The full WPS Committee successfully held its first ever meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 13th May, chaired by our excellent leader, David Pollak with his finger poised over the mute button to keep us all under control! This meeting was scheduled back in the halcyon days of February to discuss, amongst other thngs, our very successful performance of Messiah in April and make plans for the remaining concerts in the 20 -21 Season.

Oh how things change! As we enter the uncharted waters of the coming months we were unable to come to any firm conclusions except unanimously agreeing that it is very unlikely that we will be able to perform at the Colosseum until Christmas 2020 at the very earliest – and that is by no means a certainty. The safety of our Choir and Orchestra members at rehearsals and in concert is paramount and the constraints of social distancing create logistical problems, both on stage, in the auditorium and at rehearsals.

Therefore, sadly, until the situation changes and more concrete guidelines come into play, our future concert schedule is unconfirmed. You may rely on your committee to reinstate our performances and rehearsals as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

Meanwhile – Michael Cayton is conducting Zoom rehearsals every Monday night at 7.30 pm, starting at 7.20 pm with time for socialising. It is wonderful to ‘see’ each other again and so far approx 60 people – yes 60 – are regularly taking part. If you haven’t already given it a go, come and join us. Judy Newton-Davies has produced two excellent Corona Chronicles and is currently working on a third. She is always on the lookout for articles for inclusion – over to YOU! Our Facebook Members page is up and running so keep in touch with each other that way.

Please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Committee if you have worries or concerns – we are all part of the WPS family.

Keep safe, keep well and keep singing. Your Society still needs you!

Pam Allanson: Publicity Manager

Who are we?…

Based in Watford, with over 170 members and our own orchestra we are one of Hertfordshire’s largest and oldest amateur choral societies – founded in 1935 by Leslie Regan in association with the great Sir Henry Wood of BBC Proms fame.

Our history …

You can read more about our rich history HERE.

More about us …

Our repertoire features works by all the great composers from Bach to Bernstein and includes challenging classical masterpieces alongside Broadway, the West End and easy listening favourites.

The choir rehearses on Monday evenings and the orchestra on Wednesday evenings throughout term-time at the Watford Grammar School for Girls. We benefit from having the acoustically acclaimed Watford Colosseum as our regular concert venue. 

We provide vocal support for local charitable events and can be hired to perform for private functions and family occasions. For further information please contact timvenner@watfordphilharmonic.co.uk

The choir welcomes singers from all backgrounds. If you enjoy singing and preferably have some musical experience (even if it’s from school days) you can be sure of a warm welcome and plenty of encouragement. There is more information here:- Join Us

If you play an instrument up to the standard required for a Grade 8 award or its equivalent and would like to join our orchestra, we would be pleased to hear from you. Currently there are vacancies in all sections. There is more information here:- Join Us