Christmas 2017 Begins!

This weekend the Choir will be singing at their first event of the Christmas 2017 season. It’s always a busy month, and even though we’ve been practising since the balmy days of September, it’s great to show off our Christmas repertoire to lovely audiences. Your first chance to hear us and get into the Christmas spirit is at Cowes Baptist Church’s German Market. We’re singing there on Sunday afternoon between 12pm and 1:30pm. The event is on all weekend, and they have got some super local producers and vendors, along with gluhwein to warm you up. More info on their Facebook page.

It’s also a special gig for us because the Baptist Church is where we have our Monday rehearsals, so it’s great to support their events and give performances there.

We look forward to seeing you there!

MP3 files for Christmas 2017

The plan for our next concert is to create several MP3 versions of the notes to sing-along to. This post will have the links added to it as new songs are uploaded. The pages for these files are only available to Choir Members.

The songs available are:

Royal MP3 files

The plan for our next concert is to create several MP3 versions of the notes to sing-along to. This post will have the links added to it as new songs are uploaded. The pages for these files are only available to Choir Members.

The songs available are:

If you have any questions, then contact Kieron.

Crazy Christmas

As usual the Choir has a packed Christmas schedule. We’re all over the Island this season (even the mainland!), so be sure to come out and hear us sing. Our main gig should be the best Christmas concert you’ve ever heard!

Monday 5th – singing carols with the Salvation Army Band in Man in the Moon, Newport 7-9pm
Saturday 10th – concert at All Saints, Ryde, in the evening, 7:30pm (tickets £5 on the door)
Friday 16th – at Gunwharf Quays 6-7pm
Sunday 18th – concert at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic church, Pyle Street, Newport, 2:30pm
Monday 19th – evening singalong at the Duke of York, Cowes
Christmas Eve – a private performance in a hotel in Sandown

Christmas 2016 MP3 files

For members of the Choir, rehearsal MP3 files are available to download on the website. You’ll need to know the member password to access them. The songs available are:


Summer is Over

This week was the first rehearsal for our Christmas season, singing carols in a warm September’s evening. It marks the end of our summer ‘off’, although a summer break for this Choir has not happened for many years. This summer we’ve had two weddings, a recital to feature in, and given the only performance at the cancelled Classic Isle event. That’s meant rehearsals have continued through the holidays. Next summer will be as busy, with the next tour to France in the planning for 2017.

So a big welcome to our new members, and here’s to a great Christmas 2016 season.

Jezza K has Left the Building

The Choir put on another superb show, with fantastic assistance from the Red Tie Theatre Company, last night (even if we say so ourselves). We had great fun singing a real mix of songs, from The Jacksons to Hozier, via The Beautiful South and Madonna. There were plenty of laughs at the awkward social observations of the Jezza K participants. Curious to find out what happened? Maybe there will be a chance to get your own copy soon.

Choir at Jezza K concert

Yikes, it’s Jezza K!

It’s just over a week to our summer concert – Jezza K the Musical. It’s another mix of comedy and fantastic songs. Tickets are available from Medina Theatre and, as is usual for the Choir, are very reasonably priced for an evening of entertainment.


Just in from Russell Watson!

“A National Treasure!” – Ken Bruce, BBC Radio 2

Medina Community Choir will be performing Songs From The Heart with Russell Watson at
Shanklin Theatre on Monday 18th July 2016

2015 was a phenomenal year for Russell Watson, with a sell-out UK tour, special guest performances at

US National Memorial Day in Washington DC singing live to 350,000 people, the Caracalla Unicef Concert in Rome and BBC Proms In the Park – a staggering total of 92 live performances!

Russell’s career to date has seen some incredible achievements; his debut album ‘The Voice’ held simultaneous number 1 slots in the US and UK (a world first), spending a record breaking 52 weeks at number 1 in the UK. Russell has sold in excess of 7 million albums and won 4 Classical BRITS.

This year Russell will be recording a brand new album at Ennio Morricone’s studio in Rome. The album will include several original pieces co-written by Russell himself, and he will be joined by an impressive line-up of supporting musicians. Together with the magnificent orchestras of The Vatican and La Scala, Russell will be accompanied by Nigel Harrison (Blondie), Clive Deamer (Radiohead, Portishead), Danny Robinson, (Jimi Hendrix foundation), Mikey Rowe (Oasis, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying birds), and Gregory Darling (Julian Lennon).

The ‘Songs From The Heart’ tour will feature a stunning collection of our best loved songs, plus an exclusive preview of selected tracks from the forthcoming studio album.

Russell has always been a strong supporter of community choirs, especially after his time as a judge on the BBC prime time show ‘Last Choir Standing’. Russell enjoyed being part of the show immensely and as a result, last year’s Up Close & Personal tour featured local community choirs at each show. Following the success of the choirs last year, Russell is once again inviting local choirs to join him on stage.

“Last year’s choirs brought an added energy to the show, something you can only achieve when a range of voices come together as one, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to perform with local choirs once again this year” ~ Russell

Captivating to watch and enchanting to listen to, Russell continues to wow audiences with his enigmatic and entertaining live performances.

“He sings like Pavarotti, and entertains the audience like Sinatra” – NY Times

For more information about Medina Community Choir please email

For tickets please call the box office on 01983 868 000 or visit

May It Be

The Choir have been singing Enya’s May It Be since we did our Music from the Movies concert in 2013, and it is very much enjoyed by us all. We used it as part of our gospel rep on tour last summer, and a video of one of those performances is below. This was filmed on a very hot day, when a few plans of places to visit did not come together (due to traffic, mostly), and you cannot tell from the Choir’s performance how hot and tired we were. We gave our usual high standard of concert that evening, and very much enjoyed ourselves.