We are a sociable amateur orchestra, consisting of around fifty enthusiastic musicians from The Hague and the surrounding area.
Our rehearsals are in the Bergkerk (Daal en Bergselaan 50A, The Hague) on Thursday evening. Each year, we give four to five concerts.
A social and relaxed atmosphere is very important, while at the same time we strive for the highest possible musical level under enthusiastic direction of our conductor Arne Visser.
Our repertoire often has a theme and occasionally we also work with a choir or dance group.
Our members vary in age from about 25 to 80+ years.
Apart from making music together, we organize various other fun and social events.
Our activities vary from chamber music evenings, social drinks and an annual trip, to giving special concerts for children in elementary schools.
We also perform in smaller settings, for example on festivals or the opening of an art gallery.
Bataafs Symfonie Orkest (Bataafs Symphonic Orchestra, BSO) - or in short ‘Bataafs’ - has a long history in The Hague and surrounding area. The orchestra originated in 1921 and at that time it played salon music.
When this type of music became old fashioned, the orchestra switched to classical music. In 1992 musicians from ‘Haags Artsen Orkest’ (The Hague Physicians Orchestra) and ‘Jeugd & Muziek’ (Youth & Music) joined Bataafs and the present orchestra was formed.