Welcome to the web site for the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Society.

The IWSO is a well-established non-professional Symphony Orchestra on the Isle of Wight. The Orchestra performs music from a varied repertoire, usually at the Medina Theatre in Newport. This web site provides programme information for past (and future) concerts.

Shana Douglas with violin

Shana Douglas with violin

Following their recent very successful concert, the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra are back rehearsing for their next performance.

The Orchestra will next take to the stage of the Medina Theatre on the evening of 24th May. At this concert (starting at 7.15pm) the Orchestra will be welcoming Shana Douglas as their soloist in a performance of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto.

This young star was born in the USA, but now resides in the UK. Having graduated from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music in 2006, Shana crossed the pond to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Shana is a very experienced soloist having appeared with well known orchestras both here and in America.

In the UK she has performed with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra. Nearer to the Island, she has also appeared with the Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra.

The violin concerto will end the first half of the concert. The concert will start with two rarely performed English pieces. The Bamboula by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor will open the concert. This work is based on a Caribbean dance tune, and is a party piece for the whole orchestra. The second work is purely for strings and is a Ballad composed by Eric Coates (he of the Dam Buster’s March fame). Although not published in his lifetime, it is a work he was very pleased with.

The second half of the concert will contain just the one work, the wonderful melodic and lyrical 7th Symphony by Dvorak. This is truly a wonderful piece and a fitting conclusion to the concert.

Tickets are already on sale, and not surprisingly given the reputation of the orchestra, the variety of the programme and the talent of the soloist, over half the tickets have already been sold.

To book your ticket contact the Medina Theatre box office on 01983 527020 or via their website www.medinatheatre.co.uk

Tickets are now on sale for both the remaining concerts in the IWSO’s current season, so why not get yourself (and your friends) good seats by booking early? If you’d like to help spread the word about the excellent music on offer, why not download and distribute a poster or two too?

IWSO May 2014 Concert Poster

Download a poster for the May concert

IWSO July 2014 concert poster

Download a poster for the July 2014 IWSO concert

Flier for March concert

If you’d like to help spread the word about the great music that the Orchestra will be performing on Saturday 22nd of March, there’s now a black-and-white flier that you can download and distribute.

More music for March

IWSO-2014-March-Poster

Click the above image to download a copy of the March 2014 IWSO concert poster.

Just a quick posting to give notice that tickets for the March concert – and indeed for the rest of the season – are now available from Medina Theatre Box Office, and can be bought in-person, on the phone (01983 527020) or on-line (at http://www.medinatheatre.co.uk/).

March the 22nd is shaping up to be a concert full of contrasts, starting with Ginastera’s Estancia Ballet suite. Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D will be performed by visiting Turkish soloist Cansin Kara. The second half of the evening will be provided courtesy of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Society is delighted to welcome our guest conductor for the evening, – Rupert Bond.

If you’d like to help promote this concert, please download and print out a copy (or many copies!) of the poster. IWSO-2014-March-Poster

2014 brings more music

Download the poster for the 25th of January 2014 Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert

Download the poster for the 25th of January 2014 Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert

It’s the New Year, so get it off to a great start by being at Medina Theatre, Newport, on Saturday 25th of January (at 7.15pm) to listen to an evening of great music from the IWSO. Britten’s Canadian Carnival Overture begins the proceedings, with Walton’s ‘Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table’ and Butterworth’s Rhapsody ‘A Shropshire Lad’ taking us to the interval. The second half features Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Our guest soloist is Jane Streeton.

Tickets on sale now from Medina Theatre on 01983 527020 or on-line at their website.