Come and sing – a view from the choir

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Read Anne and Elaine’s review off our successful “Come and Sing” Day.

On Saturday, 18th June about 120 members and guests of Watford Philharmonic Society gathered at the magnificent Bushey Academy for a Come and Sing Workshop for “The Armed Man”.  The day had been the inspiration of Judy Newton-Davies who had a vision of doing this workshop as a fund-raiser for our Autumn concert which will feature the Western Front violin.

This work by Karl Jenkins combines different styles of music from classical to pop and drawn from different cultures around the world. It  provides a most stimulating and unusual work for us to sing – everything from a sombre, marching rhythm to a haunting, lyrical melody, to sounds of screeching agony.  Truly a melange bound into one work.  It is not surprising that it has become so popular both for performers and audience alike.

Michael Cayton was our director and Chorus Master and Anna Le Hair provided a beautiful piano accompaniment.  Michael, with his usual enthusiasm and amusing anecdotes and musical expertise made it a truly enjoyable and entertaining day for everyone and the comfortable seats and air conditioning were a delight.

IMG_4806On arrival everyone was made to feel most welcome by a small group of helpers who issued name labels, copies of the score and directed us to the excellent facilities.








There were several breaks and teas and coffees were provided.  Most people brought a packed lunch and sitting chatting together in such pleasant surroundings made for a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Many members brought cakes for the final break which became quite a tea party!

We enjoyed our performance at the end of the day given to a small audience of friends and families.


Our Chairman, Marian, thanked everyone who had helped to make the day such a success and presented a bouquet of flowers to Judy without whose vision and incredible amount of work, the event would not have happened. Heartiest congratulations to one and all.


Anne Hall and Elaine Hemperl