September Update: Progressing Efforts For A Return to Rehearsals

Our Musical Director, Chairman and Committee have reviewed the recently published guidelines, which allow the potential for our choir to return to some form of collective singing.

We are now assessing the numerous practical details and progressing our efforts towards enabling a safe return to rehearsals.

We are in the early stages of the preparation process. Guidelines may change. The practicalities may not be feasible…

However, if all the necessary safety measures are able to be put in place, our hope is that rehearsals may restart c. end September/beginning October 2020.

Thank you for your continued enthusiasm for choral singing and commitment to Isle of Wight Cantata Choir.

Sad Announcement: Passing of Dennis Wickens – Past Choir Conductor

It is with great sadness that we report the recent death of Dennis Wickens, aged 94 years.

Although recently residing in Oxfordshire, he was previously the Isle of Wight’s County Music Adviser, and also Conductor of Isle of Wight Cantata Choir from 1967 to 1976.

Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends.

August Update: Awaiting Guidance For Amateur Choirs

Although the choir is currently on Summer Break (Jul-Sep), our Musical Director, Chairman & Committee continue to closely follow the various public discussions regarding the current concerns of group singing – specifically for non-professional choirs, as we are.

We will continue to keep up to date and assess any potential for our choir to return to some form of collective singing together, whenever it may be deemed feasible.

Choral groups with fewer members may be able to return to singing together much sooner than is possible for our choir.

If and when any future guidance is announced/published – please bear with us, as we consider the detail of the guidelines, review the potential of the various options and assess how they may be realistic and feasible for us.

As soon as there is any further development indicating a return to rehearsals:

  • Members will receive an email Newsletter
  • Our website ‘Rehearsals’ tab will be updated
  • We will cascade information via our Facebook and Twitter accounts

Reschedule of Postponed March 2020 Concert

Unfortunately, and with sadness, our 28th March 2020 concert had to be cancelled 12 days before it was due to take place.

However, we were keen that the concert’s Programme of Music was only to be postponed, until a future date.

We are now able to confirm that our Spring 2021 Concert is scheduled for: 7.30pm Saturday 17th April 2021.

….with the Programme of Music to be that of the planned 28th March 2020 Concert.

With positive anticipation, we look forward to performing this wonderful music.

Cancellation of 28th March 2020 Concert

It is with great sadness, that our much anticipated 28th March concert, is now cancelled.

We do hope and aim to reschedule the concert’s programme of music: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana & Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque & The Seal Lullaby, to a future date.

Thank you to everyone, for your continued support of our Isle of Wight Cantata Choir.

(Ticket refunds are available from: the Theatre Administrator, Medina Theatre, Fairlee Road, Newport PO30 2EW or  Tel: 01983 823880 / 01983 823884)