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Waterlooville Music Festival

11th to 19th June

10th to 18th June

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Daytime Evening at 7.30pm


thursday 15th June

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dance floor

licensed real ale, wine & Pimm’s bar

interval drink included

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra

St George’s Church, Waterlooville, 7.30pm - licensed bar opens 7pm



Musical director: Derek Hasted

Please note: The programme had planned to include a short supporting performance by
Emsworth Community Singers. Unfortunately the Singers cannot make it, so there will be
some extra pieces performed by Hampshire Guitar Orchestra this evening.

The Hampshire Guitar Orchestra (hago) formerly Havant Area Guitar Orchestra began in 1999.

They have a reputation for unusual music presented with a real sense of fun and aim to change our audience's perception about classical guitar!

They are guitarists from Hampshire and neighbouring counties enjoying something really unusual.

They play 4 different sizes of Guitar, like the different sizes in a recorder consort, brass band or string quartet.

They are one of a handful of guitar orchestras in the country - free from the limitations of pitch that constrain guitar ensembles.

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra has been a frequent and hugely popular top attraction on the
Waterlooville Music Festival programme over the years, with its entertaining and varied selection of fun music, mixed with the witty commentary of its leader, Derek Hasted


...Have you ever heard of a Guitar Orchestra? I hadn’t. It is brilliant. And the players clearly love what they are doing! No electrics, just beautiful mellow acoustic guitars on which they gave us an hour long medley of famous tunes – Penny Lane, Woman, Eternal Flame and many more. Derek Hasted leads and presents their show with a dry, wry sense of humour that had us in stitches, particularly when (having had a look at us) he invited us to use our dentures as castanets for the Dansa Cubana. Priceless! HAGO at Basingstoke

The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Gerald Shimbart, has praised Monday evening's show which saw Hampshire Clarinet and Saxophone Choir perform with Hampshire Guitar Orchestra. Cllr Shimbart said: 'In the first half the youngsters played with energy and expression producing a vigorous and varied programme.'The virtuosity of the Hampshire guitar orchestra was amazing and the patter was hilarious.' Portsmouth News review of Waterlooville Music Festival 2012

Derek's witty comments between the pieces had the audience laughing in the aisles. Titchfield Bonfire Boys

They played a variety of music perfectly, beautifully, passionately and with such entertaining narration. I would have paid triple for a ticket. HAGO at Petersfield Festival Hall

..performed to a packed audience and played unbelievable music… Hythe Herald

The guitarists were skilfully led by Musical Director Derek Hasted, who is not only an excellent musician but also made me and everyone else laugh 'til I almost cried. In the words of our very own Vince Bailey, it was "a spiffing evening" …  Station Theatre, Hayling Island

a riotously good piece of ensemble playing from the Hampshire Guitar Orchestra … Derek Hasted is a bit of a dynamo; you can feel his energy and sense of humour (jokes not totally unlike the late proprietor of that famous jazz club in Frith Street, Ronnie Scott) ripple through his band of guitarists and out to the audience ... Their repertoire is huge …. Classical Guitar Magazine

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra under Derek Hasted displayed extremes in four pieces ranging from medieval to modern, including one of his own compositions. Their rendition of 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight?' was particularly beautiful ….Portsmouth News reviewing Portsmouth Music Festival

This twelve piece ensemble, under the leadership of their director, Derek Hasted, took the Club by storm, playing music from three centuries in an immaculate performance that showed just how entertaining the guitar can be en masse, when played with precision, colour and careful attention to dynamics. HAGO prove that serious music making is not only entertaining but can be great fun. Their repertoire is not only popular and accessible but is performed with great professionalism by an obviously well-rehearsed and highly competent orchestra ..... West Sussex Guitar Club

...The sound was very rich in tone, but also clear, so you could easily hear the individual parts, but with the melodic lines never being obscured, the dynamic range was also about as wide as it could have been......the pleasure of so much very good playing of well-arranged and varied music ... a highly enjoyable and professionally turned-out ensemble… Dorset Guitar Society

Derek Hasted conceived the idea hago in late 1998. hago started rehearsing in February 1999, and Derek took up the role of Musical Director, which encompasses arranging (and in the early days) conducting. Derek now plays alto guitar in the orchestra.

Although Derek is a Kentish Man, he has been teaching guitar in Hampshire since 1977. His structured beginners' syllabus was the first in the country to be accredited by the Open College Network when accreditation was all the rage. He has a Master's degree from Peterhouse, Cambridge and a Teaching Diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

Musical Director: Derek Hasted

Derek Hasted

Derek is a prolific arranger of accessible guitar ensemble music, with many publications in print. His works include Tiny Trios (for beginners) and Diff'rent Dances (Grades 2-4) - books that are amongst his publisher's Best Sellers.

His ensemble compositions and arrangements are part of many School and Guitar Society concerts in Britain and overseas - popular with young and old guitarists alike. His solo suite "Celebration" is recorded on CD and is performed by guitarist and dear friend Bruce Paine. Derek has completed commissions for ABRSM's innovative Music Medals scheme for novice ensemble guitarists and received a "We Can Do It Award" from the Portsmouth News in recognition of his teaching and fund-raising. He is a music reviewer for Classical Guitar magazine, which occasionally calls him Derek Halstead, just to keep his sense of self-importance in check.

Derek also plays brass, piano and a number of other stringed instruments. This breadth of musical experience means that hago enjoys a sound which draws on much more than hackneyed guitaristic motifs and patterns, and Derek isn't afraid to arrange music that is not normally placed on guitar.

Derek has a dry sense of humour that will leave you in stitches, making a fun evening of unique music even more enjoyable.

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra

The contra guitar is tuned an octave below the prime. The contra's rich, sustained depth adds majesty to the sound.

The prime guitar is a conventional classical guitar. It’s very versatile and features in all hago’s arrangements.

The bass guitar is tuned a fourth below the prime. The bass adds solidity and warmth to the sound.

The alto is tuned a fifth above the prime. The thin strings and spruce table add a bright clarity to the sound.

We use Niibori guitar orchestra instruments, which are tuned half an octave apart.

The alto, prime, bass and contrabass guitars give the guitar the same standing as the string quartet, the brass band, the recorder consort, the chest of viols and the saxophone choir. The extended compass and rich tone bring our music alive.

The guitars …..

HAGO at West Sussex Guitar Club
Allegro from the Palladio Suite

HAGO at The King’s Theatre, Southsea
Tribute performance

HAGO at Petersfield Music Festival 2016
Rocking all over the world


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