Lucy Thraves


RNCM chief Linda Merrick appointed to ABO Board

12:57, 14th September 2018

Professor Linda Merrick of the Royal Northern College of Music has become the first conservatoire principal to be appointed to the board of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO).

Gavin Reid, chairman of the board, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Linda, who brings a wealth of experience from the higher education sector, in addition to her deep knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing today’s performers.’

Mark Pemberton, director of the ABO, said: ‘The ABO is all about the best possible representation of the collective interests of orchestras alongside the wider classical music industry throughout the UK.

‘Linda is a hugely welcome addition to the team as we face up to the challenges faced by the creative sector during Brexit.’

Merrick added: ‘While conservatoires already enjoy a very positive relationship with Britain’s orchestras, I hope my appointment to the ABO Board will help to strengthen this and provide a chance to share opportunities and challenges to the mutual benefit of both organisations.’


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