We are an amateur orchestra, consisting of more than forty enthusiastic and sociable musicians from The Hague and the surrounding area. We rehearse on Thursday evenings in the Bergkerk (Daal en Bergselaan 50A, The Hague) and we perform four to five concerts every year.
A social and relaxed atmosphere is important. At the same time, under enthusiastic direction of our conductor Arne Visser, we strive for the highest possible musical level.
Our repertoire often has a theme and occasionally we also work with a choir or dance group. Our members vary in age from 26 to 80 years.
Apart from making music together, we organize various other nice events: from chamber music evenings, social drinks and an annual trip to concerts for elementary schools. Not only do we play as full orchestra, we also perform in smaller settings, for example on festivals or the opening of an art gallery.
Bataafs Symfonie Orkest (Bataafs Symphonic Orchestra) or BSO, has a long history in The Hague and surrounding area. The orchestra originated in 1921. Employees of the ‘Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij’, later part of Shell, played salon music together. After the Second World War, the salon music became old fashioned and the orchestra switched over to classical music under the name BSO. In 1992 the present orchestra was framed by a merger with ‘Haags Artsen Orkest’ (The Hague Physicians Orchestra) and filled up with youth from ‘Jeugd en Muziek’ (Youth and Music).