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Newsletter for October 2023

This is an edited version of the Havant Orchestras newsletter which is e-mailed in PDF form to players and Friends of the Orchestras (or posted in printed form for those who do not have e-mail).

The Havant Orchestras

President: The Rt Hon Lord Willetts FRS     Patrons: The Mayor of Havant; The Mayor of Fareham

October 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest issue of the HADOS Newsletter

Havant Chamber Orchestra return to Holy Trinity Church in Fareham for a celebration of English music for strings, with the added bonus of a clarinet in the starring role!  Well-known local clarinettist Rob Blanken is a popular performer and will delight you in the concerto by Finzi.

The strings of the orchestra will tackle the challenge of the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis — number 3 in the Classic FM Hall of Fame!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 14th October’s Programme

6.30pm pre-concert talk in the Church by Tim Griffiths
7.30pm concert starts
Two Pieces for Strings from Henry V  Walton
Clarinet Concerto 
  Soloist: Rob Blanken
Interval – 20 minutes – refreshments available
Serenade for Strings  Elgar
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis   Vaughan Williams
9.30pm (approx) concert ends — we wish you a safe journey home

Listening/viewing recommendations

CDs sourced by Gordon Egerton (HCO clarinet)

Finzi  – Clarinet Concerto
Robert Plane with the Northern Sinfonia under Howard Griffiths, (c/w the Five Bagatelles, the piano part arranged for strings, and several other short works by Finzi). Naxos 8.553566 £10.00

Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Halle Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder (c/w the Pastoral Symphony, Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus', and the Wasps overture). Halle CDHLL 7540 £12.75

Elgar Serenade and Henry V pieces on the same disc
'And the Bridge is Love', it has several short works, including Elgar's Introduction and Allegro and 'Sospiri'. Naxos 8.573250 £10.00

Pre-concert talk

We are delighted that Tim Griffiths (Principal Viola) is again able to give pre-concert talks for us and hope that you will enjoy his wide knowledge and experience!

This time, Tim will talk about the period in English classical music when the pieces in this concert were written.  This ‘Golden Age’ in English music produced a wealth of beautiful and dramatic music, influenced by many factors including war and the development of film.

Join Tim at 6.30pm in the Church and then enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before the concert starts.

Stella Scott

Peter and Sandra Craddock Fund

We are grateful for all donations to HADOS.  We put these into the Peter and Sandra Craddock Fund and the committee decides how to use this money.

At our recent committee meeting we agreed to focus spending from the Fund this year on new education and outreach projects — details to be decided.

Stella Scott

Concert Report

Our last two concerts were by Havant Symphony Orchestra on 8th July and 16th September at Oaklands and Hayling Community Centre respectively.

The ‘Last Night of the Proms’ in July was not as well-attended as we had hoped and was not financially successful.  However, those who were there, including the Mayor of Havant, Councillor Rosy Raines, and her Consort, thoroughly enjoyed it!

Our annual visit to Hayling Island Community Centre was great fun and a triumph for both outgoing Bursary Holder James Thomas, who put together a superb concert on very little rehearsal, and for Thomas Luke whose performance of the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Saint-Saens was outstanding.  The Mayor of Havant was once more in attendance and reported on facebook that she was (unusually) left speechless when meeting Thomas Luke after his thrilling performance!  Our thanks to James who took time out of beginning his studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in order to conduct this concert.

Stella Scott

Enyi Okpara

Bursary Awarded

We are delighted to announce that, following auditions on 14th July, the Bob and Beryl Harding Bursary for Student Conductors 2023-24 was awarded to Enyi Okpara who is a post-graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music.

There is still uncertainty over whether Enyi can join us for December, due to a clash with another event, but we look forward to seeing him for rehearsals for the March concert if not before!

Next Concert

Saturday December 9th, 2.30pm

Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville

Overture “Oberon” – Weber
Piano Concerto No. 2 – Rachmaninov
Soloist: Valentina Seferinova
Waltz from “Coppelia” – Delibes
Music from “Hansel and Gretel” – Humperdinck
Christmas-themed music and carols to sing along with!

Tickets are available from:
or call the Tickets Secretary on  01489 877497

Society contact information

Havant and District Orchestral Society (HADOS)
Registered Charity No 288747  Email:  Tel: 023 8026 1372


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