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 with a fun and enjoyable approach. We aim to achieve a high standard of performance but we truly believe that, as an amateur orchestra, enjoyment is the most important part of any music making experience. This means that our members look forward to Monday evenings from both a musical and social perspective.

We perform three concerts a year; usually in November, March and July in Friern Barnet, North London. We warmly welcome new players at all times (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 orchestra. 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 send us a message or call us on 07990 510102. We'd love to see you at our next rehearsal.


We have three guest conductors for our next three orchestra concerts

Our first conductor is Dan Shilladay

Dan read music at the University of Birmingham before completing a masters degree in contemporary music studies at the University of York. During a further year of study at the Royal College of Music with Susie Meszaros and Annette Isserlis, he was selected for the Jerwood/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Scheme for Young Players, and was also invited by Martyn Brabbins to perform with the Cheltenham Festival Academy.

Dan is now a London-based freelance musician and performs with, among others, the OAE, the English Chamber Orchestra and the English Baroque Soloists, with whom he has performed at the BBC Proms. As a member of the 2008 Southbank Sinfonia, he participated in critically acclaimed productions of Tom Ades' Powder Her Face at the Royal Opera House and Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn's Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre. Alongside period instrument performance, he is especially interested in contemporary music, and has played in the York and Cheltenham festivals.

A keen chamber musician, Dan is a founder member of the Baldaccio Quartet and the Berkeley Ensemble


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.