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Havant And District Orchestral Society

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Ferneham Hall , Osborn Rd,
Fareham, PO16 7DB

01329 231942

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Havant Symphony Orchestra was created by Peter Craddock in 1962 as a Further Education class to offer local amateur musicians an opportunity to study, rehearse and perform a wide range of orchestral music.  It later became independent of Further Education, but retains the same aims and remains an amateur organisation in that playing members do not receive any payment (and normally pay a membership subscription).  Some players are involved in the music profession, for example as local music teachers, and others are gifted amateur players.  Peter directed HSO for 50 years, retiring at the end of 2012.  The current conductor and musical director of HSO is Jonathan Butcher.  The leader is Cathy Mathews, a professional violinist with a wealth of experience in orchestral playing, especially with the Bournemouth Orchestras