New Members are Welcome

Are you new to choral music? Would like to join an orchestra? Perhaps you have just moved into the area, or might be searching for a different musical group to rehearse and perform with? Come along and give us a try! Visit our members area to see what we are doing.


New choir members are always welcome, especially tenors and basses. Please note that the alto section is currently full but if you would like to leave your details for consideration when a vacancy arises, please contact the New Members Secretary via email: We usually hold an open rehearsal at the beginning of the season, although you may join the Society at any time during the year. Our open rehearsal is on a Monday in September (The exact date will be published here later this year).  More information for new members for the 2018-2019 season can be found here.

Choir rehearsals are usually on Mondays 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Main Hall at Watford Grammar School for Girls. However, times and locations sometimes change.

A full list of Choir rehearsal dates and times for the 2018-19 season can be found on our members area page .

If you decide to join us you can download our membership form (Form A) here.

Contact – New Members Secretary via email:


Would you like to join an orchestra? We have vacancies for string players in all sections and for French horns, but we’d be happy to hear from you whatever your instrument. We generally ask for a Grade VIII or equivalent standard.

Orchestra rehearsals are on some Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:30pm in the Main Hall at Watford Grammar School for Girls although dates and times can vary.

A full list of Orchestral rehearsal dates and times, and information for new members for the 2018/19 season can be found here.

String players should contact Jeanne Mann at and Wind players should contact Alan Byers at

Choir – Subscription 2018/19 Season

The annual membership subscription is £195. Members aged 30 years or under pay £99. This covers the costs of the weekly rehearsals, hiring of the sheet music for each concert, the cost of putting on the concerts and the administration of the charity.

There is an early payment discount of £6 off the payment for the academic year if your membership subscription is paid by 31 August 2018. This does not apply to payments by instalment.

Payments can be made by cheque or by electronic transfer.

Payments can be made by three instalments of £65 each by cheques received by the Treasurer on or before 31 August 2018. The first cheque should be dated 31 August 2018 and the other cheques should be dated 30th November 2018 and 28th February 2019 (the early payment discount does not apply to instalments).

Optional activities

As well as our rehearsals and concerts, we offer a number of social activities and opportunities for extending your music making with other choirs and orchestras both locally and nationally.

We regularly sing to raise money for various charities, especially at Christmas time, and from time to time we have arranged overseas tours – most recently an exchange visit with members of Carlow Choral Society in Ireland.

Occasionally members of the choir are invited to perform at private functions where donations are made to the Watford Philharmonic Society.