Robert Hodge, Musical Director

Robert HogdeRobert enjoys a busy schedule presenting an exciting season of concerts as Musical Director of the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra at the West Road Concert Hall. He is particularly well-known for his work with young people and he is passionate about the education of the next generation of musicians. Robert is Musical Director of Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra in London, and Director of Music for the South East region of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. He also works at the Royal College of Music Junior Department where he conducts the Sinfonia and delivers classes in conducting technique. Early in 2015 Robert took up a post to conduct the symphony orchestra at Rugby School, Warwickshire.  

In the summer of 2015 Robert travelled with Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, alongside soloists Andrew Zolinksky and Daniel Benn, to perform concerts in the Malta and Victoria International Arts Festivals. Following this successful tour Robert is delighted to have been invited back to work with Malta Youth Orchestra and to make his debut performance at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta.

Born in Pembrokeshire, Robert studied at Royal Holloway, University of London before winning a scholarship, funded by the H R Taylor Trust, to the Royal College of Music where his conducting teachers were Peter Stark and Robin O’Neill. At the RCM he prepared the orchestras and acted as assistant to conductors including Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In 2011 Robert was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, playing orchestral piano and celeste for their European tour.

For three years Robert was Musical Director of Nonesuch Orchestra, conducting an extensive series of outreach concerts and appearing at London festivals including the St Jude’s Proms in Hampstead. He has toured the UK with aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor, directing choirs for their critically acclaimed production, Not Until We Are Lost. In past seasons he has conducted King’s College London Symphony Orchestra, Suffolk Sinfonia, Havant Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Philharmonia and Tallis Chamber Orchestra. Robert has also delivered workshops and master-classes in conducting for Hampshire Music Service.  

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Dan Shilladay, Assistant Conductor

Dan-ShilladayDan 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 Mészáros 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 Adès’ Powder Her Face at the Royal Opera House and Tom Stoppard and André 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, the latter of which reached the final of the Royal Overseas League competition in 2009 and toured China in 2010.