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This is a summary of recent changes and additions to this website, with links to more details further down the page or elsewhere on the site.

23rd November 2018 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for December 2018 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 1st December. 
6th November 2018 We now have a Havant Orchestras blog!  You can use the "Blogger" link on the Welcome page to visit the blog or sign up to the blog to receive automatic updates by email.  Stella Scott has written an article about the Pallant Hall service last Sunday, for which the Havant Orchestras provided a string quartet to play along with the hymns. 

The blog is running on Google's Blogger service, at https://havantorchestras.blogspot.com/.  New articles can be created by the Havant Orchestras authors, but anyone with a Google account can currently add comments. 

29th October 2018

Peter Craddock Celebration Concert

There will be a special afternoon concert by the combined Havant Orchestras on Sunday 3rd March 2019, 2.30pm, at Oaklands School, to celebrate our memories of our founder and outstanding musical director for 50 years, Peter Craddock, BEM, who passed away in 2017. 

We are extremely grateful to former Bob Harding bursary holders and current distinguished conductors Mark Wigglesworth and Toby Purser for their help in setting up and conducting this concert, and to our current bursary holder Stefano Boccacci who will be conducting the last movement of Maurice Blower’s Symphony in C, for which Peter prepared and conducted HSO’s World Premiere performance in 2008.

The concert will include the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, with local star cellist Richard Harwood who will be joined by distinguished violinist Duncan Riddell.  More details can be found on the programme page.  Further information about ticket prices and how to obtain tickets will be added soon. 

Current and former members of HSO and HCO are being invited to join in the performance, and others who knew or worked with Peter are also being invited to attend the concert as guests.  The rehearsal schedule is shown on the Rehearsals page in the public part of the Members section. 

5th October 2018 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for October 2018 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 13th October. 
27th July 2018 We now have a biography page with more information about our new bursary student conductor Stefano Boccacci.  The works which he will be conducting in each HSO concert are now indicated on the relevant concert pages. 
16th July 2018 We are delighted to announce that the Bob Harding Bursary for Young Conductors for the 2018-19 season has been awarded to Stefano Boccacci, nominated by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  We enjoyed his audition rehearsal immensely and look forward to working with him during the season.  Further information about Stefano and the works he will be conducting will be added to our website soon. 
13th July 2018 Here's a review of the recent HSO concert, by Stuart Reed, for Music In Portsmouth: Review: Havant Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert: a scorcher
29th June 2018 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for July 2018 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 7th July, and Stella's thoughts on her recent trip to Berlin. 
22nd May 2018 Here’s a glowing review of the recent HCO concert by Stuart Reed for Music In Portsmouth: Review: Rose Hsien and Havant Symphony Chamber Orchestra’s May Concert
11th May 2018 Stella Scott, Havant Orchestras principal cello (and HADOS administrator), will not be at the HCO concert on 19th May, for an excellent reason!  Stella will be rehearsing for a concert conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in Berlin, having successfully auditioned to join an international amateur orchestra called the BE PHIL orchestra for a performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 on 21st May as part of an Open Day arranged by the Berlin Philharmonic. 

Stuart Reed has written an article about this event for Music In Portsmouth

11th May 2018 Here’s a preview article by Stuart Reed for the next HCO concert: Preview: Rose Hsien and Havant Chamber Orchestra’s May Concert
11th May 2018 2018-19 season announced! 
Full details of the Havant Orchestras concert programme for the 2018/19 season are now available on this website, together with information about booking season tickets.  As there are still more concerts in the current season, the main Concerts and Tickets navigation buttons at the top of page will still take you to the current season’s details for now, but you can then select the button on the right for next season's details. 

Printed brochures and season ticket forms will be available at concerts, and supplies of brochures will also be made available in the Ferneham Hall foyer and via other locations such as local libraries and information centres. 

In addition to the main concerts, there is also our usual ‘Popular Classics’ concert by Havant Symphony Orchestra at Hayling Island Community Centre on 22nd September 2018. 

11th May 2018 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for May 2018 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert with Rose Hsien at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 19th May. 
19th March 2018 Here’s a review of the recent HSO concert by Stuart Reed for Music In Portsmouth: Review: Havant Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert
10th March 2018 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for March 2018 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 17th March. 
3rd March 2018 Here’s a preview article for Music In Portsmouth by Stuart Reed about the next HSO concert: Preview: Havant Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert Liszt, Dvorak and Mussorgsky
2nd March 2018 The HSO rehearsal today, Friday 2nd March, is cancelled because of the snow.  We are hoping to contact everyone involved by email, text or phone. 
24th February 2018 The Portsmouth News recently published an article about local orchestras (including the Havant Orchestras) as the main story in its Weekend Magazine:  Classical music is Bach in fashion as orchestras grow.  The article includes discussion with Stella Scott (Havant Orchestras administrator and HSO/HCO principal cello) and input from Stuart Reed (HSO violin).
27th January 2018 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for February 2018 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 3rd February. 
25th November 2017 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for December 2017 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 2nd December. 
5th November 2017 Terry Barfoot has kindly written an obituary for Peter Craddock which has now been published in The News. 
3rd November 2017 The funeral of Peter Craddock is on Tuesday 7th November.  For details see the announcement in The News. 
30th October 2017 For those who would like to know more about Peter Craddock and the early years of Havant Symphony Orchestra, we have made a History page available on this website containing an informative and often amusing article from the July 1987 souvenir programme Havant Symphony Orchestra – The First Twenty Five Years.  Peter Craddock wrote the first part for the 10th Anniversary of HSO in 1972, then added further updates for the 25th Anniversary in 1987. 
21st October 2017

Peter Craddock
We have been very sad to hear that Peter Craddock, founder of the Havant Orchestras, passed away on 14th October 2017 after a long illness. 

As the musical director of both Havant Orchestras, he conducted Havant Symphony Orchestra for 50 years and also Havant Chamber Orchestra for most of that time before retiring in December 2012 due to ill health.  He will be sadly missed by all of us who enjoyed making music with him.  We send our deepest sympathy to his wife Sandra and his family. 

If anyone needs to know details of the funeral arrangements, please contact the Havant Orchestras administrator, Stella Scott, and we will try to make sure you are kept informed. 

In the longer term we hope that there will be a memorial concert of some sort and we will let you know about arrangements for that when we have them. 

We have also received many kind comments and reminiscences from those who knew him, which we are passing on to his family, and we also hope to share some of them more widely later. 

6th October 2017 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for October 2017 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 14th October. 
16th July 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.  All three candidates at this year’s auditions were of an excellent standard and it was very difficult to choose between them, with the players and the selection panel being similarly supportive of all three candidates.  However, the award aims to provide additional opportunities for a young conductor while giving the orchestra the exciting experience of being conducted by a developing musical talent, and we felt that Richard was in the best position to maximise the combined benefit to the student and to the orchestra.  We are eagerly looking forward to working with Richard throughout the next season. 
10th July 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.
1st July 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. 
26th 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.  Players can see all of those photos (and other older photos) by logging in with the usual user name and password to see the private pages within the Members area.  We hope to publish more of the photos on the public part of the site soon. 
22nd 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. 
12th May 2017 2017-18 season announced! 
Full details of the Havant Orchestras concert programme for the 2017/18 season are now available on this website, together with information about booking season tickets.  As there are still more concerts in the current season, the main Concerts and Tickets navigation buttons at the top of page will still take you to the current season’s details for now, but you can then select the button on the right for next season's details. 

Some information is also available about the ‘Popular Classics’ concert by Havant Symphony Orchestra at Hayling Island Community Centre on 30th September 2017.  More details about the soloist and programme will be added later. 

Printed brochures and season ticket forms will be available at concerts, and supplies of brochures will also be made available in the Ferneham Hall foyer and via other locations such as local libraries and information centres. 

12th May 2017 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for May is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert with Roger Owens at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 20th May. 
27th March 2017 At their latest concert, the mayor of Havant, Faith Ponsonby, thanked the Havant Symphony Orchestra for their work in presenting concerts in the borough. … See our Reviews page for a link to Geoff Porter’s review of the HSO concert in the Portsmouth News. 
18th March 2017 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for March 2017 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert with Tom Torley (tuba) at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 25th March. 
4th February 2017 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for February is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert with James Turnbull at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 11th February and the HCO strings concert at Emsworth Baptist Church on Saturday 11th March. 
13th January 2017 In addition to our own Events page, another good source of information about local concerts is the Music In Portsmouth website, which provides listings of concerts for amateur classical musical groups (including choirs as well as orchestras) in the Portsmouth area, including Fareham, Petersfield, Chichester, Havant and Hayling Island. 

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