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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

10 May 2019:  2019-20 season announced! 
Full details of the Havant Orchestras concert programme for the 2019/20 season are now on this website, plus information on booking season tickets.  We also now have details of our ‘Popular Classics’ concert by Havant Symphony Orchestra at Hayling Island Community Centre on 21st September 2019.  View the news item for more information. 

10 May 2019:  The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for May 2019 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 18th May. 

15 Mar 2019:  Now that the celebration concert is over, we felt that a good way to ensure Peter Craddock’s name continues to be associated with the orchestras was to create the Peter Craddock Memorial Fund to contain the donations that enable the orchestras to develop and flourish.  See our new Supporting page for details. 

6 Mar 2019:  Here's a review of our special concert, by Stuart Reed, for Music In Portsmouth: A celebration of the life of Peter Craddock

Our thanks to everyone who participated in or attended the very special concert on 3rd March 2019 to celebrate our memories of Peter Craddock.  From feedback received so far, performers and audience enjoyed it immensely and felt that it was a fitting tribute to Peter's inspiring contribution to the musical life of the area. 

Selected events

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


Joo Yeon Sir 
Sat 13 Jul 2019, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher and Stefano Boccacci , with soloist Joo Yeon Sir – Wagner, Humperdinck, Prokofiev, Bridge, Richard Strauss 


Nia Thomas 
Sat 21 Sep 2019, 7.30pmHSO Hayling concert at Hayling Island Community Centre, conducted by Stefano Boccacci , with soloist Nia Thomas – Sibelius, Weber, Bruch, Schumann 


Lucinda Willits 
Sat 19 Oct 2019, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Lucinda Willits – Vaughan Williams, Barber, Albinoni, Tchaikovsky 

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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