Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Society

Welcome to the ISWO 2023/2024 Season

The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra (IWSO) has been proud to present a regular programme of classical music, from its home venue at the Medina Theatre in Newport, for over 40 years. We are very much looking forward to another season of live performances in 2023/24, and we would like to thank our friends and followers once again for their continued support.

We launch our season in November as we welcome Aki Blendis, string finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition in 2022, and a very promising talent who will be playing the wonderfully lyrical Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, alongside Mahler’s Symphony No.1 in D ‘Titan’ and Brigg Fair by Delius.

In January we welcome back as guest conductor James Thomas, who made his memorable debut with the orchestra last year in a stunning performance of Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony. Cellist Finn Mannion, the youngest ever winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Julius Isserlis scholarship, will be playing Tchaikovsky’s charming Rococo Variations. Completing the programme will be some more Russian masterpieces, Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.1 in D minor and Borodin’s overture to Prince Igor. We also mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of England’s favourite composers, Gustav Holst, with a performance of A Somerset Rhapsody.

We welcome back our old friend Viv McLean in March to play Gershwin’s jazz–infused Piano Concerto in F. We will also present two shorter works, Franck’s Le Chasseut Maudit and Othello by Coleridge–Taylor. Finishing off the evening will be the merry prankster himself in Strauss’ Till Eulenspeigel.

May is marked by an Island premiere for Anthony Hedges’ work, Scenes from the Humber, alongside the dramatic Night on Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky. Talented Ukrainian clarinettist Dmytro Fonariuk will be playing two pieces, the breath-taking Introduction, Theme & Variations by Rossini alongside Weber’s Concertino in E flat. The concert concludes with Borodin’s Symphony No.2 in B minor.

We end our season with the traditional concert of more popular works including this year a return to Medina for local hero, pianist Thomas Luke, BBC Young Musician finalist in 2020 and winner of the Iris Dyer Piano Prize. Thomas will be performing Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto. We will also play Island–based composer Pam Wedgwood’s suite Three Card Trick alongside some favourites including Walton’s Orb and Sceptre, Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours and Copland’s ballet suite Billy the Kid.

New Season Programmes

The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming season will be filled, once again, with an exciting selection of wonderful music. The opening concert (Sunday 5th November) will feature Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No.1 in D ‘Titan’.

In January there is a chance to hear Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.1, believed lost but rediscovered many years later. March offers Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspeigel, that chronicles the misadventures of the eponymous prankster, and May features Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 in B minor.

Our season is rounded off in July with Copland’s effervescent ballet music Billy the Kid.

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