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 May-time Music

On the Saturday 20th of May the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra will be proud to welcome Miriam Nerval, former Island resident and rising star in the international music scene. Miriam will be performing not one, but two recorder concertos with the Orchestra – the Recorder Concerto in C Major by Vivaldi and Bedford’s Recorder Concerto.

In addition to the two concertos the Orchestra will be performing Marquez’s Danzón 2 (made famous by  the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela) and Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony.

Tickets are available now from Medina Theatre, both online and via the box-office (telephone 01983 823884). Online bookings incur a booking fee of £1 per ticket.

Click to download a poster for the next concert

Music for springtime

On March the 18th the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra will be providing another great evening’s entertainment at Medina Theatre, Newport.

Music for evening will come courtesy of Poulenc (“Les Biches”), Ravel (Piano Concerto in G Major), Saint-Saëns (Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah) and Franck (Symphony on D minor).

Making a welcome return to the Island to perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto will be Viv McLean.

Tickets are still available from Medina Theatre via telephone on 01983 823884 or online via http://www.medinatheatre.co.uk. Please note that online bookings incur a booking fee of £1.

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, March 2017 Concert Poster

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Winter warmer

On Saturday the 21st of January why not spend an evening in the company of the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, for an evening’s music that is sure to entertain?

Guest conductor Rupert Bond returns to the Island, starting the concert off with Parry’s Elegy to Brahms. Brahms own Violin Concerto in D Major (op. 77) follows, with soloist Joo Yeon Sir making her debut with the IWSO. The second half of the evening’s entertainment is provided by Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade, – let yourself be transported to far away, warmer lands (whatever the weather is doing outside)!

IWSO January 2017 Concert Poster

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While it doesn’t seem a moment since July, the first concert of the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra’s 2016/2017 season is fast approaching. Some tickets are still available for purchase from Medina Theatre, and if you’d like to help spread the word about the evening’s programme why not download a poster or flier?poster

Bush’s Yorick Overture gets the new season off to a good start, with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto following on. Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage” overture and the ever-popular Enigma Variations from Elgar round out what will undoubtably be a great evening of music.

Making their first appearance with the IWSO will be the Stankov Ensemble; originally from Bulgaria, since settling in the UK, they have performed individually and together to great critical acclaim at all the major chamber music venues in London including the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St-Martin-in-The-Fields, King’s Place and the Purcell Room, as well as at the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Glasgow Concert Hall, St. George’s Hall, and De Montfort Hall, to name a few.

Once again we find ourselves at the end of another concert season, I hope you have enjoyed the concerts?

A big thank you to those of you who have been season ticket holders and I hope you will consider being a season ticket holder again for next season. Dates and programmes for the new season are now online.

For those of you who are not season ticket holders, but think you might be interested in becoming one, then we do have some spaces.

I am pleased to announce that ticket prices are being kept the same as for the 2015/16 season, so that the box office price will be £14.50 and the season ticket price £13 per concert. Season ticket holders also get a saving on their programme (normal cost £1.50, season ticket holders £1).

This means that season ticket holders will benefit by £2 per concert as well as knowing they have their chosen seat reserved for the whole season. It is worth noting that as from January 2017 there will be an even greater saving due to the fact the Medina Theatre are introducing a booking fee of £1 per ticket booked via the box office. This booking fee will not apply to season tickets.

If you would like to renew your season ticket then I would ask you to download and complete the attached form and return it to me by post (with a S.A.E.). For new season ticket holders it is probably best if you contact me either by phone or email so that I can tell you which seats are available.

Please note that due to poor attendance last year, we are not holding the cheese and wine evening this year.

Tim Isard