Hampshire Guitar Orchestra's
hago has played concerts every year since we began in 1999, raising over £56,000 for local charities on the way.
And now we have a very special milestone to celebrate - our 100th concert!
Our concert was part of the week-long Portsmouth Festivities - our special guests were our good friends Cambridge Guitar Orchestra, led by Peter Rueffer.
concert photo & video memento
As well as a concert filled with the sweet sounds of two guitar orchestras, there were refreshments, a raffle and a lucky programme draw.
Proceeds from the raffle went to Havant Women's Aid.
Scroll down to see a selection of photos.
Watch 3 short videos from the concert - scroll down here...
What a fantastic evening we had at HAGO's 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
Publicising the concert
Our local paper did us proud publicising it
In the run-up to the concert hago's website featured a full-page ad
Come on in to St George's Portsea
Sandwich board at the ready....
...sandwiches at the ready.
A chance for the orchestras to renew friendships and meet new faces
hago sets up what's needed at the front of the church...
...and then sets up what's needed at the back!
And we're ready for the off!
hago's Musical Director Derek Hasted with a Roman Helmet.
With the best will in the world, it didn't add much to our most tender love song of the event...
...whereas our gift to Peter Reuffer of an elegant Pith Helmet fitted perfectly with our premiere of Whispering Grass, even if the helmet didn't fit perfectly. Besides it was only fitting to give Peter the pith after years of taking it...
Danzon No 2 - Arturo Marquez - click to play
Woman - John Lennon - click to play
One more video at the bottom of this page
CGO in action
CGO have played concerts with hago every year since 2002 - find out more in our CGO feature.
We don't know what made CGO think that this gift, so kindly presented, would make Derek's jokes funnier - they can judge when we meet up in 2013
As we bid farewell to our 100th concert and to our good friends CGO, enjoy this little memento - When The Guitar Sings