For the latest amateur classical music listings in and around Portsmouth, including Fareham, Petersfield, Chichester, Havant and Hayling Island

The Petersfield Orchestra plays Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Borodin

Rimsky-Korsakov: ‘Sadko’ Op. 5
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35, with Alexandra Lomeiko
Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor

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Havant Symphony Orchestra plays “Overture Le Carnaval romain” by Berlioz

Conductor: Jonathan Butcher

Arrive early to enjoy … 6.30pm–7.00pm: Pre-concert talk in the main hall

Overture Le Carnaval romain – Berlioz

The Swan of Tuonela – Sibelius

Variations on a Nursery Song – Dohnányi
Soloist: Florian Mitrea (pictured)

Symphony No. 1 in D – Mahler

Oaklands School Hall Nursery rhymes reinvented by classical composers! Plus the spectacle of a Roman Carnival and the mysticism of the Finnish mythological underworld.

Hungarian composer Dohnányi wrote his Variations on a Nursery Tune in 1914, but which tune is it? Come along to hear it and find out! You’ll also spot a famous children’s song (slightly altered!) in Mahler’s great Symphony No. 1. A couple of blockbusters open the programme: Berlioz’ sparkling Roman Carnival Overture and Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela, which portrays a story from Finnish folklore.

Our piano soloist for the Dohnányi is Florian Mitrea – a Romanian-born pianist who studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and now has an international career as a concert pianist. You will not be disappointed!


Havant Symphony Orchestra play Finlandia

Conductor: Stefano Boccacci

Tone poem Finlandia, Op. 26 – Sibelius

Andante and Hungarian Rondo for Viola and Orchestra, J. 79 – Weber
Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85 – Bruch
Soloist: Nia Thomas (pictured)
Symphony No. 4 – Schumann

Traditional pre-season ‘Popular Classics’

Our season opener this year features the viola as the solo instrument! The gorgeous warm tones of the viola are brought to the fore in two contrasting pieces – the lively Andante and Hungarian Rondo by Weber and the heart-on-sleeve Romance by Bruch. Our soloist, Nia Thomas, is a talented student from the Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama.

Havant Symphony Orchestra opens the concert with the proud Finnish anthem Finlandia by Sibelius, with its stirring brass and lush melodies. Concluding the concert will be the Symphony No. 4 by archetypal romantic composer Robert Schumann, published in its final version just 5 years before his tragic death.

Our September concert is traditionally conducted by the outgoing holder of our Bob Harding Bursary for Student Conductors, so doing the honours this year will be Stefano Boccacci. Stefano is definitely one to watch for the future – see him live here first!


Havant Chamber Orchestra plays Barber’s Adagio

Arrive early to enjoy … 6.30pm–7.00pm: Pre-concert talk

Charterhouse Suite – Vaughan Williams

Adagio – Barber

Oboe Concerto Op. 9 No. 2 – Albinoni
Soloist: Lucinda Willits (pictured)

Souvenir de Florence – Tchaikovsky
Barber’s famous Adagio for strings and a delicious oboe concerto by Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni.

HCO presents a programme of beautiful music for strings with the added bonus of a gorgeous Oboe Concerto by Albinoni, performed by HCO’s own principal oboe, Lucinda Willits.

The strings will play music by a wide variety of composers including the famous Adagio by Samuel Barber and ending with Tchaikovsky’s postcard from Italy, the Souvenir de Florence. Tchaikovsky sketched the main theme of the work whilst on a visit to Florence, originally scoring it for just six players. It was subsequently arranged for a full string orchestra.

Opening the programme will be an evocation of English countryside and folk music, the Charterhouse Suite by Vaughan Williams.

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The Funtington Music Group Summer Buffet Concert: Endymion Horn Trio

On Wednesday 12th June FMG are holding their annual Summer Buffet Concert. The concert features the highly acclaimed Endymion Ensemble of Horn, Violin & Piano. The programme includes Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op. 24 “ Spring” and the Trio for horn, violin and piano Op.40 by Brahms.


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