The Hemel Symphony Orchestra (formerly Dacorum Symphony Orchestra) boasts over forty-five years of musical activity with a vast repertoire that includes Mahler’s symphonies, Richard Strauss’s Symphonic Poems, extracts from Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

The orchestra distinguished itself by being the first orchestra in Hertfordshire to perform Elgar’s third symphony re-arranged by Anthony Payne, and for performing, on a memorable occasion, all of Beethoven’s symphonies in a single day.

The orchestra has been invited to perform in the UK on several occasions at venues that have included, among others, Dorchester, Dartington, London, Luton, St. Albans (Cathedral), Watford (The Colosseum) and Wimborne Minster, among others.
Tours abroad include Neu-Isenburg in Germany, Toulouse, Ingelheim am Rhein, Berlin, Paris and Italy.

Since 2018 the Hemel Symphony Orchestra has been conducted by Maestro Claudio Di Meo.


We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 during term-time at Boxmoor Primary School, Cowper Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1PF.

Our first full season will be 2019-20 and we plan to present four concerts. Several well-regarded soloists have asked to work with us and we are planning a trip to Italy during 2020.

We have vacancies for violins, violas and double basses; and also for trombones and horns.But please feel free to contact us with your details, and we would be very happy to put you on file in case any vacancies occur, or if we need extra players for any pieces!