Classical music lovers are in for a treat

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THE new season of performances by The Havant Orchestras begins with one of the most famous of all overtures.

Felix Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, more familiarly known as Fingal’s Cave, will be performed by Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall.

Mendelssohn wrote the piece after visiting the dramatic coast of the Hebridean Island of Staffa in 1829.

Suite Pelléas et Mélisande by Sibelius will be followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 and Mozart’s Symphony No 31 in D, Paris.

The concert will form part of the orchestra’s 51st season and follows on from a year of celebrations for the mix of amateur and professional musicians.

Peter Craddock will be conducting the concert in his 51st season of concerts and the orchestra will be led by Brian Howells.

The evening begins at 6.30pm with a talk by David Goodall about Sibelius while a meeting of Upbeat Club will entertain younger music-lovers.

Tickets for the event, on October 20, are on sale now at the Ferneham Hall box office on (01329) 231942 and cost £8, £14, £17.50 and £20 with 50 per cent reduction for students and tickets for under 19s at £1 each.

Full details of the concert season are available at