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Concerts for 2022/23 Season

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Welcome to the 2022–23 Season of concerts by The Havant Orchestras

If you haven’t recently experienced the thrill of attending a live orchestral concert with your friends and neighbours, here is your chance!  The two Havant Orchestras enable talented local players to get together to create high quality performances for the local community at affordable prices, working 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) main concerts are at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville, an excellent venue for the power of a full symphony orchestra.

This season’s HSO programme is a little different, aiming to be more attractive for potential new audience members after the disruption of recent years.  The winter concert includes the famous Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and the spring concert the even more famous Grieg Piano Concerto, and both are in the afternoon rather than the evening.  Also, the winter and summer concerts both include a selection of popular shorter works instead of a traditional symphony.

Before the main concerts, HSO also has its usual pre-season concert of Popular Classics at Hayling Island Community Centre, conducted by our recent bursary student Avi Taler

Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church

Havant Chamber Orchestra (HCO) will be continuing to perform at Holy Trinity Church on West Street, Fareham, in order to remain convenient for local audience members after the closure of Ferneham Hall.

Their first concert is dedicated to HCO’s memories of Brian Howells, HCO leader from 1997 to 2020, as a celebration of his huge contribution to the orchestra, sadly cut short by Covid-19 in April 2020.  The selected works are for strings or for small classical orchestra, and feature young soloists Laura Rickard (previously leader of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra) and Elliott Perks, in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola.

The February concert features the return of outstanding horn player Ben Goldscheider in the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1.  Ben previously performed with HSO in 2019.

The May concert is a presentation by Robin Browning with HCO exploring Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, as originally scheduled for the “Beethoven 250” celebrations in 2020.


Season brochure
Mira Marton
Mira Marton
Laura RickardElliott Perks
Laura Rickard and Elliott Perks
Madeleine Pickering
Madeleine Pickering
Ben Goldscheider
Ben Goldscheider
Florian Mitrea
Florian Mitrea
Beethoven
Beethoven explored
Janice Watson
Janice Watson

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 …
Saturday 1st October 2022, 7.30pm Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Avi Taler
Hayling Island
Community Centre
Pre-season Popular Classics:
Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Johann Strauss Jr
Saturday 15th October 2022, 7.30pm Havant Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Holy Trinity Church,
Fareham
Concert in memory of Brian Howells:
Holst, Mozart, Puccini
Saturday 10th December 2022, 2.30pm Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Jonathan Butcher
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Afternoon concert: Winter Wonderland
Dvořák, Finzi, Bruch, Coleridge-Taylor, Delius, Waldteufel, Tchaikovsky
Saturday 4th February 2023, 7.30pm Havant Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Holy Trinity Church,
Fareham
Schumann, Richard Strauss, Schubert
Sunday 26th March 2023, 2.30pm Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Jonathan Butcher
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Afternoon Spring concert:
Suppé, Grieg, Sibelius, Borodin
Saturday 20th May 2023, 7.30pm Havant Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Holy Trinity Church,
Fareham
Beethoven Explored
Saturday 8th July 2023, 7.30pm Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:  Jonathan Butcher
Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Summer evening ‘Last Night’ concert:
Arnold, Elgar, Coates, Saint-Saëns, Johann Strauss Jr, Wood/Arne arr. Sargent, Parry

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