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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

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. 
17 Mar 2020:  Concert cancelled!  Following new government health advice to “avoid non-essential social contact” to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the HSO concert at Oaklands School on Saturday 21st March, and the rehearsal the previous evening.  See the news item for more information. 
16 Feb 2020:  Our popular family concert on 8th March has proved to be very popular indeed!  We are sorry that tickets are already totally sold out so some families have been disappointed.  We looked into repeating the same concert shortly afterwards, for example the following week, but we found that too many key players were unavailable.  We hope to have more family concerts in future seasons, and we will try to allow for multiple performances to enable more families to attend. 
15 Feb 2020:  Last Saturday (8th February) we had our HCO concert in Holy Trinity Church, Fareham.  Here’s a very complimentary review which Lara Jelliff posted to Music In Portsmouth:
Review of Havant Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Haydn

In future, we will not be using the front central pews for audience seating because that was too close to the orchestra for comfort!  See the news item for more details. 

1 Feb 2020:  The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for February 2020 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, on Saturday 8th February. 
24 Oct 2019:  To avoid browser warnings about the website being “not secure”, we have turned on secure access, and requests via the http protocol are now converted to the secure https protocol instead.  This should not make any difference to most users except to remove the warnings.  See the news item for more details. 

Upcoming events

Charlie Lovell-Jones 
Sat 21 Mar 2020, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher and bursary student Avi Taler, with soloist Charlie Lovell-Jones – Ireland, Grieg, Dvořák, Elgar 

Concert cancelled!  Following new government health advice to “avoid non-essential social contact” we have reluctantly decided to cancel this concert.  See the news item for more information. 
Sat 16 May 2020, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Wickham Community Centre, exploring Beethoven with conductor Robin Browning

Concert cancelled!  See the news item for more information. 

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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