Havant Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Evening Concert, bursary auditions and plans for the next season

Becky Hill, chair, writes.

Havant Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is putting on its final concert of the current season at Oaklands School on Saturday 13 July at 7.30pm.

It will perform Three Dances from The Bartered Bride by Smetana, the Cello Concerto by Elgar, and Symphony No. 1 in C minor by Brahms.

This programme has been quite challenging but at the same time wonderful to rehearse. The Smetana is being conducted by the current Havant Orchestras Bursary Holder, Enyi Okpara, who’s just been appointed as the 2024/25 Calleva Assistant Conductor with the BSO. Here’s additional info.

The other pieces are being conducted by a previous Bursary Holder, James Thomas

The Cello Concerto by Elgar is one of the first orchestral pieces that I’ve played and it is a special favourite of mine. In parts of it the cello plays a solo line, and it’s a very rewarding piece for any string player.

At least five instrumentalists in the orchestra will be young people from the South-east Hampshire Youth Orchestra (SHYO). This has arisen from the two joint orchestras’ sight-reading sessions that we’ve held. We’re delighted to give this opportunity to the younger generation.

The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Peter Wade, our society’s president, and at least five councillors will be present at the concert. Doors will open for drinks and nibbles at 6.30pm.

Bursary auditions

On Friday 19 July we are holding our bursary auditions, which is open to season ticket holders. We had 11 applications for the Bursary auditions which we have shortlisted down to 4. Each conductor has 25 minutes to rehearse the orchestra, playing Schubert’s Unfinished Suite and the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite by Zimmer. It might be interesting to read on our web page who’ve been our past Bursary Holders, which include Mark Wigglesworth (Chief Conductor – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and Jason Lai (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Orchestra of the Swan).

The 2024-25 season

The orchestra is pleased to release the programme for the next season. Here it is at a glance. It’s also on our new website, https://havantorchestras.org.

Saturday 19th October – Postcard from America – The Bob and Beryl Harding Bursary Concert

Fanfare for the Common Man – Copland
Mighty River – Wallen
Rhapsody in Blue – Gershwin (soloist – Ellis Thomas) (celebrating its 100th anniversary)
Adagio for Strings – Barber
Adoration- Price
Four Dances from Rodeo – Copland

Warblington Concert Hall, Havant
7.30pm

Part of the Havant Music Festival 2024

Saturday 30th November 2024 – War and Peace

Mars and Venus from The Planets Suite – Holst
A Shropshire Lad – Butterworth
The Dam Busters March – Coates
Hymn To The Fallen – Williams
Spitfire Prelude and Fugue – Walton
Battle of Britain Suite – Goodwin
1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky

Oaklands Concert Hall, Waterlooville
7.30pm

Saturday 7th December 2024 – The Snowman

Two performances of The Snowman with a narrator, with a film.
Alexander Moles, a chorister at St Mary’s, Portsea, will be singing.

Oaklands Concert Hall, Waterlooville
1.30pm and 3.30pm

Sunday 26th January 2025 – Charming Chamber Music

An afternoon of chamber music performed by ensembles from the Havant Chamber Orchestra

St Thomas’ Church, Bedhampton
2.30pm

Saturday 8th February 2025 – A Night of Stage and Screen

Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves – Kamen
Swan Lake Finale – Tchaikovsky
Intermezzo from Cavalliera Rusticana – Mascagni
James Bond: The Writing’s On The Wall – Smith
James Bond: Nobody Does It Better – Hamlisch
Phantom of the Opera Suite – Lloyd Webber
Star Trek Through The Ages – Goldsmith
Guys and Dolls Suite – Loesser
The Seahawk – Korngold
The Pirates of the Caribbean Suite- Badelt
Schindler’s List – Williams  (soloist – Martin Palmer)
Star Wars Selection – Williams

Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island
7.30pm

Saturday 22nd March 2025 – In Tune With Nature – A Mindfulness Concert

The Wasps Overture – V. Williams
The Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty – Tchaikovsky
The Walk To The Paradise Garden – Delius
Dances In The Cane Breaks – Price
Romance from The Gadfly – Shostakovich (soloist – Martin Palmer)
Pastoral Symphony – V. Williams

Oaklands Concert Hall
7.30pm

Saturday 10th May 2025 – From The Earth To The Sky – 60th Anniversary Concert

A commissioned work for the 60th Anniversary of the Havant Chamber Orchestra

Three movements from Pelleas et Melisande (The Sky At Night theme) – Sibelius
The Lark Ascending – V. Williams
Clair De Lune – Debussy arr. Caplet
Symphony No 41 ‘Jupiter’ – Mozart

Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Peter The Apostle Church, Waterlooville
7.30pm

Saturday 12th July 2025 – Last Night of the Proms

Crown Imperial March – Walton
Old Wine In New Bottles – Jacob
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings – Britten
Royal Fanfare – Bliss
Fantasia on British Sea Songs – Wood
Rule Britannia – Arne
Jerusalem – Parry
Pomp and Circumstance No 1 – Elgar

Oaklands Concert Hall
7.30pm

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