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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

9 Feb 2016: An enterprising piece of programming was tarnished by a failure to provide adequate lighting.  … See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HCO concert in the Portsmouth News. 

30 Jan 2016: We have just heard that the date of the next Solent Symphony Orchestra has been changed to 20th February, not 13th as given in our Newsletter.  This is to avoid a clash with a concert in Chichester in aid of St. Wilfrid’s Hospice and in support of cellist Sophie McNestrie (who played for a long time with HCO) in her battle with cancer.  See the news item for details.

30 Jan 2016: The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for February 2016 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert with The Albany Piano Trio at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 6th February. 

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


Joo Yeon Sir*
Sat 19 Mar 2016, 7:30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville conducted by Jonathan Butcher and Joseph Beckhelling with soloist Joo Yeon Sir – Schumann, Sibelius, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák 

Kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme. 



Karen Kingsley
Sat 14 May 2016, 7:30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Karen Kingsley – Leo Weiner, Mozart, Mendelssohn. 

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

HCO extract

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, PC
Patrons: The Mayor of Havant; The Mayor of Fareham
Affiliated to:
Making Music


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