December 22nd - MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Enjoy our little montage of happy memories from 2012 - a year which saw us playing concerts in Milford on Sea, Portsmouth, Southsea and many other local venues.
Our concerts this year bring our total raised for charity to over £58,000 and we'd like to thank everyone who came along and supported our fund-raising and helped spread the word about us!
This morning we received a DVD from Steve Hewlett, the ventriloquist who organised and starred in the Loyal Variety Performance at The Kings Theatre Southsea.
Steve has given us permission to extract the video from our performance, and today we've uploaded our closing item, "Woman" by John Lennon, which Steve asked us to play in memory of Joyce Brown, a lovely lady and an enthusiastic fund-raiser for The Kings Restoration fund.
October 27th - The Loyal Variety Show last night at the Kings Theatre Southsea was the most amazing night out. The evening was hosted by Steve Hewlett and an array of puppet dummies, and Karen Dalton, who appeared as Nan and quite scared the pants off some of us backstage!
Steve put together a fantastic mix of comedy, singing, dancing and magic.
It was a fantastic thrill for us to be asked to open the second act, including a tribute Steve asked us to play for fund-raiser Joyce Brown, in whose memory the entire evening was dedicated.
Over £2000 was raised, to be split between the Portsmouth Brain Tumour charity and the Kings Restoration fund.
See a couple of back stage photos at the bottom of our 2012 gallery
October 24th - from the Twittersphere -
Steve Hewlett (@ventriloquist29) tweets...
Amazing Acts giving their time @KingsSouthsea Friday 7pm in Loyal Variety @karendalton @andrewvanburen @HagoGuitar @Manic_SP @glennmford...
Come along - starts 7pm at The Kings Southsea on Friday - over 20 acts - all for charity!
October 22nd - Some late and very welcome donations bring our October 13th fund-raising total to £740.80 - a simply fantastic sum, made possible by our lovely and enthusiastic audience.
Next chance to see us is as part of the massive Loyal Variety Performance at The Kings Theatre Southsea on Friday October 26th
October 20th - We've just been featured on Angel Radio, Havant's nostalgia radio station, which you can listen to on the Internet if you're outside the Havant area.
October 15th - We've put three videos from Saturday's concert onto our Music and Video page.
They're not quite as pin-sharp as we'd like, but if you were unable to come to the concert, it will give you a taster of what went on...
October 14th - our new show "Plucked From Thin Air" took to the stage (well, the floor, actually!) in Bedhampton yesterday.
Hosted by Havant Rotary Club, the evening raised £705.80 for the charity Canine Partners - thank you to everyone who came and supported our performance. What a fantastic audience - by the end of the evening, we had people clapping with the hands above their heads! We welcomed local Artist Bethany Moore who had some dog-inspired drawings and paintings for sale.
It brings our total raised for charitable causes to over £58,000.
Have a listen to one of the items in the concert here...
October 2nd - our concert in Hythe 10 days ago raised £478 for their Outreach fund - thank you to everyone who came and supported our performance!
It brings our total raised for charitable causes to over £57,300
June 30th - our YouTube
channel has never been busier - we're serving over
100 videos a day, and our new Danzon
video, which has been on YouTube in
two guises, has already been viewed over 350 times in under 6 days.
June 29th - comments from our 100th concert...
"What a fantastic evening we had at HAGOs' 100th concert - in Portsmouth.
Thanks to you all"
"HAGO's offering was excellent. We both thoroughly enjoyed it!"
"Very slick - superb!"
"A fabulous evening - great music & entertaining leadership"
We've added another video - see right - to celebrate our special concert.
to hear hago play
"When the Guitar Sings", by Guy Bergeron, arranged for hago by
Derek Hasted. The composer has seen the video and describes it as "wonderful".
28th - and why, you are probably wondering, is there a photo of a pith helmet
and a joke book on a guitar orchestra website?
If you're asking, you've probably never been to a joint Hampshire and Cambridge Guitar Orchestra concert!
Visit our "hago 100th
concert page" and discover a little more about what goes on behind the
scenes when Hampshire Guitar Orchestra meet Cambridge Guitar Orchestra and
the gloves come off...
June 27th - Our concert on Saturday helped raise funds for Havant Women's
Aid. Thank you for coming along - you've helped lift our fundraising total
to a new high of £56,523
We have some rather shaky videos from our 100th concert two days ago - the picture is shaky, but the sound is solid - please have a listen...
Woman - Lennon arr Hasted
More videos here....
June 24th - we had a great time last night at our 100th concert yesterday
Audience comments included
What a fantastic evening we had at HAGOs' 100th concert - in Portsmouth.
Thanks to you all
HAGO's offering was excellent. We both thoroughly enjoyed it!
June 23rd - 100th concert this evening, and my goodness the hago website is serving pages like they are going out of fashion!
June 22nd - we're sure you don't need reminding that it's our 100th concert tomorrow, but our local newspaper is
firing on all cylinders at the moment, as you can see.
You'll find maps, travel information and more about the concert on our special
100th concert page which you can click through to here.
can sit at ground level or up on the top deck!
June 20th - our local newspaper have done us proud - our 100th concert on Saturday is
June 16th - our Monday 11th June performance is
featured in the Mayor
of Havant's Blog...
June 14th - "Amazing virtuosity..."
From the Portsmouth
News website this morning
The mayor of Havant, Councillor Gerald Shimbart, has praised Monday evening’s
show which saw Hampshire clarinet and saxophone choirs perform with Hampshire
Cllr Shimbart said: ‘In the first half the youngsters played with energy
and expression producing a vigorous and varied programme.
The virtuosity of the Hampshire guitar orchestra was amazing and the patter
We're reliably informed that anyone who's anyone has a twitter account.
So we've got one. Now we need some followers to help us share our (occasional)
tweets. Go on, press the button, we dares ya!
June 12th - it was a real fun concert last night thanks to the hardworking
team at Waterlooville Music Festival - what a great bunch of folks!
Concert feedback includes...
"a truly enjoyable evening"
high quality playing"
June 9th - you're invited to celebrate with us at our 100th concert...
Read more and see photos from 2002 to 2011 on our Invitation page.
Put the date in your diary - June 23rd.
Come by car or train - it's a fantastically convenient and lovely venue!
June 6th - our good friends in our local Guitar Societies (visit our links page for clickable links) are being very supportive of our 100th concert! If you're new to guitar, why not check out their
own events pages, where you can read about an eclectic mix of concerts from a wide range of artists, all experts on Classical Guitar....
June 2nd - we heard late yesterday that our concert in Milford On Sea on 26th May raised £678.19 for Naomi House Children's Hospice!
The organiser writes
Thank you so much for Saturday, it was absolutely brilliant, and I have only heard good things.
Once again thank you so much, it really was a fun night.
It brings our fundraising for charity to £56,468 - thank you for your part in reaching this fantastic total.
Check our concerts page for our future concert dates!
June 2nd - hago's YouTube channel is the busiest it's been for over a year!
You'll find a real mixture of videos, with footage of hago and footage of some of the glorious Hampshire scenery.
And you'll find a trailer for our June 23rd Concert - our 100th concert! We're playing in a delightful venue close to Portsmouth Harbour Railway station.
May 30th - we've put a trailer
up on YouTube for our concert on June 23rd - it's our 100th concert, believe it or not!
More about our 100th celebrations soon, but put the date in your diary and come along - it's part of the Portsmouth Festivities!
You'll find directions to the venue on our concerts page.
Tickets are £7.50 for adults, but it's "kids a quid"!
May 27th - fantastic audience last night - it was great to
meet so many new faces.
As always, we will post the fundraising total on this page as soon as we're told how much we raised for Naomi House Children's Hospice.
Here's a thumbnail preview of a new photo in our 2012 gallery, taken last night.
May 26th - concert tonight! Is the heat getting to you - come along tonight to the New Forest - we have a cool spacious venue at Milford on Sea. You can come early and picnic in the Forest, or go
for paddle in the sea. Then come to our concert at 7:30 in All Saints Church Milford, and enjoy gentle music, a cool environment and refreshments at half time. Tickets on the door are £10, and
it's all in aid of Naomi House, the Hampshire Children's Hospice. Come early for the best seats! Maps here...
May 13th - what's happened to all the news? You're probably wondering why there's been so little hago news of late, but it's quite simple...
We've been in a quiet spell because of Easter, but in that time lots of things have happened behind the scenes and it's time to reveal some of them...
- We've expanded our repertoire to include two new pieces, and we're looking at resurrecting a third because of public demand
- You'll hear at least one of these at our concert in Portsmouth on June 23rd - part of the Portsmouth Festivities
- We've uploaded a montage of stills and videos from last year's Portsmouth Festivities, accompanied, of course, by hago playing "Portsmouth"
- Derek Hasted, our Musical Director, has added four very charming little guitar solos - just the sort of music he teaches in his one-to-one lessons - to his own
- We've sent out another newsletter to our subscribers
- We have a full-length concert on May 26th in aid of Naomi House children's Hospice, in the simply fantastic venue of Milford on Sea.
March 29th - it's taken a while to learn of the fundraising total for our concert on March 15th, but today we heard that we raised £648 for the Rowans Hospice. If you
came along, a big "Thank You" for helping raise that amazing total.
March 5th - yesterday was the Portsmouth Music Festival
Guitar day and four of the hago team competed in a total of three sections - two duet classes and a quartet class.
We're delighted to show you the attached photo - three cups, including one for the best performance of the entire day.
The adjudicator was very complimentary on the quality of the phrasing and togetherness, and that musicality is one of hago's fundamental tenets; we hope you'll come
to our concert on March 15th and enjoy an entire evening devoted to ensemble music in a great variety of styles.
March 3rd - hope you can come to our concert on March 15th - here's a preview...
March 3rd - Come and meet the new team - new photos here...
January 6th - our first rehearsal of 2012 last night saw us dusting down another piece from a very long time ago - we look forward to playing you our much revised concert programme
January 5th - our local newspaper has once again told its readership that we play ukuleles. We had kind of hoped that our name was a clue to what we play!
January 2nd - another month, another set of visitors who came to our site from Google who clearly shouldn't have bothered! People searching for...
January 1st - Happy New Year from all of us in hago - may 2012 be a peaceful and (as far as it's possible!) a prosperous one for all our website