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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

22 Sep 2014: To call the HSO’s Hayling concert an example of ‘sensible’ music-making might sound like damning with faint praise, but actually it is a rich compliment…  See our Reviews page for a link to Mike Allen’s review of the HSO Hayling concert in the Portsmouth News. 

15 Sep 2014: Some of our links to pages on the Ferneham Hall website (for ticket bookings and directions) stopped working after their recent upgrade.  We apologise for this glitch and hope that we have fixed them all now. 

6 Sep 2014: The Bob Harding Bursary for Young Conductors 2014-15 is awarded to Ignatius (Iggy) Wang, nominated by the Royal Marines School of Music.  Havant Symphony Orchestra are eagerly looking forward to working with him this season.

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


Philip Handy
Sat 18 Oct 2014, 7:30pmNext HCO concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, with conductor Robin Browning and soloist Philip Handy – William Mathias, Schumann, Beethoven. 

Sat 25 Oct, Fri 31 Oct, Sat 1 Nov, Sun 2 Nov 2014Spencer Music Festival chamber music concerts (with Edward Daniel, violin) in Shedfield, Wickham and Bishop’s Waltham. 


Viv McLean
Sat 6 Dec 2014, 7:30pmNext HSO concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville with conductor Jonathan Butcher and soloist Viv McLean – Borodin, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov. 

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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