hago welcomes you!
"hago will change your perception of Classical Guitar"

We're hago

The Hampshire Guitar Orchestra (hago) formerly Havant Area Guitar Orchestra began in 1999.
We've a reputation for unusual music presented with a real sense of fun.
We aim to change our audience's perception about classical guitar!

We're guitarists from Hampshire and neighbouring counties enjoying something really unusual. Our Musical Director is Derek Hasted.

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra

hago (hay'go ) defn : to "have a good one" - the hampshire guitar orchestra's motto!

Meet hago!

What are we?

We play 4 different sizes of Guitar, like the different sizes in a recorder consort, brass band or string quartet.
We're one of handful of guitar orchestras - free from the limitations of pitch that constrain guitar ensembles.


Our concerts

Most of our concerts and shows raise funds for charities. Find out how to book us to play for your charity.

You'll hear music from Early to Pop, from Classical to Jazz, from Stage to Film, from Renaissance to Reggae . . .
People often say "What an amazing sound - I didn't know guitars could sound like that"

See us on video and in our photo galleries.

Click the concerts tab for our next concerts.


Do you play guitar?

Then perhaps you'd be interested in joining us!
We rehearse at Lovedean mid-way between Portsmouth & Petersfield in South East Hampshire

We offer unique performance opportunities for guitarists aged 16-21 (& their teachers!)

Reviews & Awards

"Hampshire's best kept secret"
Farlington Music Festival

"Fabulously entertaining...
I laughed 'til I almost cried"

HIADS Hayling

"Riotously good ensemble playing ... inspirational"
Classical Guitar Magazine

More reviews...


6th Guitar Orchestra Competition of GB

Best special interest website
4th Hantsweb Awards

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