Archive for December 9th, 2012

HSO Concert Dec 8th

December 9, 2012

Our fourth and final event of the day was the Havant Symphony Orchestra’s Concert at Oaklands RC School in Waterlooville.

The 50th Season

The 50th Season

This special concert marked the final conducting performance of this orchestra by its founder, Peter Craddock.

Peter founded the orchestra in 1962, and since then it has become one of the most highly regarded amateur orchestras inĀ  the country.

Unfortunately, ill health has meant that Peter has had to take things a bit easier than he would like, but he was still able to conduct the player’s through Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, a piece which lasted for about an hour!

The first half of the concert was conducted by Robert Hodge, with one of the pieces, Brahms Double Concerto in A minor, featuring excellent solo performances by Alexander Sitkovetsky on violin and Richard Harwood, who comes from Waterlooville, on cello.

After the concert

After the concert

This was an excellent evening’s entertainment, which concluded with some short speeches of thanks for the work that peter has done to make music accessible for local people and for the opportunity he has given for younger players to progress through playing with the orchestra.

Hopefully Peter will still be able to continue to conduct the Havant Chamber Orchestra.

Acorn Centre Dec 8th

December 9, 2012

Our third event of the day was the children’s Christmas party at the Acorn Centre in Wecock.

Didn't they do well!

Didn’t they do well!

When we arrived there were several groups of children, assisted by one or two adults, busily finishing off the sledges that they were making, and which Elaine & i were asked to judge. There were some very interesting constructions, but I am not sure what Santa would have thought!

Other things had been happening before we got there, and there was some very artistic face painting.

As we had to get to our next event, we could not stay very long, but all of the children were having a great time.