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Welcome to the 2018–19 Season of concerts by The Havant Orchestras

Whether you enjoy the spectacle of a large symphony orchestra or the classic refinement of a smaller chamber orchestra, you’ll find that live classical music, brought to your neighbourhood at affordable prices, is well worth a try!  This is the mission of the two Havant Orchestras: to provide an opportunity for local musicians to perform together and to bring live performances to you!

Both orchestras have a solid reputation for high quality performances with outstanding soloists, including familiar local musicians, up-and-coming new talent and established international performers.

Oaklands School Hall
Oaklands School Hall

Havant Symphony Orchestra (HSO) concerts are at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville, which is fortunate to have the best hall in the area for large orchestral concerts, with raked seating and excellent acoustics.

For 2018-19, HSO are thrilled to be welcoming two outstanding up-and-coming young musicians – pianist Dinara Klinton and horn player Ben Goldscheider.  Our final concert will see the return of violinist Joo Yeon Sir who performed with us to great acclaim in 2016.

HSO’s Bob Harding Bursary Award scheme enables a talented student conductor to work with the orchestra throughout the season, and each HSO concert normally includes at least one work conducted by the current award holder.  For the 2018-19 season, the award holder is Stefano Boccacci

Havant Chamber Orchestra (HCO) concerts continue at premier venue Ferneham Hall in Fareham.  HCO are proud to have clarinettist Robert Blanken as one of their players and always enjoy giving him the solo spot!  This season we also introduce Liss-based violinist Sara Deborah Timossi, in the ever-popular Lark Ascending, and rising star of the piano, Daniel Lebhardt

Separate season tickets are available for the three concerts at each venue, with a further price reduction when season tickets are purchased for both venues.  Single tickets are on sale from September, after the initial season ticket seats have been allocated. 

In addition to the main program of three concerts by each orchestra, Havant Symphony Orchestra have a pre-season concert of ‘Popular Classics’ at Hayling Island Community Centre on Saturday 22nd September 2018, conducted by our 2017-18 Bob Harding Bursary award holder Richard Miller

There is also a special afternoon concert by the combined Havant Orchestras on Sunday 3rd March 2019, 2.30pm, at Oaklands School, to celebrate our memories of our founder and outstanding musical director for 50 years, Peter Craddock, BEM, who passed away in 2017. 


Ruth Hallows
Ruth Hallows
Rob Blanken
Robert Blanken
Dinara Klinton
Dinara Klinton
Sara Deborah Timossi
Sara Deborah Timossi
Duncan Riddell & Richard Harwood
Duncan Riddell & Richard Harwood
Ben Goldscheider
Ben Goldscheider
Daniel Lebhardt
Daniel Lebhardt
Joo Yeon Sir
Joo Yeon Sir

For full details of each concert, click on the soloist, or click on the date in the following list or in the link bar above.

Date Orchestra Location Includes works by …
Saturday 22nd September 2018 Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Richard Miller
Hayling Island
Community Centre
von Suppé, Haydn, Brahms
Saturday 13th October 2018 Havant Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Ferneham Hall,
Fareham
Mozart, Haydn
Saturday 1st December 2018 Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Jonathan Butcher
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Handel (arr. Elgar), Holst, Ravel, Vaughan Williams
Saturday 9th February 2019 Havant Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Ferneham Hall,
Fareham
Wirén, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven
Sunday 3rd March 2019, 2.30pm
Celebration of Peter Craddock
Combined Havant Orchestras
Conductors:  Mark Wigglesworth,
Toby Purser, Stefano Boccacci
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Nicolai, Brahms, Delius, Tchaikovsky, Blower
Saturday 23rd March 2019 Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Jonathan Butcher
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Coleridge-Taylor, Smetana, Weber, Dvořák
Saturday 18th May 2019 Havant Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Ferneham Hall,
Fareham
Brahms, Haydn
Saturday 13th July 2019 Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Jonathan Butcher
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Wagner, Humperdinck, Prokofiev, Bridge, Richard Strauss

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