It was a celebratory night for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic as Executive Director – Performance and Learning, Peter Garden won Orchestra Manager of the year at the ABO Awards (Manchester, 29 January). Peter, who has been with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic since 2008 has led pioneering work to bring music to children and adults throughout Merseyside and to ensure the organisation remains a global leader in supporting musicians’ wellbeing.
Peter Garden, Executive Director – Performance and Learning, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic commented:
“I’m thrilled to receive this award recognising the achievements and commitment of everyone at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic to improve the lives and wellbeing of people across Merseyside through music. None of the projects would be possible without the generosity of our audiences, partners and sponsors, so a massive thank you to all of our supporters.”
Peter Garden joined Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 2008 as Executive Director for Learning, expanding his remit during this time to cover both performance and learning. In music education, Peter’s work leading In Harmony Liverpool (a project providing music making opportunities for children and families across Anfield and Everton), Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company and a long term Music and Mental Health programme with the NHS has enhanced the lives of thousands of people. In performance, Peter has implemented a strategic vision to improve the working lives of musicians through launching a Musicians’ Performance and Wellbeing programme providing support for the technical, artistic, physical and psychological demands of being a professional musician. Additionally, Peter led the work with BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) to introduce a monthly specialist performing arts GP clinic for musicians, established a PhD focused on injury prevention for musicians with Liverpool John Moores University’s Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science and Help Musicians UK, and more generally overseas the management of the 79 musicians in Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
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About the Association of British Orchestras (ABO)
The ABO is the national body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. The ABO's mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector by providing advice, support, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success. Recent initiatives include Resonate in association with PRS for Music Foundation and BBC Radio 3, which supports the best orchestral music of the last 25 years, and Find Your Way which identifies and offers training to future sector leaders. The ABO campaigned successfully for Orchestra Tax Relief and continues to lobby for the sector at the highest levels.