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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

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. 

22 May 2017: … the orchestra and conductor Robin Browning are to be credited for conveying the sheer power and possibilities of this wonderful music in all its complexity.  See our Reviews page for a link to Fi Alsop’s review of the HCO Beethoven concert in the Portsmouth News. 

12 May 2017:  2017-18 season announced! 
Full details of the Havant Orchestras concert programme for the 2017/18 season are now available, with information about booking season tickets.  See the news item for more information. 


Ludwig van Beethoven
12 May 2017: The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for May is now available, including additional information about the all-Beethoven HCO concert with Roger Owens at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 20th May. 

Selected events

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


Peter Foggitt 
Sat 8 Jul 2017, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville conducted by Jonathan Butcher and Tom Griffin with soloist Peter Foggitt – Delius, Khachaturian, and Holst’s famous suite ‘The Planets’ 



Robert Douglas 
Sat 30 Sep 2017, 7.30pmHSO ‘Popular Classics’ concert 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. 

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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