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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

16 Jul 2017:  We are very pleased to announce that the Bob Harding Bursary Award for Young Conductors for the season 2017-18 has been awarded to Richard Miller, nominated by the Royal College of Music.  See the news item for further details.

10 Jul 2017:  Yesterday we were treated to a wonderful evening of Classical music. …  We are grateful to the Mayor of Havant for a very kind Facebook post and photo expressing appreciation for last Saturday’s HSO concert.

1 Jul 2017:  The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for July 2017 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert including Holst’s Planets suite at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 8th July. 

26 May 2017:  New photographs of HCO were taken by local photographer Kevin Diamond at the final rehearsal for the recent all-Beethoven concert.  The HCO photo on the About page and HCO leader photo on the Leaders page have been updated with new pictures from this occasion.  See the news item for more information. 

Selected events

See our Events page for many more local classical music events (mainly amateur orchestral concerts) around the region. 


Robert Douglas 
Sat 30 Sep 2017, 7.30pmNext HSO concert: ‘Popular Classics’ at Hayling Island Community Centre conducted by Tom Griffin with soloist Robert Douglas – Johann Strauss Jr, Beethoven, Schumann. 



Robert Blanken and Richard Moore 
Sat 14 Oct 2017, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloists Robert Blanken and Richard Moore – Fauré, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Schubert. 


Nicholas McCarthy 
Sat 2 Dec 2017, 7.30pmNext main HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher and Richard Miller , with left-hand piano soloist Nicholas McCarthyElgar, Butterworth, Ravel, Franck 


See HCO in action

Robin Browning, HCO conductor, created a video containing extracts from the February 2015 HCO concert, originally for a news article about his appointment as HCO Musical Director on his website www.robinbrowning.com

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

HCO extract

Music In Portsmouth
Supporting Music in Portsmouth
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
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