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The Havant Orchestras  –  Enjoy live orchestral concerts by local musicians!

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

25 Feb 2024:  Players from several orchestras across the region (including some from HCO) are getting together on Sunday 3rd March at Turner Sims for a Tchaikathon – three concerts in one day of Tchaikovsky’s most popular music, including the violin concerto with Laura Rickard, to raise funds for the Mountbatten Hampshire hospice.  Book all three and the third one is half price! See our Events page for more details. 
4 Feb 2024:  Advance tickets have now been made available on TicketSource for all of the remaining Havant Orchestras concerts for this season.  Use the "Tickets" buttons on event descriptions on this page to go directly to TicketSource, or use the "Tickets" buttons on the separate concert pages to see more details about the venues, ticket prices and seating layouts before visiting TicketSource. 
15 Jan 2024:  At our December concert, conductor Jonathan Butcher read out a poem by our supporter Mike Saunders about the orchestra, complete with actions from the relevant players.  We have been provided with a link to a YouTube video of this entertaining interlude, kindly provided by MusicFan: https://youtu.be/Gnjaqzyl8VM
11 Sep 2022:  Are you a competent musician looking for orchestral playing opportunities at a high amateur standard?  Havant Symphony Orchestra is always interested to hear from potential new players, whether regular or just to help out when our regular players are unavailable.  Right now we are looking for additional players in all sections, especially woodwind and brass, where we have potential vacancies for new regular players.  See our Joining page for more details. 

Upcoming events

See our Concerts page for more details about the 2023-24 season of Havant Orchestras concerts. 


Joo Yeon Sir 
Sun 10 Mar 2024, 2.30pm
Next HSO concert: – Afternoon Spring concert at Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher, with soloist Joo Yeon Sir – Mussorgsky, Khachaturian, Dvořák

Spring and Summer
Sat 18 May 2023, 7.30pm
Next HCO concert – HCO at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, conducted by Robin Browning – Delius, Gounod, Mozart 


Joseph Spooner 
Sat 13 Jul 2024, 7.30pm
Summer HSO concert: – Summer Evening concert at Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher, with soloist Joseph Spooner – Smetana, Elgar, 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 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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