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Music Magic – Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra.

You may think that a symphony orchestra is not for you.

School pupils enjoying the magic of the orchestra.

But have you ever tried one?

Well, now’s your chance to do

so free of charge - at the Health Festival on 9th July.


During the Festival we’ll be playing part of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. A symphony is a piece of music written for a large orchestra, with violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, French horns, trumpets, trombones, and drums and headed up by a conductor: our is Bob Chasey.


Don’t worry, we aren’t playing the whole symphony – just a section, with a bit of chat about what to expect. The part we’ll be playing recreates a loud and violent storm which interrupts the merrymaking of a country party. When the storm abates an air of peacefulness and thanksgiving descends in the form of calm and joyful music.


The Haffner Orchestra has been going for nearly 50 years, and it’s grown in size along with its following. Sometimes there are 70 on the stage and 500 in the audience! We play in Lancaster Town Hall and at Lancaster University, in November, February and June.




During the pandemic lots of people said how much they missed us – missed hearing lovely, live music.


Home Music

Here is a video clip of us, playing in Lockdown, each of us in our own homes. People were longing to hear us once again when Lockdown was over.


On our website you’ll find details of our current concerts there, as well as information about past events, such as children’s concerts, events in the town’s shopping centre, at the Midland Hotel, in the public library, and other places.


Our theme for the Health Festival is “Music lifts the spirits”. Music inspires lots of emotions, and can improve mental health and well-being. We hope our music lifts your spirits. Come along and see for yourself!

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