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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

26 Jan 2022:  HSO players please note that rehearsals for the April concert are now planned to start on Friday 18th February.  See the rehearsals page for further details. 
14 Jan 2022:  Tickets are now available on TicketSource for the February HCO concert

Covid-19 precautions will be in effect, including distancing between separately booked tickets.  See the news item for more information. 

Sandra Craddock
(at HSO rehearsal in 2011)
10 Nov 2021:  We have recently heard the very sad news that Sandra Craddock recently passed away in her sleep.  Sandra was for many years the administrator of the Havant Orchestras, supporting her husband Peter Craddock.  See the news item for more information. 
Update 13th November:
In recognition of her huge contribution, we have decided to rename our received donations fund to The Peter and Sandra Craddock Memorial Fund to remember them jointly. 
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. 

Upcoming events

We have had to modify our plans for this season because of the risks associated with the continuing spread of the Covid-19 delta variant.  We had a smaller HCO concert in October, and we resumed our planned schedule with our main HSO concert in November, although with distanced seating and other Covid precautions.  See our news page for the latest updates. 

See our Concerts page for our plans for the 2021-22 season, which is the 60th Anniversary season for HSO. 

Mikhail Lezdkan 
Sat 12 Feb 2022, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, conducted by Robin Browning, with soloist Mikhail LezdkanA French Affair: Delibes, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Gounod 

Christos Fountos 
Sat 2 Apr 2022, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher, with soloist Christos Fountos – MacCunn, Warlock, Prokofiev, Brahms 

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

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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