2004 has been a fantastic year of outreach for hago
We're delighted to announce that we've changed our name to
to reflect our increasing work inside and outside the county.
Founded in 1999, hago has already been through one name change! But as from September 2004, we've a new name - the Hampshire Area Guitar Orchestra. Here's why ...
The 12 months between Summer 2003 and 2004 were hectic and exciting, and took us to venues outside Hampshire - to London for the Guitar Orchestra Competition, to Cambridge and to the International Guitar Festival in Bath.
Once we leave Hampshire, people don't have the foggiest where Havant is, and they certainly can't pronounce it! It's simple - just say haven't - but if we had a pound for every time someone has said ha-VANT, we'd probably be able to afford a stretch limo to take us to our concerts!
That, and the welcome appearance of new players from much further afield, mean we really are from the Hampshire Area of the UK, and that's why we've changed our name.
Of course, now people will think we're from America's (new) Hampshire, but we'll deal with that as it happens. Just bear in mind that we're the new Hampshire Area Guitar Orchestra, not the New Hampshire Area Guitar Orchestra and we'll be fine.
Our orchestration and varied styles stay, as does the occasional really lousy joke from our Musical Director when he gets over-confident in Concert ...
Our free mailing list continues to grow - we send out about six email newsletters a year - you can join here.
But we're not standing still - we're always looking for new players to swell our ranks and boost our volume - if you're interested, we've more details here.
You'll still find references to Havant Area Guitar Orchestra in our archive pages, but our fresh, new, website appearance tells you that we've changed, just a little!
hago October 2004
Our first rehearsal with our new name.
Our first photo with our new name is
our Out-Takes section!