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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

20 Feb 2017: Some people have been looking for a review of our recent HCO concert with James Turnbull.  Unfortunately, the reviewer was unable to make it to the concert (car trouble) so there isn't one at the moment.  But if you were at the concert, please feel free to let us know what you thought of it! 

4 Feb 2017: The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for February 2017 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert with James Turnbull at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 11th February and the HCO strings concert at Emsworth Baptist Church on Saturday 11th March. 

13 Jan 2017: In addition to our own Events page, another useful source of information about local concerts is the Music In Portsmouth website, which provides listings for amateur classical music events (choral as well as orchestral) in the Portsmouth area. 

5 Dec 2016: Perhaps the most remarkable development since Jonathan Butcher became HSO’s musical director is the advance of players promoted to principal roles. … See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HSO concert in the Portsmouth News. 

Selected events


Sat 11 Mar 2017, 7.30pmHCO strings concert at Emsworth Baptist Church, with conductor Robin Browning – Sibelius, Warlock, Puccini, Elgar, Tchaikovsky. 


Tom Torley 
Sat 25 Mar 2017, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville conducted by Jonathan Butcher and Tom Griffin with soloist Tom Torley – Mendelssohn, Borodin, Gregson, Schubert, Dvořák. 


Roger Owens 
Sat 20 May 2017, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Roger Owners – All-Beethoven concert. 

See the Events page for many more classical music events around the region. 

See HCO in action

Robin Browning, HCO conductor, has included a video containing extracts from the February 2015 HCO concert in 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

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Supported by:
Hampshire County Council
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
Affiliated to:
Making Music


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