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.

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.

(Almost) US Independence Day Concert

Tickets are already selling fast for the last concert in the IWSO’s current season, which is themed around the United States of America’s Independence Day. Please note, that due to circumstances beyond the Orchestra’s control, the concert is actually on Friday the 3rd of July, and at a later start time of 7.45pm.

Music will include Bernstein’s Candide Overture, two pieces by Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue and Variation on I Got Rhythm), as well as music by Copland, John Williams, Sousa and Ferde Grofe. The orchestra will be joined by returning soloist Viv McLean on piano.

If you’d like to help publicise the performance (of what will be a lively and entertaining evening’s music), please download and distribute either a flier or a poster from this site.

Click to download a PDF poster

Click to download a PDF poster



The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that the next concert, on Saturday the 16th of May will be sponsored by Esplanade Garage.

There will be a German theme to the evening’s music, from Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger through to Brahms’ second Symphony. Along the way there will be music from Schubert’s Rosamunde Ballet and Mahler’s Songs of the Wayfarer. The IWSO is delighted to welcome back mezzo-soprano Megan Quick to perform with the orchestra.

Tickets are still available from Medina Theatre box office on 01983 823884 (or online via their website). If you would like to help spread the word about what will be a great evening’s music, why not download and distribute a poster or two? Alternatively there is a flier available for download too.

Download and print out a poster for the May concert

Download and print out a poster for the May concert