HBO is the premier orchestral ensemble in Hawke’s Bay providing symphonic, operatic and choral music for the community.

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.