The BHAO (previously known as the New England Arts Orchestra) is a Brighton & Hove community orchestra created in 2008, providing the opportunity for musicians of all ages and abilities to come together to play classical music. Members of the orchestra are mostly amateurs with a few professional musicians, all of whom enjoy the opportunity of playing in a friendly orchestra in their local community.

Our Musical Director is Brighton based composer Patrick Harrex.

forthcoming events:

Saturday 6 April at 4pm

All Saints Church, Church Hil, Patcham, BN1 8YE

BHAO Wind Ensemble, directed by Patrick Harrex, perform works written for the Parisian Sociètè des Instruments à Vent

Gounod – Petite Symphonie and Emile Bernard – Divertissement

Admission £5 on the door (16 and under free). In aid of All Saints Church Restoration Fund

Tea and cake available during the interval


2 half day cello ensemble workshops (Saturday 13 & Sunday 28 April) directed by international cellist Ivana Peranic). For adult cellists of all abilities and open to non-members of Brighton & Hove Arts Orchestra. Followed by informal concert on 28 April at 4.30pm. For more details see our concerts/events page and/or email info@bhao.org


Summer Concert – Saturday 15 June 2019 7.30pm

with Amity Singers

St John’s Church, Knoyle Road, Brighton BN1 6RB

Saturday 20 July 2019

we perform at Level Best Festival, Brighton

Saturday 7 December 2019

Christmas concert at St John’s church, Preston Park






We are now on facebook and twitter@BHAOrchestra

Photo credit – The Argus