Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra

The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra perform every two months through the season between November – July.

Members of the orchestra are Islander, most of which have other jobs, that devote considerable amounts of their own time to a rigorous regime of rehearsals. They are joined at each performance by a guest soloist, from the global array of specialist performers.

OnTheWight: Proud supporters
OnTheWight has been an active supporter of the IWSO since 2010, over which time the audience for the performances has grown considerably. We take great pride in helping more Islanders experience the glory of a full orchestra, playing live on our Island.

Below are some of the event features and reviews of Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concerts.

Government announce £1.57bn rescue package for The Arts (updated)

audience of ventnor exchange theatre 2018

Isle of Wight museums, theatres, live music venues, and those who work in those sectors, will be breathing a sigh of relief as a £1.57bn rescue package is announced

Monday, 6th July, 2020 6:57am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight concert cancelled due to Covid-19

IWSO July 2015 Concert by Allan Marsh

If you are looking for a refund, please be patient with staff as they don't have access to the theatre at the moment

Tuesday, 26th May, 2020 1:22pm

By Tim Isard

Jonathan Dodd’s Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Review: From Russia With Love

March IWSO Concert by Allan Marsh

The next Symphony Orchestra concert is cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but you can read how last weekend's enthralled the audience

Sunday, 22nd March, 2020 10:57am

By Jonathan Dodd

Symphony Orchestra brings Russia to the Isle of Wight

Viv the pianist

The Bohemian Caprice by Rachmaninov, pianist Viv Mclean performing first Piano Concerto by Tchaikovsky and Symphony No.1 by Balikirev all feature at the next concert

Tuesday, 25th February, 2020 4:20pm

By Sally Perry

Watch: Isle of Wight woman woken from brain surgery and asked to play violin while tumour removed

dagmar turner playing the violin during brain surgery

Dagmar was brought round from the general anaesthetic and asked to play the violin, so the neurosurgeon could remove the tumour without affecting the Islander's violin-playing brain function

Tuesday, 18th February, 2020 8:05am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Review: Hot Firebird

January 2020 Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert

Find out why last weekend's Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert was Jonathan Dodd's most enjoyable since he first started reviewing them in 2013

Friday, 24th January, 2020 5:12pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Review: Sweet Karelia

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra - November 2019 by Allan Marsh

Jonathan Dodd shares his review of the first Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert of the season. Allan Marsh shares a great set of photos of the event

Sunday, 24th November, 2019 10:02am

By Jonathan Dodd

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra finds new home for rehearsals

IWSO at ryde academy

The new rehearsal space is much roomier than the previous hall they squeezed into. Book now for first concert in November.

Wednesday, 11th September, 2019 10:33am

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss new Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra season

Timothy Ridout

Last season all the concerts sold out and tickets are already selling well for this concert!

Friday, 6th September, 2019 1:24pm

By Tim Isard

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Review: Operatic Offerings

The conductor

Jonathan shares his review of the final Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert of the season and gives us a sneaky peek of what's coming up next.

Thursday, 11th July, 2019 4:55pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Book now for classical concert featuring wide-ranging programme from 18th century baroque to 20th century film scores

james and siobhan

The concert will feature a wide-ranging selection the musicians hope will appeal to everyone, with 18th century baroque music, American jazz and classical White House favourite Earl Wild, and film composer Richard Rodney Bennett.

Monday, 10th June, 2019 5:18pm

By Peter Gruner

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Review: Prokofiev Tempestoso

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra

Read Jonathan’s review of the penultimate Isle of Wight symphony Orchestra concert of the season.

Friday, 31st May, 2019 5:59pm

By Jonathan Dodd