Robert Hodge, Musical Director


Robert is fast building a reputation as a conductor with considerable skill, clarity of technique, and a good rapport with his musicians.  He relishes conducting programmes that are exciting, enjoyable and challenging for players and audiences alike.

In the 2017/18 season Robert will make his professional debut with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting two concerts at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta. He will also work for the first time with Oxford University Orchestra at the Sheldonian Theatre, presenting a programme of Bernstein and Rachmaninov. A fourth trip to conduct Malta Youth Orchestra in December adds to his busy guest conducting schedule.


Robert has been the Musical Director of the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra since 2012, in which time he has delivered thirty-four concerts that have explored both popular classics and lesser known treasures. The 17/18 season is packed with wonderful repertoire and stunning soloists.

Robert 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 London Junior region of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. He also works at the Royal College of Music Junior Department (RCMJD) where he conducts the Sinfonia.


Robert is increasingly busy as a teacher of conducting technique. At the RCMJD he is responsible for all conducting classes and from September Robert will also be teaching on the Postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music, delivering a unit entitled ‘The Conductor as Educator’.

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, Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, the Yorchestra Holiday Courses, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Tallis Chamber Orchestra.


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.