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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

16 May 2016: Founder-conductor Peter Craddock’s aim of programming music off the beaten track was delightfully honoured by the HCO in its final concert of the 2015-16 season. … See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HSO concert in the Portsmouth News. 

6 May 2016:  2016-17 season announced! 
The Havant Orchestras concert programme for the 2016/17 season is now available on this website, together with information about booking season tickets.  See the news item for more details. 

10 Mar 2016: Downloadable flyers in PDF format for the next one or two concerts are now available from the relevant concert pages.  See the news item for further details. 

28 Jun 2015:  We’ve moved!  This website has moved to www.havantorchestras.org.uk.  Please ensure any bookmarks or links to this site are updated to use the new name.  See the news item for more information. 

8 May 2015: We have expanded the scope of our Events page to include several other orchestras.  See the news item for details. 

Selected events


Viv McLean
Sat 9 Jul 2016, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville conducted by Jonathan Butcher and Joseph Beckhelling with soloist Viv McLean – Brahms, John Ireland (very generously supported by the John Ireland Trust), Rachmaninov. 


Jinah Shim
Sat 24 Sep 2016, 7.30pmHSO pre-season ‘Popular Classics’ concert at Hayling Island Community Centre conducted by Joseph Beckhelling with soloist Jinah Shim (kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme) – Nicolai, Rachmaninov, Sibelius. 

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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