An exciting opportunity to sing with the Havant Light Opera

Do you fancy yourself as a rollicking pirate or a bumbling policeman? A flirtatious maiden or a pirate’s moll? Do you enjoy singing and performing? Well come along and join Havant Light Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance in June/July 2022! Rehearsals have just started for our summer show and we would welcome new members to swell our chorus in this colourful, vibrant, and fun production.

HLO has been performing in the Havant area for over 40 years, annually producing a light-hearted summer show (usually a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta) and a festive Christmas event. It also puts on concerts in the local area, with music ranging from sacred to secular, from comical to classical. It is based at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant, where it both rehearses and performs.

Despite the restrictions of Covid over the last two years, which resulted in the disbanding of many choirs and singing groups, HLO has stayed together and thrived. We are “friends who sing together” and through our supportive and adaptable approach we were able to stage two concerts last year.

We are now fully up and running, with members excitedly looking forward to a return to a full stage show. The Pirates of Penzance is one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved and possibly most well-known works. It is proving remarkably up to date, despite being written in 1879. After all, the authority figure saves his skin by telling a whopping lie. The text is easily modernized without losing the plot so listen out for the political spin we put on it!

HLO looks forward to welcoming any new members, regardless of age or experience. You do not have to be able to sightread but a sense of fun and camaraderie would be useful!! Our brilliant young Musical Director accompanies us at rehearsals and performances and we have a wealth of experience in producing musical theatre.

We rehearse on Monday evenings, from 7.30 to 9.30, at The Spring. You are welcome to turn up on at a rehearsal for a free taster session to see what we are all about or if you would like any more information, please get in touch with us via the contact page on our website –

Our show will be performed at The Spring from Tuesday 28 June to 2 July – if you cannot join us on stage then please do come along for an entertaining night out (

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