Musical Director

WSO is excited to announce our conductors for our 2023/24 season.  We will be having three guest conductors – one for each concert series – who are a mix of the familiar and the new.  
 
We are really excited to welcome back Joe Davies to conduct our November concert – which will include Strauss' Four Last Songs and Brahms' Fourth Symphony.  Joe conducted WSO in a play-through of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony last year, and we are delighted that Joe has agreed to conduct us again this term.
 
For our March 2024 concert we are delighted to welcome Daniel Hogan to the podium.  Daniel will be familiar to some in Hampshire as he has conducted in the county before, but this will be his first time conducting WSO.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming Daniel, who will also be conducting us in our open playday of Nielsen Symphony no.2 on Saturday 9th September.
 
And for our Young Soloists competition next summer, we are thrilled that Carl Clausen has agreed to conduct us – and our wonderful young musicians who reach the concert final.  With his depth of experience conducting, for many years, the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, as well as many other ensembles, we are delighted that Carl has agreed to lead the soloists and the orchestra in the concert finale of the competition next July.
 

Marcch 2024 Concert: conductor Daniel Hogan


Daniel Hogan is a 26-year-old British conductor who has recently graduated with First Class Honours in his Masters in Conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he studied under a full scholarship  with Toby Purser, Peter Stark and Howard Williams. He now studies for a Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music with Sian Edwards. 

In concert, Daniel has conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Moravian Philharmonic. Most recently, Daniel assisted Andrew Gourlay with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and he has also acted as an Assistant Conductor for the Philharmonia, English Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

In Summer 2022, Daniel was an active participant in the Järvi Conducting Academy, having been selected from over 200 candidates. He was taught by Paavo, Kristian and Neeme Järvi. Daniel is mentored privately by Martyn Brabbins and Christopher Seaman, and has also taken part in masterclasses led by Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Jac van Steen, Ryan Bancroft, Rafael Payare, Colin Metters, Ben Gernon and Sir Antonio Pappano. 

Daniel enjoys many close relationships with non-professional orchestras, being Music Director of the Kew Sinfonia and Chorleywood Orchestra, and regularly guest conducting  the Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Farnborough Symphony Orchestra and Winchester Symphony Orchestra amongst others. He particularly enjoys working with youth orchestras, most recently being Rehearsal Conductor for the Ulster Youth Orchestra in the Summer 2023.

Upcoming highlights include the release of his recording of the Schumann Violin Concerto, with soloist Laure Chan and Daniel’s young professional orchestra, the Sinfonia Perdita. This was recorded at Abbey Road Studios during Spring 2023.

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