Havant Chamber Orchestra


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Havant Chamber Orchestra was formed by Peter Craddock in 1965 by the amalgamation of several chamber music ensembles. The HCO and its larger sister orchestra Havant Symphony Orchestra (HSO) form the Havant Orchestras, which are administered by Havant and District Orchestral Society.

The current conductor and musical director of HCO is Robin Browning, and the orchestra is made up of a mix of professional and amateur players. Membership is by invitation.

All three HCO concerts in the season currently take place at Holy Trinity Church, West Street, Fareham with a guest leader.

One of the most important features of the HCO concerts is the wide range of music performed, such as a ‘discovered’ work – either an unknown by a well-known composer, a should-be-known by a little-known composer, or even, occasionally, a commissioned work.  HCO also welcomes soloists whether they are an international star, a promising newcomer, a talented member of the orchestra or a well-known local professional.

Where possible in support of the educational role of the orchestral society, Havant Chamber Orchestra tries to ensure that each main evening concert is usually preceded by a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm on a subject related to the concert.

To encourage younger audiences, concert tickets for children still at school (up to sixth form or equivalent) cost only £1, and students get a 50% discount.

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    June 11, 2024
    Havant Chamber Orchestra Strings section. Conducted by Ben Qureshi. Purcell – AbdelazarAlbinoni – Adagio (for organ and Strings, featuring David Cain on organ)Warlock – Capriol SuiteWalton – Two Pieces from Henry VGrieg – Two Elegiac MelodiesHorovitz – Concertante (for Clarinet...
    May 18, 2024
    Havant Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Robin BrowningLeader: Catherine Lawlor (pictured) Arrive early to enjoy …6.30pm–7.00pm: Pre-concert talk On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring – DeliusSummer Night on the River – DeliusPetite Symphonie for Wind – GounodSymphony No. 40 – Mozart...
    February 3, 2024
    Havant Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Robin Browning Arrive early to enjoy …6.30pm–7.00pm: Pre-concert talk Overture in the Italian Style in C, D.591 – Schubert Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K.218 – MozartSoloist: Alexandra Peel Symphony No. 4 in A...
    October 14, 2023
    Havant Chamber OrchestraConductor: Robin Browning Read preview notes. Arrive early to enjoy: 6.30pm–7.00pm: Pre-concert talk Two Pieces for Strings from Henry V – Walton Clarinet Concerto – FinziSoloists: Rob Blanken Serenade for Strings – Elgar Fantasia on a theme by...
    May 20, 2023
    Read preview notes. Overture “Coriolan” – BeethovenSymphony No. 6 in F, “Pastoral” – Beethoven Leader: Catherine LawlorConductor: Robin Browning Beethoven unpacked, revealed, undressed – you name it, our fantastic Music Director, Robin Browning, explains why Beethoven is the icon he...
    February 4, 2023
    Read preview notes. Arrive early to enjoy …6.30pm–7.00pm: Pre-concert talk Overture, Scherzo and Finale – Schumann Horn Concerto No. 1 – Richard StraussSoloist: Ben Goldscheider Symphony No. 9, “Great” – Schubert S is for… In classical music you’ll often hear...
    October 15, 2022
    Read preview notes. This concert is dedicated to HCO’s memories of Brian Howells, Leader of HCO from 1997 to 2020, as a celebration of his huge contribution to the orchestra, sadly cut short by Covid-19 in April 2020. Arrive early...
    May 21, 2022
    Overture “Egmont” – Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major – BrahmsSoloist: Charlotte Saluste-BridouxSymphony No. 3 in A Minor, “Scottish” – Mendelssohn Download poster. For a summer’s evening Havant Chamber Orchestra presents major classics by giants of the classical world Beethoven,...