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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

15 Jul 2016: We are very pleased to announce that the Bob Harding Bursary Award for Young Conductors for the season 2016-17 has been awarded to Tom Griffin, from the Royal Marines School of Music.  The players enjoyed working with both of the excellent candidates at this year’s auditions.  As the other candidate was already busy with other conducting opportunities, we felt that Tom would benefit more from the award. 

10 Jul 2016: In line with the Havant orchestras’ tradition of venturing off the beaten musical track, John Ireland’s piano concerto was a piquant centrepiece in the Oaklands hall’s warm yet clear acoustics. … See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HSO concert in the Portsmouth News. 

2 Jul 2016: The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for July 2016 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert with Viv McLean at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 9th July. 

2 Jul 2016:  A year ago, our website moved to  The old website was set up to redirect requests automatically to the new site, but it is going away at the end of this month (July 2016) so please ensure that any bookmarks or links to this site are updated to use the new name.  See the original news item from last year for more information. 

6 May 2016:  2016-17 season announced! 
The Havant Orchestras concert programme for the 2016/17 season is now available on this website, together with information about booking season tickets.  See the news item for more details. 

10 Mar 2016: Downloadable flyers in PDF format for the next one or two concerts are now available from the relevant concert pages.  See the news item for further details. 

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

Jinah Shim
Sat 24 Sep 2016, 7.30pmHSO pre-season ‘Popular Classics’ concert at Hayling Island Community Centre conducted by Joseph Beckhelling with soloist Jinah Shim (kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme) – Nicolai, Rachmaninov, Sibelius. 

Savitri Grier 
Sat 15 Oct 2016, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Savitri Grier – Richard Strauss, Bruch, Beethoven. 

Shiry Rashkovsky 
Sat 3 Dec 2016, 7.30pmNext main HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville conducted by Jonathan Butcher and Tom Griffin with soloist Shiry Rashkovsky – Vaughan Williams, Rossini/Britten, Walton, Brahms. 

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

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

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

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