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.

Marvellous Music for May

Tickets are now available for both the May and July concerts.

The concert on the 21st of May is looking rather special, with Holst’s Beni Mora – Oriental Suite opening the evening, followed by returning favourite Viv McLean playing John Ireland’s Piano Concerto in E flat. Vaughan Williams’ Job – A Masque for Dancing completes the night.

The IWSO is grateful to both the John Ireland Trust and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society for their support for the performance.

If you’d like to help spread the word, please download a poster, or click here to download a black-and-white flier.

Click to download a poster

Click to download a poster for the May concert

There are still some tickets available for the next concert by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, which takes place on Saturday March 12th. The concert at Medina Theatre features the return of the talented soprano Jane Streeton, who will be performing Strauss’ 4 Last Songs. Opening the concert will be a lesser known piece by the composer Josef Suk entitled Scherzo Fantastico – a fun, lively start to the evening. The second half of the performance will be Rachmaninov’s 3rd Symphony – considered by many to be his most expressively Russian symphony.

If you’d like to help spread the word, why not download and print out a poster or two – or a black and white flier?

Download a poster for the March concert

Download a poster for the March concert

Beat the winter blues with the IWSO

It may be dull outside, but the evening of the 23rd of January is set to be a lively one at Medina Theatre as the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra puts on another concert full of wonderful music.

Beginning with Richard Rodney Bennett’s Farnham Festival Overture, and following with Mendelssohn’s Nocture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream the orchestra set the scene for visiting soloist Richard Harwood to perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor.

After the interval Dvorák’s 6th Symphony provides the entertainment for the remainder of the evening.

The first two items of the concert will be conducted by Gareth Balch while the Concerto and the Symphony will be conducted by Major Tony Smallwood rtd (Royal Marines).

Click to download a copy of the January 2016 poster

Click to download a copy of the January 2016 poster

November’s programme now on-line

Due to high demand we actually ran out of printed programmes for last Saturday’s concert, so here’s a digital copy if you missed out!

Click to download a digital copy of the November 2015 Programme

Click to download a digital copy of the November 2015 Programme

2015-2016 tickets on sale now!

The players of the IWSO are already back in rehearsals for the first concert of the new 2015-2016 season, which will be held at Medina Theatre on Saturday the 14th of November at the usual time of 7.15pm.

Tickets are on sale now, for an un-missable evening’s music consisting of Walton’s Portsmouth Point overture, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (with returning favourite Alexander Sitkovetsky) and Mahler’s first Symphony, also known as “The Titan”.

For more details on the rest of the new season’s line-up, take a look at the full listing.