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.
hago (hay'go ) defn : to "have a good one" - the hampshire guitar orchestra's motto!
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.
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"
Click the concerts tab for our next concerts.
Do you play guitar?
We offer unique performance opportunities for guitarists aged 16-21 (& their teachers!)
Reviews & Awards
"Hampshire's best kept secret"
Farlington Music Festival
I laughed 'til I almost cried"
"Riotously good ensemble playing ... inspirational"
Classical Guitar Magazine
6th Guitar Orchestra Competition of GB
Best special interest website
4th Hantsweb Awards