New Season Fast Approaching

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. Full details on the dates and music for the 2017/2018 season can be found on our Programmes page.

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 2016/17 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. Please note that if you book online for individual concerts, the Medina Theatre will charge you a booking fee of £1 per ticket.

Audience numbers were very good for the last season with all concerts sold out, so a season ticket is the best way of ensuring your seat.

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 (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.

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

Tim Isard (Chairman)chairman@iwso.info – 01983 400074

Download the Season Ticket reply slip.

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.

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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

Tickets are still available for the finale to the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the current season, so grab them while you can from Medina Theatre, either online via their website or by phone on 01983 823884 (box office opening hours are Mon-Fri 10am-2pm and Sat 10am-1pm).

Music for the summer evening will follow a theme of ‘Saturday Night is Music Night’ with a selection of popular items including Rimsky Korsakov’s Capricio Espagnole, Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 1. The concert will also feature the world premiere of ‘Farthing Down’ an entirely new work by local composer Ian Stuart Lynn.

If you’d like to help spread the word for what will be a great evening’s entertainment, why not click here to download a poster or click here to download a black-and-white flier?

Click to download a poster for the season finale concertIsle of Wight Symphony Orchestra July 2016 concert poster

Click to download a poster for the season finale concert

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.

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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