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Friends of Havant Orchestras Newsletter March 2010

This is an edited copy of the March 2010 Newsletter circulated to Friends of the Havant Orchestras.


Welcome to the second Friends’ Newsletter and a warm welcome to those of you who have joined the Friends recently.  In these difficult times, the orchestras need our support more than ever and an active and strong Friends Group is a great encouragement, not only to the committee, but also to the players.

We are about 90 in number and, with your help, hope to reach 150 very soon.  So please spread the word among your concert-going friends and prospective audience members.

As a Friend, you:

  • receive Friends’ newsletters, keeping you in touch, sharing your views, offering profiles of Orchestra members, bursary holders and soloists.
  • can enjoy backstage opportunities at the Orchestras’ rehearsals.

    (NB Please let Peter know if you’re coming so that you can be contacted, if, for any reason, the rehearsal has to be cancelled.)

  • are invited to the bursary auditions for young conductors.
  • enjoy social events for Friends.
  • meet other music lovers.
  • join other Friends on trips and visits to musical events.

AND, most important of all, you will be supporting the Havant Orchestras who are registered charities and can reclaim tax on donations.

We hope all supporters will become Friends, with a minimum subscription, pegged this season at only £5.  Subscription forms are available from the Friends’ Table in the Meon Hall where your newsletters may be found and where I look forward to meeting you on 27th March.

Geoff. Porter, Friends’ Secretary

Tony Gutteridge has asked me to introduce myself to you – well here goes! I used to come to the concerts in Havant Grammar School and Oaklands School, Waterlooville before we moved away, so I have known the orchestras for some time.  Now we are back in the area, I am pleased to be of help in supporting the Friends and this is my first newsletter.

A retired primary teacher, I am a presenter on Angel Radio, director of annual revivals of Edwardian Musicals at Bognor Regis Music Club, assistant conductor of St. Mark’s Choir, Portsea and assistant treasurer at St. Faith’s Church, Havant.

Hayling Amadeus production – Tuesday 13th April

We would like to book a party to see Hayling Island Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of Peter Shaffer’s play, “Amadeus” on Tuesday 13th April at 7.30 pm.  Price will be £9 with at least £3 going to HADOS Funds.  Please send me a cheque made payable to G. Porter by 6th April and enclose SAE.  It is at The Station Theatre PO11 0EH, very close to the Community Centre.  Follow the main road onto the Island.  At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit.  At the Barley Mow pub, turn right.  The Theatre is past the shops on the right hand side.

Garden visit – Sunday 13th June

Margaret Prout has kindly invited Friends to visit her garden in Fareham between 3.00 pm. and 5.00 pm. on Sunday 13th June, to raise funds for the Orchestras.  Tickets are £4 to include tea and cake from Mrs K M Prout, 39 Blackbrook Park Avenue, Fareham, PO15 5JN   Telephone: 01329 280455.  Please include a SAE with your cheque payable to HADOS.  Please bring Raffle Prizes and Bring and Buy items.  Offers of help to make cakes and serve tea would be most welcome.

42nd Street – Saturday 26th June

Pauline will organise a group booking for the exciting musical “42nd Street” for the matinee on Saturday 26th June at the Chichester Festival Theatre and will offer a preparatory talk on the musical at her home in Chichester.  Further details in the next newsletter.

Bursary Auditions – Friday 9th July

Friends are cordially invited to the Bursary Conducting Auditions on Friday 9th July at 7.00 pm. at St. Faith’s Church Hall, The Pallant, Havant, where there is free parking next to the hall.

Thanks for your support

So, lots of enjoyable events in the future and thank you for your continued support of our wonderful orchestras.

Best wishes,
Geoff. Porter

5a First Avenue, Denvilles, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2QN – 02392 476700


Congratulations to Andrew Gourlay, Bursaryholder 2006-7 who has just been appointed Assistant Conductor to the Hallé Orchestra.

A party of Friends enjoyed a stunning performance of Janacek’s opera Katya Kabanova conducted by ex-bursaryholder Mark Wigglesworth at English National Opera.

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