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.

Brighten up January with the IWSO

January 24th 2015 IWSO Concert Poster

Click to download a PDF of the poster

The first IWSO concert in 2015 will be taking place at Medina Theatre, Newport on Saturday the 24th of January at 7.15pm. Vaughan Williams’ overture from “The Wasps” begins the evening with the York Bowen Viola Concerto, performed by Lorena Canto Wolteche taking us up to the interval in style. The second half’s music comes courtesy of Edward Elgar’s Second Symphony.

Please download and distribute the poster to help publicise this wonderful evening’s music!

Due to unforeseen circumstances the date for the July 2015 concert has been changed, from Saturday the 4th of July to Friday the 3rd. It will still take place at Medina Theatre, Newport, at 7.45pm*.

Ticket prices for the new season have remained the same as last year, with one change – the discounted price of £6 per ticket is now available to anyone under the age of 18.

*This post originally had an incorrect start time of 7.15pm

Help publicise the new season

Download and print off a poster to help spread the word!

Download and print off a poster to help spread the word!

If you’d like to help spread the word about the first concert in the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra’s new season – which features the return of popular violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky playing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, please download and distribute the attached poster or flier.

The first concert is on Saturday November 15th, at Medina Theatre at 7.15pm, and alongside the Sibelius Violin Concerto, also includes Gounod’s Mireille Overture and Rachminov’s Symphony No. 2.

Click here to download a black-and-white  flier, or click on the poster image to download a PDF of the full psoter.

New Season

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. The dates and programmes for next season are now available on this site.

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 say that we are keeping ticket prices the same, so a full price ticket from the box office will be £14 for an adult, but with a season ticket it works out at £12.50 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.

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

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Isard
IWSOS Chairman

Download the Season Ticket Form

Download the IWSO 2014-2015 Season Brochure

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