Performing major choral works for over 60 years

The Isle of Wight Cantata Choir was founded in 1956, originally as The Isle of Wight Cantata Club, by Andrew Pusey, the County Music Adviser.

Denis Wickens succeeded him in the Adviser role and also as the choir’s Musical Director.

In 1977, following in both roles, Douglas Potts took the choir from strength to strength over a period of 21 years.

Our current Musical Director, since March 1998, is Rachel Tweddle.

Rachel was educated on the Isle of Wight and studied clarinet, piano and singing on a scholarship at Trinity College of Music, London.

She subsequently took up a teaching position as a clarinet specialist, with the Schools Music Service, in Guernsey and throughout her time on the Channel Island she participated in both orchestral and choral sides of musical life, being involved with church and chamber choirs.

Rachel took up a similar teaching position in Bromley, Kent, five years later, before returning to the Isle of Wight.

Ever since, she has been absorbed with both choirs and orchestras – teaching young and young at heart, alike.

Currently, Rachel is the Head of Academic Music and Choir Director at Ryde School with Upper Chine.

Additionally, she is part of the female vocal trio ‘Trinity’, a guest vocalist of local folk band ‘Slainte Va’, and clarinettist and chairman of the Island Concert Band.

Who’s who

DOUGLAS POTTSPresident
RACHEL TWEDDLEMusical Director
RICHARD WILKINSRehearsal Accompanist
HEATHER BENTLEYChair
GEOFF KIRKTreasurer
JUDITH GOODHINDMembership Secretary
ALICE THORPSecretary
TINA LUCASLibrarian
ANN HUNTLEYAlto Section Leader
LOUISE RANDALLSoprano Section Leader
JOHN ATHEYTenor Section Leader
CHRISTOPHER KERSHAW Bass Section Leader
TBCMaking Music Rep.