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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 Jul 2018:  We now have a biography page with more information about our new bursary student conductor Stefano Boccacci.  The works which he will be conducting in each HSO concert are now indicated on the relevant concert pages. 

16 Jul 2018:  We are delighted to announce that the Bob Harding Bursary for Young Conductors for the 2018-19 season has been awarded to Stefano Boccacci, nominated by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  We enjoyed his audition rehearsal immensely and look forward to working with him during the season. 

13 July 2018:  Here's a review of the recent HSO concert, by Stuart Reed, for Music In Portsmouth: Review: Havant Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert: a scorcher

29 Jun 2018:  The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for July 2018 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 7th July, and Stella's thoughts on her recent trip to Berlin. 

11 May 2018:  2018-19 season announced! 
The programme of Havant Orchestras concerts for the 2018/19 season is now available on this website, together with information about booking season tickets.  See the news item for details. 

Selected events

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

Ruth Hallows 
Sat 22 Sep 2018, 7.30pmPopular Classics HSO concert at Hayling Island Community Centre, conducted by Richard Miller, our 2017-2018 student conductor , with cello soloist Ruth Hallows – von Suppé, Haydn, Brahms 

Robert Blanken 
Sat 13 October 2018, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Robert Blanken – Mozart and Haydn 

Dinara Klinton 
Sat 1 Dec 2018, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher , with piano soloist Dinara Klinton – Handel arr. Elgar, Holst, Ravel, Vaughan Williams 

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

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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