The Orpington Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 70th Season in 2019/2020.

Founded in 1949, Orpington Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Joseph McMenemy for twenty-one years. Leonard Davis was appointed conductor in 1970, and continued to direct the orchestra for the next thirty years. Michael Axtell succeeded Leonard Davis in 2000. Raymond Lewis conducted the orchestra from  2003 to 2018 and Sean Morris took over for the 2018/2019 season.

Orpington Symphony Orchestra is very pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Hogan as conductor for our 2019/2020 season.

The orchestra is now a fully independent organisation although it originally came under the auspices of Orpington and District Adult Education Centre, subsequently becoming part of Bromley Adult Education College. Throughout its life, the orchestra has been supported by Bromley Arts Council. Orpington Symphony Orchestra is a member of the National Federation of Music Societies.

The orchestra has established a regular pattern of three concerts: one in December, one in March, and the final concert of the season, in June.

Soloists who have appeared with Orpington Symphony Orchestra include:


Ralph Holmes
Levon Chilingirian
Irene Kohler
Hugh Bean
Colin Parr
William Overton
John Coulling
Julia Cload
Paul Barritt

Lorraine McAslan
Lionel Handy
Alison Kelly
Nigel Clayton
Gary Ryan
Gina McCormack
Francis Mason
Clare Hammond
Susie Meszaros

Ursula John
Madeleine Ridd
Raymond Lewis
David Owen Norris
Haru Ushigusa
Nelson Sinclair-Strong
Akito Goto


Daniel Hogan is 22 and an aspiring conductor who, as described by players in the Watford Youth Sinfonia, ‘draws emotion out of each individual player’ and ‘has a similar musical maturity to much older conductors’. He studied at the Junior Royal Academy of Music between 2011 and 2015, studying composition with Matthew Taylor, conducting with Rebecca Miller and piano with Eleanor Hodgkinson. As a composer, for his final two years there he was the winner of the Gareth Walters Composition Prize, for his ‘Sinfonietta’ and ‘Clarinet Concertino’ respectively, each receiving premieres at the Academy conducted by Matthew Taylor. His ‘Scherzo for Orchestra’ was also commissioned by the Junior Academy and premiered by the symphony orchestra. His first orchestral commission was when he was 14, receiving a premiere from the local Misbourne Symphony Orchestra, and since, his music has been played by the Aurora Orchestra (with a performance broadcast on BBC Radio 3) and in America by the Octava Chamber Orchestra. Future performances include a second hearing of his Viola Concerto in Manchester with the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Josh Quinlan and soloist Alinka Rowe, and the premiere of his percussion concerto this summer with Daniel conducting the Watford Youth Sinfonia and soloist Adam Cracknell. Daniel’s music is published by Apollo-Edition.

As a conductor, Daniel is the founder of the Watford Youth Sinfonia, a student-led orchestra who, since 2014 when he was 17, have been performing incredibly ambitious repertoire under his directorship, such as Mahler’s 9th symphony and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. With WYS, Daniel has accompanied some of the most upcoming young soloists including Isata Kanneh-Mason and Laure Chan, and worked closely with the country’s leading composers, such as David Matthews and Matthew Taylor. Daniel has just graduated with first class honours in Music from the University of York, where he was also very active as a conductor. He was the first student conductor in years to be allowed to conduct the University Symphony Orchestra, and was also music director for the Opera Society’s productions of Ravel’s ‘L’enfant et les sortileges’, and Mozart’s ‘Abduction from the Seraglio’, as well as being a regular conductor for the University’s New Music Ensemble ‘Chimera’.

This year, Daniel has been offered a place at the London Conducting Academy where he looks forward to honing his technique under the renowned teacher Denise Ham. He will also continue studying with Rebecca Miller, and is excited to be receiving guidance from internationally renowned conductors Ben Gernon and Sir Antonio Pappano, who are both major inspirations to him. Plans for the upcoming year also including the formation of a new young professionals orchestra, the ‘Sinfonia Perdita’, who are dedicated to performing neglected masterworks, and Daniel is super excited to have been elected conductor for the Orpington Symphony Orchestra, who he will lead through their 70th anniversary season.