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 please get in touch.
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.


Recruitment underway - news coming soon!

We are in the process of recruiting a new conductor for our 2019/2020 season (and beyond) and we're very excited about the candidates who are on our shortlist. We are very confident that we will be continuing our musical journey through the orchestral repertoire, challenging ourselves to perform wonderful concerts. And enjoying our music making as we do so of course!


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.