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Concert and rehearsal dates for future seasons

How we plan our concert and rehearsal dates

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 on a Saturday approximately two weeks before the end of term.  However, when Easter is very early or late, the March concert may vary from this.  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 2023-2024

[Last updated 6th February 2022]

The table below shows the expected concert dates and rehearsal dates for the 2023-2024 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 2023 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. 

During the previous season, 2022-23, HSO is experimenting with concerts on Sunday afternoons instead of Saturday evenings.  If this is successful, then some of the HSO concerts for this 2023-24 season may be moved from the Saturday indicated below to the next day, Sunday. 

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. 

If you need to check the latest status on dates, please contact the administrator or the chairman

Concert Date Orchestra Location Rehearsals
Saturday 16th September 2023 7.30pm Havant Symphony Orchestra Hayling Island Community Centre Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm: 1 Sep (+ AGM), 8 Sep,
15 Sep at Hayling,
Sat 16 Sep 2.00pm
Saturday 14th October 2023 7.30pm Havant Chamber Orchestra Fareham Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 3 Oct, 10 Oct,
Sat 14 Oct 2.00pm
Saturday 2nd December 2023 7.30pm[1] Havant Symphony Orchestra Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm
22 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov,
1 Dec at Oaklands,
Sat 2 Dec 2.00pm
Saturday 3rd February 2024 7.30pm Havant Chamber Orchestra Fareham Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 23 Jan, 30 Jan,
Sat 3 Feb 2.00pm
Saturday 16th March 2024 7.30pm[2] Havant Symphony Orchestra Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm
5 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 9 Feb, 23 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar,
15 Mar at Oaklands,
Sat 16 Mar 2.00pm
Saturday 18th May 2024 7.30pm Havant Chamber Orchestra Fareham Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 7 May, 14 May,
Sat 18 May 2.00pm
Saturday 6th July 2024 7.30pm Havant Symphony Orchestra Oaklands School,
Waterlooville
Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm
19 Apr, 26 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 24 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun,
5 Jul at Oaklands,
Sat 6 Jul 2.00pm
Notes:

[1] The December concert may be moved to the Sunday afternoon, with a morning rehearsal on the day. 

[2] The March concert may be moved to the Sunday afternoon, with a morning rehearsal on the day. 

The provisional date for the bursary auditions is Friday 12th July 2024


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