How we plan our concert and rehearsal dates[Last updated 20th January 2023]
The normal concert and rehearsal dates for the Havant Orchestras have followed a systematic pattern for many years, to help avoid clashes with other organisations in the area. The concert dates are based on the Hampshire Schools term dates, as follows:
- The Hayling pre-season ‘Popular Classics’ concert is on the Saturday immediately after the third Friday of the new school year in September. Rehearsals are on the three preceding Fridays, the first of which is combined with the AGM.
- There is one HCO concert each term, on the Saturday one week before the start of the half term break. Rehearsals are on the two preceding Tuesdays.
- There is one HSO main concert each term, normally during the weekend approximately two weeks before the end of term. However, when Easter is very early or late, the March concert may vary from this. All HSO concerts used to be on Saturday evenings, but for the December and March concerts we are now trying afternoon concerts instead, usually on Sunday rather than Saturday. Rehearsals are every Friday during term time except for the day immediately before the HCO concert and any Friday between the HSO concert and end of term. In the summer term the Friday following the July concert is normally used for bursary auditions (except that if the date is too near the end of term, or the musical director is unavailable, then the auditions are brought forward to the preceding Tuesday).
It may sometimes be necessary to modify a specific concert date if a venue, conductor, soloist or key player is unavailable on the normal date. For main concerts, the usual alternative date is one week earlier, and for the Hayling pre-season concert the usual alternative date is a week later. As many of our players are teachers, we specifically try to avoid setting any concert dates which are within school holidays, including the first Saturday of the half term break.
Note that if an alternative date has to be used, this should not be taken to suggest that the corresponding concert date in the following season will follow the same pattern, as the normal pattern will be resumed if possible.
Provisional dates for 2024-2025[Last updated 20th January 2023]
The table below shows the expected concert dates and rehearsal dates for the 2024-2025 season, based on provisional Hampshire schools term dates, assuming that we continue our normal pattern. These dates will remain provisional until we have been able to confirm venue, conductor and soloist bookings.
The main HSO concerts for this season are all expected to be at Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville, while the HCO concerts are provisionally expected to remain somewhere around Fareham. The refurbished Ferneham Hall is scheduled to reopen as ‘Fareham Live’ some time in 2024 but it is not yet clear when it will be available and whether it will be still be practical and affordable for HCO to perform there.
All HSO rehearsals before the concert week are expected to be at the Pallant Centre (St. Faith’s Church Hall) unless indicated otherwise. The rehearsal on the Friday evening immediately preceding the concert day and on the concert day itself are normally both at the concert venue.
All HCO rehearsals except on the concert day are expected to be at Bosmere Junior School, Havant.
|Saturday 21st September 2024 7.30pm||Havant Symphony Orchestra||Hayling Island Community Centre||
Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm: 6 Sep (+ AGM), 13 Sep,
20 Sep at Hayling,
Sat 21 Sep 2.00pm
|Saturday 19th October 2024 7.30pm||Havant Chamber Orchestra||Fareham||
Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 8 Oct, 15 Oct,
Sat 19 Oct 2.00pm
|Sunday 1st December 2024 2.30pm||Havant Symphony Orchestra||
27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov,
29 Nov at Oaklands,
Sun 1 Dec 10.15am
|Saturday 8th February 2025 7.30pm||Havant Chamber Orchestra||Fareham||
Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 28 Jan, 4 Feb,
Sat 8 Feb 2.00pm
|Sunday 23rd March 2025 2.30pm||Havant Symphony Orchestra||
10 Jan, 17 Jan, 24 Jan, 31 Jan, 14 Feb, 28 Feb, 7 Mar, 14 Mar,
21 Mar at Oaklands,
Sun 23 Mar 10.15am
|Saturday 17th May 2025 7.30pm||Havant Chamber Orchestra||Fareham||
Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 6 May, 13 May,
Sat 17 May 2.00pm
|Saturday 12th July 2025 7.30pm||Havant Symphony Orchestra||
25 Apr, 2 May, 9 May, 23 May, 6 Jun, 13 Jun, 20 Jun, 27 Jun, 4 Jul,
11 Jul at Oaklands,
Sat 12 Jul 2.00pm
 Moved to Sunday afternoon and a week earlier because of clash.
 Moved to Sunday afternoon.
 Provisionally moved because of clash.
The provisional date for the bursary auditions is Friday 18th July 2025.