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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

14 Feb 2015: As mentioned in the recent Newsletter, Alexander Sitkovetsky has won an award which means he needs to be elsewhere on our March concert date.  We are pleased to announce that Sasha has kindly arranged for international soloist Boris Brovtsyn to take his place. 

31 Jan 2015: The Havant Orchestras Newsletter for February 2015 is now available, including additional information about the HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday 7th February. 


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


Sat 21 Mar 2015, 11:00amBeethovathon – Four concerts covering all nine of Beethoven’s Symphonies in one day at Turner Sims, Southampton, in support of Comic Relief.  See Beethovathon website for details.  The conductors include Robin Browning, HCO conductor, and some HCO players will be in the orchestra. 


Boris Brovtsyn
Sat 28 Mar 2015, 7:30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville with conductors Jonathan Butcher and Ignatius Wang and soloist Boris Brovtsyn – Rossini, Sibelius, Brahms.  You can now book tickets online via TicketSource


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 

Listen to extracts

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

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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 MP
Patrons: The Mayor of Havant; The Mayor of Fareham
Affiliated to:
Making Music
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