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

We were hago

The Hampshire Guitar Orchestra (hago) formerly Havant Area Guitar Orchestra began in 1999 and closed its doors in 2017.
We gained a reputation for unusual music presented with a real sense of fun.
We changee our audience's perception about classical guitar!

We were a group of guitarists from Hampshire and neighbouring counties enjoying something really unusual.

Our Musical Director was Derek Hasted.

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra

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

Meet hago!

What were we?

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


Our concerts

Most of our concerts and shows raised funds for charities.

We played 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.


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