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Friends of Havant Orchestras News and Events

This page summarizes news and events for Friends of the Havant Orchestras.  More details are available in the Friends’ Newsletter which is distributed to Friends by post or e-mail. 

Friends’ Events

See the main Events page for the full list of events for the orchestras, including concerts.

[1st October 2011]
The American Supper scheduled for Saturday 8th October has unfortunately had to be cancelled because not enough tickets were sold to make it worth while.  If you have suggestions for alternative Friends’ fund-raising activities please let Geoff know.

June 2011 Friends’ Newsletter

[30th June 2011]

Dear Friends

Thank you to all those who came to The Garden Party on 19th June.  Especial thanks to Margaret and Geoffrey Prout for opening their garden and house for this occasion, to Stuart Reed and Cool Classics and to all those who bought and sold in aid of the Orchestras.

We are looking forward to The Bob Harding Bursary Auditions on Friday 8th July at 7.00 pm in St. Faith’s Church Hall, The Pallant, Havant.  Two or three conductors will perform for the Bursary opportunity next season.  Beryl Harding has kindly agreed to provide the refreshments again – hopefully including her sausage pie! Please come along (free parking next to Hall) and support the orchestra and candidates.

The Waterloo Room at The Elms, Bedhampton, has been booked for An American Supper on Saturday 8th October, 7.00 for 7.30 pm to help celebrate the 50th Season.  Tickets will be £7.50 to raise much-needed funds.  They will be available from me [for contact details see printed newsletter].  Please make cheques payable to HADOS and include a SAE.  There is free parking at the church nearby.  We hope to have live music for your entertainment.  Please let me know if you are bringing savoury or sweet contributions.  We will also need to bring cutlery and of course, drinks!

Best wishes,
Geoffrey Porter (Friends’ Hon Sec)

March 2011 Friends’ Newsletter

Dear Friends

The Friends sponsored the concert by The Havant Chamber Orchestra on 12th February at The Ferneham Hall and we enjoyed the drinks in the interval.

Sylvia Mundy kindly opened her house to Friends on 5th March, where we viewed her large collection of paintings and partook of delicious cakes and tea.  £53 was raised for HADOS funds.  Thank you to those who came and especially to Sylvia for all her work.

The Concerto Evening is on Friday 10th June at Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, PO11 0HB from 7.00 pm.  Admission is £5 and £1 for children, but only £4 for Friends, on the door.

The Cool Classics Quintet have agreed to play at Margaret Prout’s Garden Party on Sunday 12th 19th June.  She is kindly opening her lovely garden from 3.00 pm. until 5.00 pm.  [For full details see the printed newsletter].  There will be a Raffle (contributions welcomed) and Bring and Buy.  Admission Tickets will be available from Margaret at £4 each (please enclose SAE and make cheques out to “HADOS”).

Best wishes,
Geoff. Porter (Secretary to the Friends)

February 2011 Friends’ Newsletter

[5th February 2011]

Dear Friends

I hope you enjoyed the Oaklands HSO Concert.  It was nostalgic being back in our previous venue and the orchestra sounded marvellous.

The 12th February concert by The Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall will be sponsored by The Friends.  So please come along and enjoy some drinks in the interval that evening.  I would be grateful if you would kindly let me know if you intend to come for catering purposes.  Please just give me a ring on 02392 476700 or tell me by e-mail: geoff.porter@uwclub.net ; I look forward to seeing you there.

Many thanks to Sylvia Mundy, who has kindly offered to host an afternoon tea with scones & cakes and a sale of her paintings with 50% of the proceeds going to HADOS Funds.  This will take place on Saturday 5th March 2011 from 2.45 to 4.45 pm.  [For details see distributed Newsletter].  Friends may drop in and out at anytime during the two hours.  The paintings are displayed upstairs in Sylvia’s study.  There is no ramp at the front door but there is a stair-lift!  The entry charge will be £3 and there will be a raffle to be drawn at 4.15 pm.  Raffle prizes will be welcomed.  Please come along and support this afternoon; enjoy afternoon tea, meet your friends and who knows – you may come away with a nice painting and swell the Hados coffers in the process.

We welcomed Margaret Prout to the Friends’ Sub-Committee and she has kindly offered to host another Garden Party in her lovely garden in Fareham on Sunday 12th 19th June 2011 from 3.00 till 5.00 pm.  This event is open to Friends and others.  Raffle prizes are welcomed and Cool Classics Quintet will play.

Just a reminder that there are many opportunities for sponsorship or part sponsorship to support next season’s concerts.  This includes covering all or part of a soloist’s fees, cost or hire of music, contributions to Performing Rights Society fees for copyright works, fees of guest orchestral players or hire of concert hall; and all donations can be Gift-aided.  Please contact Sandra Craddock (023 9248 3228 or sandra.craddock@ntlworld.com) or me for further details.  Thank you for your continued support.

Please come and say ‘hello’ at The Friends’ Table at Ferneham Hall.

Best wishes,

Geoff. Porter (Friends’ Secretary)

November/December 2010 Friends’ Newsletter

[28th November 2010]

Dear Friends

Thank you to all 14 of you who came to our St. Cecilia-tide Lunch and Talk.  The delicious finger buffet was beautifully prepared by Chef Sam.  The talk and music seemed to go down well, once I had mastered the audio system in The Panel Room.

The 12th February concert by The Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall will be sponsored by The Friends.  So please come along and enjoy some drinks in the interval that evening.

Sylvia Mundy, has kindly offered to host an afternoon tea with scones & cakes and a sale of her paintings with 50% of the proceeds going to HADOS Funds.  This will take place on Saturday 5th March 2011 from 2.45 to 4.45 pm.  [For full details, see the distributed version of the newsletter].

As a regular presenter and just one of over 70 volunteers on Angel Radio, Havant, I have prepared over 200 programmes of light music.  My recorded slots are on Wednesdays at 7.30 pm. and on Sundays at 10.30 am. for 25 minutes each.  The radio broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The frequency is 101.1 FM and on line at http://angelradio.co.uk/  The studio is at 17 Market Parade, Havant PO9 1PY and the station has won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

In the “What’s On” programme on Angel Radio, Havant Orchestras’ Concerts are regularly mentioned.  I have recently completed writing and recording four programmes featuring some of the music of Sir Edward Elgar.  The first programme will include Havant Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Elgar’s Wand of Youth Suite No. 2, recorded at Ferneham Hall.  It will probably be broadcast next year and I will try to let you know when that will take place.

Thank you to all those who returned the questionnaires.  The replies were very positive and included suggestions for future social events, requests to meet players and ideas for sponsorship opportunities.

Some Friends have kindly agreed to check up on local libraries to see if they are displaying our posters and handbills for forthcoming concerts.

Margaret Prout has accepted our invitation to join the Friends’ Sub-Committee and to host another Garden Party next summer at her Fareham home.

With very best wishes,

Geoff. Porter (Secretary to The Friends)

News for October 2010

Nine Friends attended the rehearsal on 9th July taken by Samuel Draper, who has been invited to stay on as our Bursary Holder for 2010/2011.  We heard him rehearse Brahms Symphony No. 1 and the Overture ‘Oberon’ by Weber for the Hayling Island Concert.  During the break, we enjoyed meeting the players over a sumptuous feast, kindly provided by Beryl H.

The next social event will be at 12 noon for 12.30 p.m.  until about 2 ish, Lunch-time Finger Buffet, on Saturday 20th November held at Denvilles House, 33 Emsworth Road, Havant PO9 2SN.  See the Newsletter for full details.

The Welsh National Opera are performing at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Tony and Helen Gutteridge invite Friends to meet in the Dress Circle Bar during the interval. The dates are:

  • “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss on Tuesday 23rd November at 7.15 pm.  with bookable pre-performance talk at 6.00 pm.
  • “Fidelio” by Beethoven on Wednesday 24th November at 7.15 pm.  with bookable pre-performance talk at 6.00 pm.
  • “The Magic Flute” (in English) by Mozart on Thursday 25th November at 7.15 pm.
  • “Die Fledermaus” (in English) by Strauss on Wednesday 23rd March 2011 at 7.15 pm.  with bookable pre-performance talk at 6.00 pm.  (My wife and I will also be there).
  • “Il Trovatore” by Verdi on Thursday 24th March 2011 at 7.15 pm.  with bookable pre-performance talk at 6.00 pm.
Book online at mayflower.org.uk or phone 02380 711811.

A Friends’ Questionnaire is included with the Autumn 2010 newsletter and, to enable us to plan for the future, we would be very grateful if you would kindly take a few minutes to fill it in.  Please take the opportunity to add any comments that you would like to make.  You may remain anonymous or add your name if you wish.

Finally, you will be saddened to hear of the passing of our President, Pauline Buzzing.  She had been very ill for some time and died peacefully at her home in Chichester in July.  At her funeral in Chichester Cathedral, a string quintet from the orchestras played Dvorak and Rossini.  She was a great supporter of The Friends and will be sorely missed.

Yours sincerely,

Geoff. Porter


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