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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.

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. 
5th December 2016 Perhaps the most remarkable development since Jonathan Butcher became HSO’s musical director is the advance of players promoted to principal roles. … See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HSO concert in the Portsmouth News. 
30th November 2016 HSO players please note that our usual parking arrangements at Oaklands School for the Friday and Saturday are not possible this time because access around the back is currently closed off for over-running building refurbishment work.  Please enter via the main entrance instead, and use the audience parking areas as described on the Oaklands directions page.  Further details were given in an email from Tony Gutteridge earlier today.  If you don’t need to be particularly close to the hall, then on Saturday please park further away to leave the closer spaces available for audience members. 
25th November 2016 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for December 2016 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert with Shiry Rashkovsky at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 3rd December. 
17th October 2016 Even in her early 20s, Savitri Grier seems a more mature musician than many twice her age. … See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HCO concert in the Portsmouth News. 
7th October 2016 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for October 2016 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert with Savitri Grier at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 15th October. 
19th August 2016 Havant Symphony Orchestra broadens its horizons in its new season…  The Portsmouth News has published a preview of next season by Mike Allen, who has been discussing the HSO programmes with Jonathan Butcher. 
15th July 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. 

10th July 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. 
2nd July 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. 
2nd July 2016 A year ago, our website moved to www.havantorchestras.org.uk.  The old website www.havantorchestras.hampshire.org.uk 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. 
16th May 2016 Founder-conductor Peter Craddock’s aim of programming music off the beaten track was delightfully honoured by the HCO in its final concert of the 2015-16 season. … See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HCO concert in the Portsmouth News. 
6th May 2016 2016-17 season announced!  Full details of the Havant Orchestras main concert programme for the 2016/17 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. 

Additional details will be made available later for the pre-season ‘Popular Classics’ concert by Havant Symphony Orchestra at Hayling Island Community Centre on 24th September 2016 and for an additional strings concert by Havant Chamber Orchestra at Emsworth Baptist Church on 11th March 2017. 

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. 

6th May 2016 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for May 2016 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert with Karen Kingsley at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 14th May. 
21st March 2016 With violinists in short supply, this was not the easiest concert for the bigger of the Havant orchestras but the performances were well-tailored to the circumstances. … See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HSO concert in the Portsmouth News. 
11th March 2016 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for March 2016 is now available, including additional information about the HSO concert with Joo Yeon Sir at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday 19th March. 
10th March 2016 Downloadable copies of our flyers in PDF format are now available, normally for the next one or two concerts, so you can email copies to people who might not see the website.  Each flyer can be downloaded via the thumbnail image in the notes on the relevant concert programme page.  The notes (which are the same as those on the flyer) and the link to the flyer will normally appear a couple of weeks before the preceding concert, when the flyer for the next concert is sent for printing.  You can either click the thumbnail image to open the PDF file in your browser first then save a copy, or you can right-click on the thumbnail and use ‘Save link as...’ to download the PDF file without opening it first.
9th February 2016 An enterprising piece of programming was tarnished by a failure to provide adequate lighting.  … See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HCO concert in the Portsmouth News. 
30th January 2016 We have just been informed (in response to the latest Newsletter) that the date of the next Solent Symphony Orchestra concert has been changed from 13th February to 20th February but we had not previously been notified of this change.  We have now updated our Events page accordingly.  We are sorry the printed and emailed copies of the latest Newsletter therefore had the incorrect date for this concert (although the web copy has now been corrected). 
 
The reason for the date change was to avoid a clash with another event Sing for Sophie at St Paul’s Church, Chichester, in aid of St. Wilfrid’s Hospice and in support of cellist Sophie McNestrie (who played for a long time with HCO) in her battle with cancer.
30th January 2016 The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for February 2016 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert with The Albany Piano Trio at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 6th February. 

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