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Concert and rehearsal dates for future seasons

How we plan our concert and rehearsal dates

The normal concert and rehearsal dates for the Havant Orchestras have followed a systematic pattern for many years, to help avoid clashes with other organisations in the area.  The concert dates are based on the Hampshire Schools term dates, as follows: 

  • The Hayling pre-season ‘Popular Classics’ concert is on the Saturday immediately after the third Friday of the new school year in September.  Rehearsals are on the three preceding Fridays, the first of which is combined with the AGM. 
  • There is one HCO concert each term, on the Saturday one week before the start of the half term break.  Rehearsals are on the two preceding Tuesdays. 
  • There is one HSO main concert each term, on a Saturday approximately two weeks before the end of term.  However, when Easter is very early or late, the March concert may vary from this.  Rehearsals are every Friday during term time except for the day immediately before the HCO concert and any Friday between the HSO concert and end of term.  In the summer term the Friday following the July concert is used for bursary auditions. 

It may sometimes be necessary to modify a specific concert date if a venue, conductor, soloist or key player is unavailable on the normal date.  For main concerts, the usual alternative date is one week earlier, and for the Hayling pre-season concert the usual alternative date is a week later.  As many of our players are teachers, we specifically try to avoid setting any concert dates which are within school holidays, including the first Saturday of the half term break. 

Note that if an alternative date has to be used, this should not be taken to suggest that the corresponding concert date in the following season will follow the same pattern, as the normal pattern will be resumed if possible.

Provisional dates for 2018-2019

The table below shows the currently planned concert dates and rehearsal dates for the 2018-2019 season, assuming that we continue our normal pattern.  These dates will remain provisional until we have been able to confirm venue, conductor and soloist bookings. 

The main HSO concerts for this season are all expected to be at Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville, while the HCO concerts are provisionally expected to remain at Ferneham Hall, Fareham.

All HSO rehearsals before the concert week are expected to be at St. Faith’s Church Hall unless indicated otherwise.  The rehearsal on the Friday evening immediately preceding the concert day and on the concert day itself are normally both at the concert venue. 

All HCO rehearsals except on the concert day are expected to be at Bosmere Junior School, Havant. 

If you need to check the latest status on dates, please contact the administrator or the chairman

Concert Date Orchestra Location Rehearsals
Saturday 22nd September 2018 7.30pm Havant Symphony Orchestra Hayling Island Community Centre Fridays 7.15pm–9.45pm: 7 Sep (+ AGM), 14 Sep
21 Sep at Hayling,
Sat 22 Sep 2.00pm
Saturday 13th October 2018 7.30pm Havant Chamber Orchestra Ferneham Hall,
Fareham
Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 2 Oct, 9 Oct,
Sat 13 Oct 2.00pm
Saturday 1st December 2018 7.30pm Havant Symphony Orchestra Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Fridays 7.15pm–9.45pm
28 Sep, 5 Oct, 19 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov,
30 Nov at Oaklands,
Sat 1 Dec 2.00pm
Saturday 9th February 2019 7.30pm Havant Chamber Orchestra Ferneham Hall,
Fareham
Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 29 Jan, 5 Feb,
Sat 9 Feb 2.00pm
Saturday 23rd March 2019 7.30pm Havant Symphony Orchestra Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Fridays 7.15pm–9.45pm
11 Jan, 18 Jan, 25 Jan, 1 Feb, 15 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar
22 Mar at Oaklands,
Sat 23 Mar 2.00pm
Saturday 18th May 2019 7.30pm Havant Chamber Orchestra Ferneham Hall,
Fareham
Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 7 May, 14 May,
Sat 18 May 2.00pm
Saturday 13th July 2019 7.30pm* Havant Symphony Orchestra Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Fridays 7.15pm–9.45pm
26 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 24 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 5 Jul,
12 Jul at Oaklands,
Sat 13 Jul 2.00pm

* The July concert date is a week later than normal because Jonathan Butcher is conducting an IWSO concert on 6th July.

The provisional date for the bursary auditions for next season is Friday 19th July 2019 but this may have to change as it is very close to the end of term. 

It is possible that there may be additional events during the Spring and Summer terms, in which case some rehearsal dates will be reallocated for that purpose. 


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