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Welcome to the Havant Orchestras  –  Celebrating over 50 years of music

Welcome to the web site for the Havant Orchestras – the Havant Symphony Orchestra and the Havant Chamber Orchestra

Come and enjoy our concerts at Ferneham Hall in Fareham and other venues in the Havant, Hayling and Portsmouth area. 

Use the link buttons at the top of the page to find out more.

Latest news updates

30 Mar 2015: Only one word for it really: wow!  See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HSO Oaklands concert in the Portsmouth News. 

26 Mar 2015: The formatting of web pages on this site has been modified to provide better support for very narrow screens (such as mobile phones) and wide screens.  See the news item for details. 


Peter Craddock
31 Dec 2014: We congratulate Peter Craddock, founder of the Havant Orchestras and musical director for over 50 years, on being awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year Honours!  For more information see the article in the Portsmouth News

28 Apr 2014: The Havant Symphony Orchestra is looking for new players!  We would like to expand our regular membership and also have additional players available to fill in when our regular players are unavailable.  See the Joining page for more details. 

Events summary


Savitri Grier
Sat 16 May 2015, 7:30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Savitri Grier – Weber, Beethoven, Schubert 


Richard Harwood
Sat 11 Jul 2015, 7:30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville with conductor Jonathan Butcher and soloist Richard Harwood – Kabalevsky, Dvořák, Shostakovich. 

See HCO in action

Robin Browning, HCO conductor, has included a video containing extracts from the February 2015 HCO concert in a news article about his appointment as HCO Musical Director on his website www.robinbrowning.com

Listen to extracts

Play start of 4th movement of the Maurice Blower Symphony in C (from the HSO CD recording)

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More HSO extracts

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Supported by:
Hampshire County Council
The Havant Orchestras are administered by
Havant and District Orchestral Society,
Registered Charity No. 288747
President: The Rt Hon David Willetts
Patrons: The Mayor of Havant; The Mayor of Fareham
Affiliated to:
Making Music
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