Musical Director

Arturo Serna

Venezuelan / British musician Arturo Serna holds a dynamic career portfolio as conductor, cellist and teacher in the area of Dorset and Somerset. He studied at the celebrated Venezuelan El Sistema and pursued further studies in France, Switzerland and the UK. He holds a Masters in Conducting with Distinction from the University of Surrey.

Currently Arturo is the musical conductor of the Axe Vale Orchestra, Dorset County Orchestra and Shaftesbury Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted the Bridport Chamber Orchestra, Wessex Strings, Allington Strings, Sherborne and Yeovil Community Orchestras, Haslemere Musical Society and Wincanton Musical Theatre Company.

As a cellist, he holds a Post Graduate Diploma from the Trinity College of Music in London and a Concert Diploma from the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. He has performed extensively in North and South America and Europe as soloist and chamber musician. He has enjoyed freelancing with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.Arturo lives in Sherborne with his wife and two children. When not preparing scores or practicing his cello, he enjoys teaching in several schools in the Dorset and Somerset area. He has also taught for the Junior Trinity College of Music and the University of Bath Spa.

Arturo is honoured and humbled to have been selected as the conductor of the Exeter Symphony Orchestra and looks forward very much to many exciting concerts together!

'Thank you for putting some things in place for us on Saturday evening. I just wanted to thank all concerned who were extremely generous and made it happen. We had a wonderful time and my daughter had the most magical evening in the best seats she could have wished for.'

'It goes almost without saying how wonderfully talented the members of the orchestra are. We felt very privileged to be entertained and delighted by their professionalism and musical mastery. It was a truly amazing experience and one we will no doubt be talking about for some time to come.'

'I was in tears - the orchestra were playing from their soul'

'Thank you for a magical evening last night'

The Lord Mayor

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