hago's 100th concert... "a fantastic evening"

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra's
100th concert

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.

Enjoy our
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...

Read the
audience comments

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

HAGO in The News

Our local paper did us proud publicising it

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra publicity

In the run-up to the concert hago's website featured a full-page ad

Getting ready!

St George's Church Portsea, near Portsmouth Harbour

Come on in to St George's Portsea

Sandwich board at the ready....

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra entertain Cambridge Guitar Orchestra

...sandwiches at the ready.
A chance for the orchestras to renew friendships and meet new faces


HAGO's equipment!

hago sets up what's needed at the front of the church...

Concert refreshments

...and then sets up what's needed at the back!

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra soundcheck

And we're ready for the off!

Derek Hasted does his Julius Caesar impersonation

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...

Peter Rueffer sporting an elegant but slightly undersized pith helmet

Sing Lofty!
...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...


Woman - Lennon - played by Hampshire Guitar Orchestra

Woman - John Lennon - click to play

One more video at the bottom of this page


Cambridge Guitar Orchestra in concert in Portsmouth

CGO in action

CGO in concert in Portsmouth

CGO have played concerts with hago every year since 2002 - find out more in our CGO feature.

Derek's new joke book!

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

HAGO plays When The Guitar Sings

As we bid farewell to our 100th concert and to our good friends CGO, enjoy this little memento - When The Guitar Sings