The leading orchestral ensemble in Hawke's Bay providing symphonic, operatic and choral music for the community.
Our mission is to deliver the outstanding orchestral performances for the Hawke's Bay region, support and foster local musical education, and promote music participation in the community.
Currently, HBO performs in Napier and Havelock North in conjunction with the Napier Civic Choir and Festival Opera. Your support will help us expand our concert series to include Hastings, Wairoa, and Waipukurau.
Our ultimate aim is to perform to full houses and have all our concerts free to the public.
Founded in 1966, HBO is the premier orchestra in the Hawke's Bay. Orchestra members perform regularly and also accompany the Napier Civic Choir.
The orchestra has a core of local musicians who rehearse weekly and are supplemented by a network of musicians from around the country who are invited to bring the orchestra to full strength.
Leading New Zealand instrumentalists have performed with the orchestra, including Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Helene Pohl, Andrew Joyce, Rolf Gjelsten, Jian Liu and Matteo Napoli.
The orchestra regularly accompanies the Napier Civic Choir and vocal soloists including Anna Leese, Anna Pierard and Lisa Harper-Brown.
The HBO appointed Jose Aparicio as its Principal Conductor in 2017.
HBO relies on the support of individuals and charitable trusts for ongoing expenses relating to instrument maintenance, equipment and venue hire, and sheet music rental.
In particular, we are currently seeking support to purchase new percussion instruments:
- Bass Drum