Scottish Chamber Orchestra CEO Gavin Reid has been elected Chair of the Association of British Orchestras, succeeding Kathryn McDowell of the LSO.
ABO director Mark Pemberton said: ‘It was clear to the Board that Gavin Reid can provide the experienced leadership needed to guide the ABO through the next few years, including challenges such as Brexit, public funding and diversity within orchestras.’
Gavin Reid said: ‘Our sector faces some tough challenges over the next few years. There is the potential impact that Brexit could have on our collective ability to engage with artists, promoters, venues, and funders in Europe. Pressures on public funding show no signs of easing and we cannot and must not lose sight of the need to address issues of diversity and inclusion. That said, our orchestras have never been in greater artistic health, never more innovative, never more resilient and never more needed.’