Barnet Symphony Orchestra

Barnet Symphony Orchestra is a vibrant, engaging and dynamic orchestra based in North London. Throughout the year we play and perform classical music in an enjoyable and sociable setting. While we aim to achieve a high standard of performance, we truly believe that, as an amateur orchestra, enjoyment is the most important part of any music making experience. This means that our members truly look forward to Monday evenings from both a musical and social perspective.

We perform three concerts a year; usually in November, March and July. We warmly welcome new players throughout the year (especially strings and brass) so we’d love anyone to come along.
We have a professional conductor and leader for all our rehearsals who both bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to the rehearsals. Their expertise really does allow us to grow as individual musicians and as an ensemble to produce some wonderful performances. We also regularly work with professional soloists which is inspiring and draws the best out of the orchestra.

If you're interested in coming along and playing then leave us a message or call us on 07990 510102. We'd love to see you at our next rehearsal.


Roselise Gentile

Roselise Gentile took a piano diploma before specialising in choir and orchestral conducting, following for two years the international course held by Julius Kalmar for the Hans Swarowsky association and the the international course in Orchestra Conducting "Franco Ferrara", held by Luis Salomon at the "Teatro Sociale" in Como, Italy. Subsequently she studied with Romolo Gessi and Donato Renzetti, following the Orchestra Master Classes and the three year course at the European Academy in Vicenza. As assistant to George Pehlivanian she has collaborated with the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, in Slovenia and France.

She has worked as coach at the Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto) and at the Festival of Contemporary Music for La Biennale (Venice).

She has also worked with different instrumental ensembles, including the Regional Choir and Orchestra of Umbria and the Chamber Orchestra, Cappella Musicale di Minerbio, made up of leading members of the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale in Bologna.

Lately Roselise has decided to live permanently in England (London), where she has been appointed principal conductor of the Marlborough Concert Orchestra in 2015 and principal conductor of the Barnet Symphony Orchestra in 2016.


Clive Hobday

After studying at the Royal College of Music with Hugh Bean, and post-graduate with Emanuel Hurwitz, Clive spent 32 years in BBC orchestra (Academy of the BBC, BBC Scottish and Concert orchestra). Meanwhile, he also worked freelance with, amongst others, the BBC Scottish Radio, Royal Philharmonic Concert, London Concert, Mozart Festival and Bangkok Symphony Orchestras, as well as in operas and West End shows, including for D'Oyly Carte, "Evita" and co-leading "The Ratepayers' Iolanthe". Clive was a founder member of The Light Touch and, in Glasgow, Capella String Ensemble.

Throughout his career, he has played with and coached a plethora of amateur orchestras in and around London and beyond: he led the London Repertoire Orchestra and, for over three years, the Royal Orchestra Society. Clive guest-led several others and has even appeared as conductor occasionally, in addition to coaching chamber music groups, including in France and Thailand.

Clive's association with the Barnet Symphony Orchestra extends over 30 years (as leader for 12 years) and he is delighted to have been asked to reprise the position in this new period of the orchestra's history.