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Welcome to the web site for the Havant Orchestras – the Havant Symphony Orchestra and the Havant Chamber Orchestra

Come and enjoy our concerts at venues in the Havant, Hayling and Fareham area. 

Use the link buttons at the top of the page to find out more.

Latest news updates

3 Sep 2021:  The October HCO concert has been changed to a smaller event because of the continuing risks associated with the Covid-19 delta variant.  The concert in memory of Brian Howells originally scheduled for this date will be rescheduled to a later date. 

The changed concert will include Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”, with violin soloist Laura Rickard, plus some other string works.  To minimise risks, there will be no pre-concert talk and no interval.  See the news item for more information. 

16 Aug 2021:  AGM postponed
We are postponing our society AGM which was originally scheduled for Friday 3rd September, in the hope of being able to hold it normally later in the season.  See the news item for more information. 
16 Aug 2021:  Hayling Concert cancelled
The continuing Covid situation means that we have unfortunately had to cancel the Hayling concert, mainly because our rehearsal and concert venues do not have sufficient space for a full orchestra with Covid precautions.  We are aware that some players would still like to get together in smaller numbers, for example to play string orchestra music together, so we are investigating the possibility of using some rehearsal dates for this purpose, if enough players are interested.  See the news item for more information. 
1 Aug 2021:  Update on plans for 2021-22 season
We have now published our exciting programme of concerts for the 2021-22 season on this website, and we are looking forward to being able to resume activities some time soon. 

However, all Havant Orchestras activities remain suspended because of the risks associated with the ongoing rapid spread of the Covid-19 delta variant.  These concerts will only go ahead if the risk is reduced to a level acceptable to the committee in time to allow sufficient preparation, in which case this page will be updated accordingly.  If a concert cannot go ahead, there is a possibility that it may be rescheduled to a later date.  See the news item for more information. 

Upcoming events

We are unable to proceed with our original planned programme of Havant Orchestras concerts for this season because of the risks associated with the continuing spread of the Covid-19 delta variant.  We are however hoping to start our concert season with a smaller HCO concert in October.  See the news item for details. 

See our Concerts page for our plans for the 2021-22 season, which is the 60th Anniversary season for HSO.  We are constantly reviewing the situation, and hope to pick up on these plans as soon as the risks become acceptable. 

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

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 Lord Willetts of Havant FRS
Patrons: The Mayor of Havant; The Mayor of Fareham
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