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Welcome to the 2017–18 Season of concerts by The Havant Orchestras

If you enjoy classical music, you don’t have to travel far or pay huge ticket prices to hear it live!  The two Havant Orchestras provide an opportunity for local musicians (including music teachers and talented amateur musicians) to perform together and for local audiences to experience live orchestral music for very reasonable prices, with special low prices for students and children.

Both orchestras have a solid reputation for high quality performances with outstanding soloists, including familiar local musicians, up-and-coming new talent and established international performers.

Oaklands School Hall
Oaklands School Hall

Havant Symphony Orchestra (HSO) concerts are at Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville, which is fortunate to have the best hall in the area for large orchestral concerts, with raked seating and excellent acoustics.

Our December concerto soloist, left-hand pianist Nicholas McCarthy, is joining HSO for the first time.  Our soloists in March and July are outstanding violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and distinguished cellist Raphael Wallfisch, both of whom have previously performed with both HSO and HCO, although Raphael Wallfisch’s performances were back in the 1980s.

HSO’s Bob Harding Bursary Award scheme enables a talented student conductor to work with the orchestra throughout the season, and each HSO concert normally includes at least one work conducted by the current award holder.

Havant Chamber Orchestra (HCO) concerts continue at Ferneham Hall, Fareham.  The October concert features two of our own star players from HCO, Robert Blanken (clarinet) and Richard Moore (bassoon), in Richard Strauss’s delightful Duet Concertino, and also includes Fauré, Elgar and Schubert.  In February’s concert, new soloist Richard Uttley performs the Schumann piano concerto, and HCO’s exploration of the work of Beethoven continues with his ‘Eroica’ Symphony.  For the final concert in May, new soloist Rose Hsien (violin) performs Mozart and Dvořák, and the concert concludes appropriately with Mozart’s ‘Prague’ Symphony.

Separate season tickets are available for the three concerts at each venue, with a further price reduction when season tickets are purchased for both venues.  Single tickets are on sale from September, after the initial season ticket seats have been allocated. 

In addition to the main program of three concerts by each orchestra, Havant Symphony Orchestra have a pre-season concert of ‘Popular Classics’ at Hayling Island Community Centre on Saturday 30th September 2017, conducted by our 2016-17 Bob Harding Bursary award holder Tom Griffin.  We also hope to fit in another additional concert by the strings of Havant Chamber Orchestra at Emsworth Baptist Church as we did in March 2017. 

Book your Season Tickets now to enjoy –

  • Pre-concert talks at 6.30pm
  • Interludes by local students at 7.00pm
  • Concerts at 7.30pm

 

Join The Friends of the Orchestras to enjoy social events with fellow music lovers and also support the Orchestras. 

Robert Douglas
Robert Douglas
Rob Blanken and Richard Moore
Robert Blanken & Richard Moore
Nicholas McCarthy
Nicholas McCarthy
RichardUttley
Richard Uttley
Alexander Sitkovetsky
Alexander Sitkovetsky
Rose Hsien
Rose Hsien
Raphael Wallfisch
Raphael Wallfisch

For full details of each concert, click on the soloist, or click on the date in the following list or in the link bar above.

Date Orchestra Location Includes works by …
Saturday 30th September 2017 Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Tom Griffin
Hayling Island
Community Centre
Johann Strauss Jr, Beethoven, Schumann
Saturday 14th October 2017 Havant Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Ferneham Hall,
Fareham
Fauré, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Schubert
Saturday 2nd December 2017 Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Jonathan Butcher
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Elgar, Butterworth, Ravel, Franck
Saturday 3rd February 2018 Havant Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Ferneham Hall,
Fareham
Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven
Saturday 17th March 2018 Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Jonathan Butcher
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Liszt, Dvořák, Delius, Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel)
Saturday 19th May 2018 Havant Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Ferneham Hall,
Fareham
Dvořák, Mozart
Saturday 7th July 2018 Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Jonathan Butcher
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Borodin, Finzi, Tchaikovsky

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