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Welcome to the Havant Orchestras  –  Celebrating over 50 years of music

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

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. 

22 Jul 2019:  We are delighted to announce that the Bob and Beryl Harding Bursary for Young Conductors for the 2019-20 season has been awarded to Avi Taler, nominated by the Royal College of Music.  All four of the audition candidates were of an excellent standard and it was difficult to choose one, but we felt that Avi had a slight edge in experience.  We are eagerly looking forward to working with him during the season. 

22 Jul 2019:  We were very sorry to learn that our long-time supporter Beryl Harding passed away recently.  We plan to continue the excellent bursary scheme which she helped to set up and rename it to honour Beryl’s memory, calling it the Bob and Beryl Harding Bursary for Young Conductors.  See the news item for more details. 

16 Jul 2019:  The Havant Symphony Orchestra brought their season to its conclusion with an ambitious and challenging programme of masterpieces, which were performed with great commitment and skill.… See our Reviews page for a link to Terry Barfoot’s review of the HSO concert in the Portsmouth News. 

Selected events

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


Florian Mitrea 
Sat 7 Dec 2019, 7.30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, conducted by Jonathan Butcher and bursary student Avi Taler, with soloist Florian Mitrea – Berlioz, Sibelius, Dohnányi, Mahler 


Mikhail Lezdkan 
Sat 8 Feb 2020, 7.30pmNext HCO concert at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Mikhail Lezdkan – Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Haydn 

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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