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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

23 Nov 2018:  The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for December 2018 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 1st December. 

6 Nov 2018:  We now have a Havant Orchestras blog!  You can use the Blogger link button on this page to visit the blog or sign up to the blog to receive automatic updates by email.  See the news item for more details.  Stella Scott has already written an article about the Pallant Hall service last Sunday, for which the Havant Orchestras provided a string quartet to play along with the hymns. 

25 Oct 2018:  Peter Craddock Celebration Concert
There will be a special afternoon concert by the combined Havant Orchestras on Sunday 3rd March 2019, 2.30pm, at Oaklands School, to celebrate our memories of our founder and outstanding musical director for 50 years, Peter Craddock, BEM, who passed away in 2017.  See the news item for details.

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. 

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. 


Fri 14 Dec 2018, 7.30pmIt’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at Hayling Island Community Centre, with the University of Chichester Concert Orchestra plus HSO players. 


Sara Deborah Timossi 
Sat 9 Feb 2019, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Sara Deborah Timossi – Wirén, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven 


Duncan Riddell & Richard Harwood 
Sun 3 Mar 2019, 2.30pmPeter Craddock Celebration Concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, Toby Purser and Stefano Boccacci, with soloists Duncan Riddell (violin) and Richard Harwood (cello), – Nicolai, Brahms, Delius, Tchaikovsky, Blower 


Ben Goldscheider 
Sat 23 Mar 2019, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher and Stefano Boccacci , with soloist Ben Goldscheider – Coleridge-Taylor, Smetana, Weber, Dvořák 

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

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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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