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Welcome to the Havant Orchestras  –  Celebrating over 50 years of music

Welcome to the web site for the Havant Orchestras – the Havant Symphony Orchestra and the Havant Chamber Orchestra

Come and enjoy our concerts at Ferneham Hall in Fareham and other venues in the Havant, Hayling and Portsmouth area. 

Use the link buttons at the top of the page to find out more.

Latest news updates

27 Jan 2018:  The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for February 2018 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 3rd February. 

05 Nov 2017:  Terry Barfoot has kindly written an obituary for Peter Craddock which has now been published in The News. 

30 Oct 2017:  For those who would like to know more about Peter Craddock and the early years of Havant Symphony Orchestra, we have made a History page available on this website containing an informative and often amusing article from the July 1987 souvenir programme Havant Symphony Orchestra – The First Twenty Five Years.  Peter Craddock wrote the first part for the 10th Anniversary of HSO in 1972, then added further updates for the 25th Anniversary in 1987. 

Selected events

See our Events page for many more local classical music events (mainly amateur orchestral concerts) around the region. 


Sat 10 Mar 2018, 7.30pmHCO Strings concert at Emsworth Baptist Church, with conductor Robin Browning – Britten, Sibelius, Pärt, Bach, Shostakovich 


Alexander Sitkovetsky 
Sat 17 Mar 2018, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher and Richard Miller , with violin soloist Alexander Sitkovetsky – Liszt, Dvořák, Delius, Mussorgsky 



Rose Hsien 
Sat 19 May 2018, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Rose Hsien – Dvořák and Mozart 

See HCO in action

Robin Browning, HCO conductor, created a video containing extracts from the February 2015 HCO concert, originally for a news article about his appointment as HCO Musical Director on his website www.robinbrowning.com

Listen to extracts

Play start of 4th movement of the Maurice Blower Symphony in C (from the HSO CD recording)

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More HSO extracts

HCO extract

Music In Portsmouth
Supporting Music in Portsmouth
The Havant Orchestras are administered by
Havant and District Orchestral Society,
Registered Charity No. 288747
President: The Rt Hon the Lord Willetts
Patrons: The Mayor of Havant; The Mayor of Fareham
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