Leader :: Tom Field    Conductor :: Maurice Powell  Patron:: Charles Guard

The IOM Symphony orchestra was delighted to take part in this collaboration with the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra for the Island of Culture festival. The concert was not to be missed and was a rare event in the island’s recent cultural history.

There were strong Manx musical connections in the first half and in the second a masterpiece of English music that we believe had never been performed here, and certainly not in it’s entirety. So wonderful to be able to play music we couldn’t have attempted on our own!

Along with the well-known planets Suite by Holst we were privileged to be able to feature two world premieres by Manx composers - JE Quayles Fantasy-Overture and Charles Guard’s Song of the Southern Hills, which was particularly well-received.

The Concert was rounded off with the very emotionally charged encore, Nimrod- Elgar, which didn’t fail to bring a tear to the eye.

All in all it was a brilliant weekend. Enormous thanks must go to the two secretaries, Paula Wadsworth and Chris Woodhead for all their hard work in making the project such a great success.

Grateful thanks also go to Island of Culture 2014, without whose support the concert could not have happened.

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The IOM Symphony Orchestra and Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra joined forces to present

Holst- The Planets


Maurice Powell and Benjamin Ellin

Royal Hall, Villa Marina

17th May 2014


The Manx National Anthem

arr. Geoff Nicks

A Manx Rhapsody

Haydn Wood

Poco maestoso - Allegro moderato - Andantino - Allegro moderato

Ragnarok’ op.98

Arthur Butterworth

Song of the Southern Hills’

Charles Guard

Fantasy- Overure’ On Maughold Head’

J E Quayle

Andante un poco lento- Allegro ma non tanto

The Planets, Suite for large Orchestra, op. 32

Gustav Holst

Mars , the bringer of War

Venus, the bringer of Peace

Mercury, the Winged Messenger

Jupiter, the bringer of Jollity

Saturn, the bringer of Old Age

Uranus, the Magician

Neptune, the Mystic