Audiences for orchestras in the UK have grown by 16% since 2010 with over 4.5m people now attending an orchestral concert every year, according to a report by the Association of British Orchestras. Nonetheless, in spite of the positive growth in attendance, the income for British orchestras has fallen by 11% over the same time period. The ABO has put this decrease down to audiences plumping for cheaper ticket options in times of financial austerity. Public funding for orchestras has fallen by 14%, while donations and sponsorship have gone up by 30%.

The report also states that « UK orchestras now reach over 660,000 children, young people and others in the community in education and outreach sessions ». Readers may download the report here:


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