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Judith Webster replaces Mark Pemberton at Association of British Orchestras

The former leader of the live events charity Music for Youth, Judith Webster has been appointed Chief Executive of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO), taking over from Mark Pemberton who has left after 15 years.

Judith Webster brings enthusiasm and fresh thinking to ABO. She has a long of working with orchestras, developing engagement programmes the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, as well as creating and directing the Royal College of Music’s post-graduate diploma in Creative Leadership. 

Commenting on Judith Webster’s appointment, Simon Webb, Chair of the ABO, said, ‘Judith is an established and highly regarded colleague in the orchestral and music education sectors. She has demonstrated her understanding of the sector and ability to deliver real and effective change both in orchestras and in the music education sector more broadly. 

Judith Webster responded in kind, ‘The opportunity to lead the ABO at this time is a perfect fit for me, combining as it does my passion for orchestras and my deep-rooted commitment to embracing change and supporting innovation in all aspects of their work.’

She added on her Linkedin page, ‘I’m so excited to be coming back to working with orchestras, still my first love.’

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