Outdoor Proms Festival 17-19/8

The Wight Proms – A brand-new annual festival of open-air picnic concerts celebrating the Isle of Wight’s music, food, people & red squirrels will launch this August.
 There has not been a music festival like this on the IOW for some time, catering to lovers of both classical music and musical theatre.
 The 3-day festival will take place on 17-19 August in the grounds of Northwood House, Cowes as well as inside the grade II* listed Georgian manor house.
 Tickets will go on sale in February and are expected to sell out fast, so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
 Picnic hampers containing delicious IOW produce will be available to pre-order when purchasing tickets.
 Full line-up of international headline artistes, islander-performers and various activities to be announced in February.
 The festival aims to bring the island community together as well as connect to the mainland through Southampton and beyond.

We are really excited to announce our association with local charity Independent Arts to launch The Wight Proms – a brand-new annual festival of open-air picnic concerts celebrating the Isle of Wight’s music, food, people & red squirrels.
This will involve a range of free workshops for people of all ages, from dancing, singing and musical theatre. As a result, we aim to increase awareness across the island of the incredible work that Independent Arts does for the local community.
Our chosen charity Independent Arts have offered to showcase their work with a series of free arts workshops alongside those already planned by The Wight Proms for members of the public to participate
in. The full line-up of workshops will be announced in March, and those interested can join the mailing list on our website to be the first to hear more details.
Our audiences will be able to donate to the charity when purchasing tickets for The Wight Proms

We’re delighted to announce the line-up of our free arts workshops for people of all ages, as part of The Wight Proms at Northwood House, Cowes. Taking place over two days, the workshops will give over 200 people fully-immersive involvement in the arts in ways that they would not otherwise ever experience. As a result, 60 children will perform as part of our show ‘Wight at the Musicals’ on the Saturday night. Those interested in being involved can apply now via our website:
www.wightproms.co.uk/workshops
Thursday 16 August – Musical Theatre Workshops
 Musical Theatre Workshop:12:00-15:00 (Ages 7-11)
 Musical Theatre Workshop: 16:00-19:00 (Ages 12-18)
The aim of this workshop is to inspire the next generation of budding young performers, by transporting them into the world of musical theatre. Those involved will learn a song (from a musical currently showing in London’s West End) during this workshop, which will involve singing and dancing. They will then perform the song at ‘Wight at the Musicals’ on 18th August as part of The Wight Proms.
Friday 17 August – Percussion & Drumming Workshops
 Boomwhackers & Bamboo Tamboo Workshop: 12:00 13:00 (Ages 6-11)
Have some noisy fun with these easy to play plastic tubes. Explore whole group composition, incorporating upbeat Caribbean rhythms that will get your hands & feet moving!
 STOMP-style Body Percussion Workshop: 14:00 15:00 (Ages 8-13)
Who knew you could make so many sounds just by hitting yourself! Following some fun rhythmic warms ups, this workshop will incorporate participants’ own ideas to create a brandnew body percussion routine!
 Samba Drumming Workshop: 15:15 16:15 (Ages 8-13)
Create the spirit of Rio on the Isle of Wight! Participants will have the opportunity to learn a number of fun, energetic rhythms on authentic Brazilian percussion instruments.
 STOMP-style Body Percussion Workshop: 16:30 17:30 (Ages 14+ including adults) Who knew you could make so many sounds just by hitting yourself! Following some fun rhythmic warms ups, this workshop will incorporate participants’ own ideas to create a brand new body percussion routine!
 Samba Drumming Workshop: 17:45 18:45 (Ages 14+ including adults)
Create the spirit of Rio on the Isle of Wight! Participants will have the opportunity to learn a number of fun, energetic rhythms on authentic Brazilian percussion instruments.

Saturday 18 August – ‘Wight at the Musicals’

We’re delighted to announce the headline performer line-up for our outdoor-picnic
concert ‘Wight at the Musicals’ as part of ‘The Wight Proms’ on Saturday 18th August
at Northwood House, Cowes:
 KERRY ELLIS – West End Leading Lady
◦ Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the ‘Leading Lady of Musical Theatre’ from her many
starring roles in the West End and on Broadway. She was the first British Elphaba in both the
West End and Broadway productions of Wicked which won her three awards. Her many other
leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! and Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium,
Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon, and Fantine in Les Misérables. Kerry also
originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You in the West End. She has also
achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut
album Anthems. And last year, she released her latest hit album on Sony Music, Golden Days,
with longtime friend and Queen guitarist Brian May, with whom she has recorded and toured
numerous times. Earlier this year, Kerry completed her first role in a straight play ‘The
Importance of being Earnest” playing Gwendolen Fairfax and has just embarked on her 20th
Anniversary Solo Tour.
◦ Website: kerryellis.com Twitter: twitter.com/kerryjaneellis Facebook: facebook.com/officialkerryellis
 EARL CARPENTER – West End & Broadway Phantom & Javert
◦ Earl Carpenter has played the title role in Phantom of the Opera in both the West End and
Broadway, and has played Inspector Javert in the West End, as well as on the 25th Anniversary
European Tour, then Toronto, Singapore, Manila and last but not least on Broadway. Other
theatre credits include Father in Ragtime, Morrison in Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress,
Khassoggi in We Will Rock You, the title role in Zorro, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden,
both the Beast and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Daryl van Horne in The Witches of
Eastwick, the title roles in Robin Prince of Sherwood and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour
Dreamcoat, Joe Gillis in the original UK tour of Sunset Boulevard and Peron in Evita
throughout Europe and the UK. He’s also a former resident of Ryde!
◦ Website: earlcarpenter.com Twitter: twitter.com/EarlCarpenter
 ANNA CHANCELLOR – BAFTA & Double Olivier Award Nominee
◦ Our host for the evening will be the BAFTA and double Olivier Award nominated actress who
most recently starred as the matriarch Rachel Argyll in BBC1’s Sunday night Agatha Christie
drama Ordeal by Innocence. She is most affectionally remembered as ‘Duckface’ in BAFTA
Award winning movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, and has also starred in numerous
blockbuster movies including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and St Trinian’s, and on the
small screen in Downton Abbey, The Hour and Netflix’ The Crown.
They will also be joined by other West End performers, to be announced. ‘Wight at the Musicals’ will
also see performances from our supporting acts from across the island, who will perform between gates
opening and the main concert starting, to be announced shortly

Sunday 19 August – ‘Last Wight of the Proms’
 The festival reaches its climax with our final open-air concert: A rousing celebration of British music and flag-waving, including Pomp & Circumstance, Jerusalem and many more
‘Early Bird’ tickets now on sale!
As of TODAY, tickets are now on sale for The Wight Proms! With ‘Early Bird’ tickets, people save £5 on most tickets, plus additional savings if they buy tickets for both of our open-air concerts. With a ‘Family of 4’ ticket they can save up to £25!
Open to the public
Northwood House will be open to the public whilst the workshops take place on the Thursday and Friday, so that you can come and take a peek at what we’re getting up to, plus you can visit our Proms Art & Sculpture Exhibition at the same time. The exhibition will showcase some of the island’s finest artists, and include the winners of our competitions to find new artists of all ages across the island and beyond. Our associated charity Independent Arts will have a presence throughout the festival, so you can find out more about the incredible work they do.
“Creativity is at the heart of our work on the Island, and Independent Arts is delighted to be involved in The Wight Proms which will bring
an exciting programme of music and the arts to our local community” www.independentarts.org.uk
Contact Information
 Press, Radio & TV: Matt – marketing@amickproductions.co.uk
 All other enquiries: Mike – info@wightproms.co.uk
Website – www.wightproms.co.uk
Twitter – www.twitter.com/WightProms
Facebook – www.facebook.com/WightProms
Instagram – www.instagram.com/WightProms

 

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