The Wight Proms is back, and even bigger and better than last year!

from Wight Proms

  • ALAN DAVIES & SHAPPI KHORSANDI – Comedy Legends
  • RUTHIE HENSHALL – Leading Lady of West End & Broadway
  • LESLEY GARRETT – Britain’s Most Cherished Soprano

They will also be joined by West End stars (Saturday), the Wight Proms Concert Orchestra (Sunday) and island Support Acts including Company B-UK, Theatretrain, The Rockafellas and Winners of the IOW Music, Dance & Drama Festival.

The 4-day festival has quickly established itself as one of the ‘must-do’ events on the island, which returns on 29th August to 1st September 2019, in the grounds of the Grade II* listed Georgian Northwood House, in Cowes.

Following the popular format of last year’s festival, the Wight Proms are proud to announce ‘A Wight Laugh’ on the Friday night starring comedy legends Alan Davies and Shappi Khorsandi, ‘Wight at the Musicals’ on the Saturday night, starring the magnificent West End & Broadway star Ruthie Henshall, and ‘Last Wight of the Proms’ on the Sunday, starring the incredible Lesley Garrett CBE alongside the Wight Proms Concert Orchestra. Festival Founder Mike Christie commented “Last year’s headliners received such high plaudits so we knew we had set the bar very high. We’ve been working hard to enhance the offering from last year and are delighted to announce these internationally-renowned acts; together with another great line-up of local talent, including Company B-UK, The Rockafellas, Theatretrain and the winners from the IOW Music, Dance & Drama Festival.”

In an effort to offer even more to the island community, organisers have added two new events to this year’s Wight Proms: ‘Wight at the Movies’ and ‘Peter & the Wolf’. The outdoor cinema will be held on the Thursday, screening two classics: The Greatest Showman and Dirty Dancing, which have already generated huge interest on social media, before tickets are even on sale. Peter & the Wolf is on the Saturday afternoon and is a perennial favourite by Sergei Prokofiev, which helps children to enjoy the experience of going to a concert by making it fun and entertaining. Christie added, “We had a fantastic few days last year, with a packed schedule, however it was always the aim to offer the community as much variety as possible over the four days, and to build and develop the festival each year. We will also have a bigger and better choice of food stalls this year from across the island.”

Since the huge

success of the inaugural ‘Wight Proms’ in 2018, festival organisers have been working hard to

bring yet another all-star line-up to the Isle of Wight, when the festival returns in August later this

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The Isle of Wight has a wealth of musical talent, amazing food, a strong sense of community and is one of the few places in the UK where you can still see the native Red Squirrel; the Wight Proms festival celebrates all of this. Wight Proms founder, Mike Christie commented “There is nothing on the island like our festival, and we’re so proud to be bringing it back in its second year and are anticipating a full sell-out like last year.”

Thursday 29 August 2019

• ‘Wight at the Movies’ – The Greatest Showman (PG) & Dirty Dancing (cert.15)

Friday 30 August 2019

• ‘A Wight Laugh’ – Starring Alan Davies & Shappi Khorsandi

Saturday 31 August 2019

• ‘Peter & the Wolf’ – Family Classical Concert

• ‘Wight at the Musicals’ – Starring Ruthie Henshall with West End stars & Live Band

Sunday 1 September 2019

• ‘Last Wight of the Proms’ – Starring Lesley Garrett & Wight Proms Concert Orchestra

What is ‘The Wight Proms’?

 The annual open-air festival at Northwood House in Cowes which launched last year, celebrating comedy, musical theatre and classical music, and featuring red squirrels and free arts workshops

 The 4-day festival will take place on 29 August-1 September in the grounds of Northwood House, the grade II* listed Georgian manor house

 There has never before been a music festival like this on the IOW, catering to lovers of both classical music and musical theatre, as well as comedy

 We’re delighted to be offering an exciting line-up of Free Arts Workshops for all ages. This will give hundreds of people fully-immersive involvement in the arts in ways that they would not otherwise ever experience. Through these workshops, 60 children will perform as part of our show ‘Wight at the Musicals’ on the Saturday night, plus we will be running drumming & percussion workshops (STOMP- style, samba and bamboo tamboo) and introducing comedy workshops to the Wight Proms for the first time!

 New additions to this year’s festival include ‘Wight at the Movies’ showing The Greatest Showman and Dirty Dancing, plus comedy workshops for children

Tickets on sale 10am on 1st April 2019: www.wightproms.co.uk or 01983 213622

Some testimonials from the Wight Proms audience last year

• “Wight Proms was such a great event. We visited all three nights, which were quite different, and enjoyed each of them enormously. Looking forward to getting a bigger group of people together for next year’s event. Brilliant! Well done!” David Linton

• “Yesterday was a wonderful day out…we all had such a lovely time…Next summer we shall be attending each concert.” Julie Bell

• “Just wanted to say how absolutely fabulous the weekend at the Wight Proms was – to have such extraordinary talent up-close and in Cowes was beyond belief. Non-stop seamless musical magic, and really family friendly (my son also loved the giant Connect 4 game at the back!)” Ali Wheeler