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Area: Isle of Wight

'Our aim is to promote jazz on the Isle of Wight. Members of the committee will not receive any financial reward. Inspected accounts will be available on request. The committee will cover the cost of the main venues and headline acts. This will be funded by sponsorship, ticket sales and other fund-raising activities. Any subsequent profits will go towards funding future events. We will encourage other performances during the period. However, we will not act as agents. It will be the responsibility of the performers and venues to negotiate between themselves.' Held Early June.

 

Category Jazz Festivals

'Aims to cater for those young people who seek opportunities for music making in their leisure time in addition to those provided at school ... It is the policy of the Music Centre that the members are given as wide an experience of music making as possible – there are Wind Bands, Brass Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, String groups, keyboard classes and recorder ensembles who all undertake regular performances ... Other activities are held which may include social events, chamber music weekends, recordings (involving extra sessions) and concert tours abroad for the senior groups are arranged from time to time. Visitors are always welcome on Saturdays – do join us for a cup of coffee. We look forward to seeing you at all our events and concerts.'

 

'Established to advance, promote and encourage generally, and by means of the Competition Festival Movement in particular, the study and practice of the arts of Music, Dancing, Elocution, Literature and Acting in all their branches. The IWMDDF provides a platform for amateur performance combined with an educational element from professional musicians, dancers and speakers. The competition is run over three weeks every March with around 400 classes attracting around 2000 entries.'

 

'Offers a season of eight professional chamber music concerts from September to April. The Association was formed in 1947 under the aegis of the Arts Council ... It attracts outstanding chamber music ensembles, string quartets, singers and concert pianists, many of them young professionals who have taken part in the final auditions of the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) at the Wigmore Hall. WWAA provides a Bursary every two years, open to music students between the ages of 11 and 21 and living on the Island. Awards are made to help with the purchase of musical instruments, cost of lessons or travel.'

 

Setup in 1979 on the Isle of Wight: ‘Had its origins as the School Choral Society for Bembridge School (a boarding school at that time) ... The choir is currently around 40 strong and generally performs 3 concerts per year and a break being taken for the summer holidays. The choir welcomes singers of all abilities - all you need is an enjoyment of singing and a commitment to attend rehearsals’.

 

Category Community Choirs

‘Based on the beautiful Isle of Wight ... It was started from scratch in February 2010 and, after just few rehearsals, delivered a first performance the following month. Although we are a non-professional choir, we aspire to perform beautiful pieces to the highest standards. Our repertoire includes music from Western Art to contemporary choral music.‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs

‘We are a Community Samba Percussion Band, based in Freshwater and Totland, Isle of Wight ... We are a band with between fifteen and twenty five performers, playing (loud) lively percussion tunes with a Samba influence ... Started up in 2004 as West Wight Samba and became FaT Samba (Freshwater & Totland) in 2005. We are an offshoot from the Island's 1st Samba Band RAW Samba. (Ryde Art Works).’

 

'Formed in 1956 as the Isle of Wight Cantata Club by Andrew Pusey, the County Music Organiser ... Concerts mainly take place in the Medina Theatre, Newport ... A sheer delight for the ears and eyes: 100 strong choir, an orchestra and top professional soloists, performing great works of classical music. All this without leaving the Island and performed by the Isle of Wight Cantata Choir.'

Category Choral Societies

Formed 1983: ‘Over the years the Orchestra has given well over 100 subscription concerts, mostly at its Medina Theatre home as well as other venues across the Island and in nearby Portsmouth ... The Orchestra has won many plaudits for its imaginative and at times challenging programming delivered to consistently high performance standards and has been delighted to welcome as soloists many top class artistes ... Within the orchestra there are other smaller groups who often play around the Island. These include a string quartet and wind group ... All monies raised by these groups is put back into the Orchestra’s funds’.

'One of the leading choirs on the Isle of Wight. Choir members are expected to aspire to high choral standards and should have good singing and reading skills. Admission to the choir is by audition.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

Founded 1975: ‘A small chamber choir of 26 people, male and female ... They perform music mainly from a classical repertoire. They sometimes sing with a small orchestra but tend to sing a cappella. They sing living composers' work and like to concentrate on less well known work of the popular historic composers as well. They do three concerts a year, at Christmas, in Spring and in Summer, all on the Isle of Wight’.

Category Chamber Choirs

‘The Isle of Wight's premier male Barbershop Singing Chorus, consisting of approximately 40 men, all of whom, unsurprisingly, live on the beautiful Isle of Wight ... Our aim is to entertain our audiences and we perform across the island at weddings, funerals, anniversaries, local festivals, charity concerts and other fund raising events, performing in various Island hotels, pubs, churches and church halls, theatres and concert halls, town streets and squares, and retail stores.’

 

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