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Timothy Ridout

Tickets are now on sale for the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the season at Medina Theatre on 16th November.

The concert, which starts at 19:15, will open with the ever-popular Karelia Suite by Sibelius. The Orchestra will then welcome a young soloist for a rare performance of the Viola Concerto by Cecil Forsyth. The work, first performed in 1903, was a regularly heard at the Promenade concerts conducted by Sir Henry Wood. It was very popular in its day, but now is sadly neglected.

The IWSO have been very lucky to secure the services of up and coming viola star Timothy Ridout. Timothy was the winner of the very prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016 and is now in great demand both in this country and abroad. He gave a recital at the WWAA concerts a couple of years ago and will return there again this season.

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After the interval, the orchestra will perform the first symphony by William Walton. It was first performed in its entirety in 1935 (although three movements had been premiered in 1934) and was immediately met with great acclaim.

Ticket prices have been kept the same as last season (Adults £15 Under 18’s £6) and are available from the Medina Theatre Box Office on 01983 823884 or online at the orchestra and theatre websites – or


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