Playing together for the first time in a concert to celebrate the jubilee were the IW Youth Orchestra with the IW Youth Wind Band and the Youth Concert Band. Picture by Ashley Vaughan.
MUSIC A FANTASTIC Last Night of the Proms atmosphere provided a thrilling finale to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, staged at Cowes Yacht Haven last Friday, with an estimated £2,000 raised for good causes in the town.
The event, sponsored by the County Press, was held by Cowes Town Council and featured music from the IW Youth Orchestra, the IW Youth Wind Band and Youth Concert Band — the first time the three groups had played together.
Many solo Island singers also featured in the concert, with proceeds going to the IW Music Service, Friends of Cowes Library and Cowes Carnival.
Among the music was a selection from The Phantom of the Opera, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March, Walton’s Crown Imperial and a Puccini aria.
Among the guests at the event were the Lord Lieutenant of the Island, Maj Gen Martin White, the chairman of the IW Council, Cllr Susan Scoccia, and the Island’s High Sheriff, Nick Hayward.
Ice cream makers and supporters of the arts, Gloria and Eddie Minghella, were at the show. They supplied ice creams to help swell fundraising efforts.
Event organiser, Cllr Roger Mazillius, said: "It was absolutely brilliant. It was a fantastic success."