News and Reviews
News: National Position for Viva Chief Executive
Dec 22 2011
The Chief Executive of the Derby-based East Midlands orchestra Sinfonia Viva has been appointed to the Board of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO).
Peter Helps was elected as a Director at the ABO's annual general meeting in London and will now play a key role on the national body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras throughout the UK. He joins an illustrious board drawn from leading organisations including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Welsh National Opera.
ABO Chief Executive Mark Pemberton said: "Peter's wide ranging experience and particularly his understanding of the particular demands facing a regional orchestra will be crucial in shaping the ABO's strategic direction and communications. We were hugely impressed by Peter's personal dynamism and commitment and by the artistic quality and integrity of Sinfonia Viva when we held our annual conference in Derby in February 2011. I am sure he will be an important asset to the ABO Board in the coming years."
Peter Helps concluded: "We are the only regional chamber orchestra represented at Board level at the ABO so it is an honour to be elected to represent the views of my peers. Viva's first-hand experience and our growing national reputation for working so closely with local communities through concerts and education projects in urban and rural areas across the region will, I hope, be a useful contribution to shaping the future of orchestras' contribution to the Arts, particularly in this challenging funding climate."
Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones - Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945 665 firstname.lastname@example.org