About Us

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.

Dennis Wickens succeeded him in the Adviser role and also as Isle of Wight Cantata Choir’s Conductor from 1967 to 1976.

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

Rachel Tweddle has been our Musical Director, since 1998.

Our Musical Director

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

Rachel was educated on the Island and later 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 participated in both orchestral and choral sides of musical life; being involved with church and chamber choirs.

After five years on the Channel Island, Rachel went on to fulfil a similar teaching position in Bromley, Kent.

Since returning to the Isle of Wight, she has been absorbed with both choirs and orchestras – teaching all ages and musical styles.

Currently, Rachel is Director of Music at Ryde School with Upper Chine.

Additionally, Rachel sings with female vocal trio ‘Trinity’ and local folk band ‘Slainte Va’.  She is also lead clarinettist with the Island Concert Band.

Rachel Tweddle

Our Accompanist

Richard Wilkins is our rehearsal and concert accompanist, since 1996.

Born in Willenhall in the West Midlands, Richard began piano lessons aged eight.  During his late teenage years, he was already accompanying school choirs and local Operatic and Choral groups.

Following his studies at Nottingham University and the Guildhall School of Music, Richard entered into a varied life of music-making, encompassing many genres; Opera and music theatre, teaching and coaching, singing and accompanying, composing and conducting.

Richard joined Isle of Wight Cantata Choir as rehearsal accompanist in 1996 and has sung or played with them in concerts regularly. 

The choir has played a significant part in encouraging and developing his skills, and he has even been moved to compose for them on occasion!

Additionally, Richard is Musical Director of the Tritone Singers, since 1999. He also plays keyboard as part of the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra.

Rachel Tweddle

Who’s Who

The success of the choir and its ability to perform live concerts depends on the dedication, energy and enthusiasm of its musical leaders, elected committee, volunteers and supporters.

PRESIDENT

Douglas Potts

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Rachel Tweddle

PIANO ACCOMPANIST

Richard Wilkins

CHAIRMAN

Geoff Kirk

TREASURER

 Caroline

SECRETARY

Angela

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

Judith

LIBRARIAN

Julie

SOPRANO SECTION LEADER

 Lori

ALTO SECTION LEADER

Ann

TENOR SECTION LEADER

Richard

BASS SECTION LEADER

Chris

MAKING MUSIC REPRESENTATIVE

Ann

SPONSORSHIP LEAD

Chris

FRIENDS OF THE CHOIR LIAISON

Ann

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

Julie

STAGE MANAGER

Judith

CONCERT MANAGEMENT

Various

Sound Recordings

Rehearsal for our 23rd October 2021 Concert 

Gabriel Fauré

Requiem: Introit – Kyrie

Requiem: Sanctus

Requiem: Libera me

Cantique de Jean Racine

Acknowledgements

The choir is grateful to all who provide assistance and support to ensure that rehearsals and concerts are a success, including:

ORCHESTRA LIAISON: Denise Marsh

PIANO TUNER & TECHNICIAN: Andrew Day

PHOTOGRAPHY: Allan Marsh and Rosalind Whistance

SOUND RECORDING: John Waterman