From orchestral blockbusters to intimate string sounds, the Havant Orchestras have something for everyone!

It’s always exciting to be looking ahead to a new season and the Havant Orchestras are very much looking forward to presenting another seven concerts across Havant and Fareham in 2019-20. This time we have a selection of seriously tempting programmes including blockbuster symphonic classics of giant proportions and more intimate, delicate, music to soothe and relax you!

HSO’s season begins with our fund-raising concert at Hayling Island Community Centre on September 21st. This features our outgoing student conductor, Stefano Boccacci. Stefano brings with him the talented young viola soloist Nia Thomas from the Royal Welsh School of Music and Drama and the concert includes deliciously romantic music by Sibelius, Bruch, Weber and Schumann. An evening at the seaside that HSO looks forward to every year!

We are very fortunate to have the Hall at Oaklands School in Waterlooville available for concerts by the Havant Symphony Orchestra (HSO). It is a very large hall with a grand piano which enables HSO to perform some large-scale music which would otherwise not be heard live in the area. Numbering around 50 musicians at its regular size, HSO can readily be expanded to provide the forces needed for a work such as the Symphony no. 1 by Mahler which features huge wind and brass sections bringing the orchestra’s total to over 80 players! This piece will feature in the concert by HSO on December 7th, along with music by Berlioz and Sibelius, and the fun ‘Variations on a Nursery Song’ for piano and orchestra by the Hungarian Ernst Dohnányi. The soloist in this piece will be Florian Mitrea, who studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has now embarked on an international solo career.

On 21st March 2020, the violin takes centre stage as we feature 20-year old Charlie Lovell-Jones who is already a soloist with major orchestras whilst still studying at Oxford University! Charlie will play the Violin Concerto by Elgar – a work of great passion and beauty in Elgar’s typically English style. Also in this programme will be some ghoulish fairy-tale telling in the form of Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’ Suite (including the famous ‘Morning’ and ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’) and Dvořák’s ‘The Noon Witch’!

To end the season, on 11th July 2020, HSO pulls out all the stops to bring you an unmissable 20th-century icon, Stravinsky’s spectacular ballet music ‘The Firebird’, along with music by Smetana and Bizet and an appearance from a talented pupil from the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. We don’t know their identity yet – it’s a secret! – but he or she will play the Cello Concerto in A minor by Saint-Saëns.

Our smaller ensemble, Havant Chamber Orchestra (HCO), will this season be visiting three different venues in the Fareham area. They begin with a lovely intimate evening for strings on October 19th at the United Reformed Church in Osborn Road South. HCO’s principal oboe, Lucinda Willits, will join the strings for a lively concerto by Italian master Albinoni. The concert will also include the ‘Souvenir de Florence’ by Tchaikovsky as well as the famous Adagio by Samuel Barber.

On February 8th 2020 HCO will be in Fareham again, this time with the full orchestra at Holy Trinity Church in West Street and we are delighted to be performing with Petersfield-based Russian cellist, Mikhail Lezdkan. Mikhail will play three pieces with us – the famous ‘Rococo Variations’ by Tchaikovsky and two delightful shorter pieces by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov. Music by Mozart and Haydn completes this easy-listening evening!

To round off our HCO season, on 16th May 2020, we are planning a departure in two ways – firstly, we will be just up the road from Fareham, this time at Wickham Community Centre, and secondly, our Musical Director, Robin Browning, will present an exploration of classical music’s most iconic composer, Beethoven. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Robin’s presentation will celebrate this by offering an insight into the great man’s life and work, featuring a full performance of his famous ‘Pastoral Symphony’ – the sixth of his nine amazing symphonies.

Full details of all our concerts, including ticketing information, are available on our website at Season tickets are available for the three HSO concerts at Oaklands, the three HCO concerts, or for all six and these offer substantial discounts on ticket prices.

Do come and join us this season for some perfect evenings of the world’s greatest music – we look forward to seeing you at a concert soon!

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