Leader: Tom Field


Conductor: Maurice Powell


Patron: Charles Guard

Kathleen Rydings
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Books written by Maurice Powell our Musical Director

Encore! The Story of the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra


234 pages. 38 illustrations.

Available from the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra contact@iomso.co.uk , at our symphony concerts, selected bookshops and directly from the author (tel: 426939, email jommelli@manx.net). Price £15.00


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A Very Gifted Manx Lady : The Life of Kathleen Rydings


Available from the House of Mannanan, Peel; Lexicon, Douglas; St Paul’s Bookshop, Ramsey; The Bridge Bookshop, Port Erin; Laxey Woollen Mill or from the author at jommelli@manx.net.


“.....this book is as deserving as its subject and….uses exhaustive research to illuminate the background to the Isle of Man’s present day professional status. It will be keenly read both on the Island and abroad….”

The Light Music Society Magazine


“Maurice Powell ….. Writes sensitively about an essentially shy and retiring woman, who eschewed a career as a concert violinist, and as such deserves to be honoured as a stalwart of the Island’s musical life.” Manx Tails.



This little book has most value as a record of social history as it concerns music in a provincial backwater . . . and how concerts were organised in a relatively small community”. The Strad.




A third book, about the life and career on the Isle of Man of Harry Wood, Manxland’s ‘King of Music’ is envisaged for 2016


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Encore!