Our latest Corona Chronicle (Number 4), with Desert Island Disc selections is now available (25th June 2020)

Our Corona Chronicles are temporarily replacing our weekly Newsletters. The first one can be viewed from the link below. They can also be be viewed on the website from our Newsletter page HERE

Judy our Vice Chairman (and Corona Chronicle Editor writes:

Dear Members, Thanks to everyone whose contributions have appeared so far, this is the 4th issue of Corona Chronicle I’ve been able to put together since lockdown. I hope they’ve been appreciated as a means of staying in touch, as well as keeping you up to date – as far as possible ­- with our aspirations for next season and beyond. I would like to be able to produce at least one further issue over the summer break, but to some extent that will depend on even more contributions from YOU! These could well take the form of musical autobiographies/member profiles and if you’re stuck for inspiration, do have a look at the attached template. Or you could follow the example in this issue of our two Patrons, Andrew and David, each of whom has described very candidly the effect of the last 3 months on their lives as professional musicians. Perhaps you have an abiding memory of musical encounters from childhood, such as Judith Bruni’s recollections of Gerald Hoffnung’s concerts in the 1950s, also in this issue. And we can always accommodate more of your Desert Island Discs! Please send your contributions to me at judy@watfordphilharmonic.co.uk or by post to 3 Church End, Sandridge, St Albans AL4 9DL. I will look forward to receiving them. You can also keep in touch by visiting our website (here) where new items are added fairly regularly, including the lovely ‘turning pages’ files Tim is busy attaching to our archive record – compiled by Margaret of previous concert programmes; and by signing in to our closed Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/625783124932009/ With every good wish for whatever the summer break may hold this year and very much hoping that we will all come through this challenging time to meet again ‘some sunny day’. Judy (Vice Chairman, WPS)

Our Vice Chairman writes:

Dear Member,
Below is the link to the 3rd issue of Corona Chronicle, with thanks to all who have contributed so far. I have a small bank of pieces awaiting publication, but would welcome additional material to keep us going to the end of the season. Two of our members have already shared their Desert Island Discs in the current issue. If you’d like to contribute your selection, there’s a link to a template (below).

One of the joys of belonging to any group is discovering the wealth of talent, skill, experience and achievement of other members and especially during this time of restricted social contact, many people are discovering the value of story-telling as a means of staying connected. We’d love to build a profile of our Society based on your stories, however you might choose to tell them. If you’re stuck for ideas, here is a framework you could use.

  • Where born/raised
  • Where you live now
  • Education
  • Job(s)
  • Family, especially if any have musical interests or noteworthy musical achievements
  • How did your own interest in music start?
  • How long have you been a member of WPS?
  • What do you like best about WPS?
  • Memorable moments with WPS
  • Interest/involvement in music beyond WPS?
  • Interests/activities other than music?

Just as a guide, about 300 words will do very nicely – and if you have a photograph you’d like to include, that would be even better!

Email your returns to judy@watfordphilharmonic.co.uk or post to 3 Church End, Sandridge, St Albans AL4 9DL

Stay well and stay in touch


Judy Newton-Davies, Vice Chairman WPS

Desert Island Disc pull-out competition supplement available from the link below.