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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

4 Sep 2020:  We recently heard the very sad news that Terry Barfoot passed away from cancer on 12th August.  Terry had been a close friend of Peter Craddock and a strong supporter of the Havant Orchestras almost since their very beginning, giving pre-concert talks and writing programme notes for concerts by both orchestras.  After Peter’s retirement, Terry generously continued to supply us with programme notes from his extensive collection and write new ones when necessary.  We were delighted that he was able to come along and speak at the Peter Craddock Celebration Concert in March 2019.  He will be sadly missed. 

A profile of Terry appeared on Music in Portsmouth in April this year: https://musicinportsmouth.co.uk/noticeboard/profile-terry-barfoot-lecturer-and-writer/

23 May 2020:  At the end of the Family Concert, back in March, concert, young listeners were invited to take away a competition sheet and return it to us with their answers with a chance to win a Paddington bear.  The winners were contacted some time ago, but we can reveal now that there were three winners – Sophia, Maddie and Madeleine!  See our blog entry Paddington winners! for more details, including the competition answers and pictures from the concert. 
Brian Howells, leader of HCO 6 Apr 2020:  We were devastated to hear of the death from Covid-19 of the leader of Havant Chamber Orchestra, Brian Howells

Brian was in hospital in Poole on life support for 12 days but tragically lost the battle against the virus on Sunday 5th April 2020.  His wife, former principal cello of HCO, Amanda de Jong Cleyndert, was with him at the end and he requested to hear ‘Metamorphosen’ by Strauss in his last hours. 

Appointed Leader of HCO in 1997, Brian had a distinguished career as Principal Second Violin with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and before that the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and New BBC Orchestra in Bristol.  He played with many local professional ensembles including Southern Pro Musica and was also in great demand as a leader of amateur orchestras. 

Brian’s technical skill and musicianship, his passion for music and his sense of humour in rehearsal will be greatly missed by all who have played with HCO over the years. 

30 Mar 2020:  Concert cancelled!  We have now concluded that we also need to cancel the HCO concert at Wickham Community Centre on Saturday 16th May, and of course the preceding rehearsals.  See the news item for more information. 

Upcoming events

All plans for future events are currently suspended because of coronavirus precautions.  The original planned dates are shown on our Future dates page, and when concerts and rehearsals can resume safely these are still the expected dates. 

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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