The Final Corona Chronicle (Number 11), is now available (10th March 2021)

Our Corona Chronicles are temporarily replacing our weekly Newsletters. They can be viewed from the links below or viewed from our Newsletter page HERE

Corona Chronicle issue 11

Here it is! Just one more issue of Corona Chronicle – and this will definitely be the last.

But before all that, we are absolutely delighted to confirm that we are planning to run a ‘Just Sing’ workshop – also in the Grand Hall at The Grange – on Saturday 10th July. This will provide a wonderful opportunity for us to get together again, possibly inviting any singing friends and family members to come along and help us celebrate the occasion. If nothing else, you will have a chance to start getting those vocal cords ready for September! More details to follow. Thanks again to all contributors to the Chronicles. I hope that everyone will enjoy reading this final issue. Judy

Corona Chronicle Issue 10

Starting the Corona Chronicle series just after the first lockdown last March, I certainly hadn’t envisaged that we’d get anywhere near to ten issues, published monthly since then!

I’m enormously grateful to our many contributors, all of whom have more or less willingly agreed to share their musical biographies, desert island choices and a whole range of interesting material to help us stay in touch with one another throughout long periods of social distancing and self-isolation. The new year brings some hope of an end to all that and it feels like a good time to shut down the press after this issue. Of course, if any of you have ideas for further contributions, I will happily work with whatever you send – but perhaps on a more ad hoc basis, as and when I feel sufficiently inspired! And if anyone else would like to volunteer to take over as editor for future issues, do please get in touch. No reasonable offer refused!

Staying with volunteering, please do take a look at the last page of this issue for information about committee vacancies we will need to fill later on this year. The Society can only function if we have sufficient members involved in running its various activities. If such work might appeal to you, please do let us know. We’d be delighted to have a chat!


Christmas Corona Chronicle (Issue 9)

Thanks to Judy’s collection and curation of all your creative contributions, (plus a fair amount of creativity herself) here is the long awaited and keenly anticipated edition of the Christmas Corona Chronicle.It is compulsory to supply yourself with a festive drink/comestible treat whilst consuming its delightful contents.

Corona Chronicle Issue 8

Compiling this issue presented something of a dilemma. I had more than enough material for one publication but not quite sufficient to make two. I decided to go for a bumper edition to make sure that in the event of not having additional material coming in to justify a ninth issue, everyone’s contributions to date would get published.

What happens now is up to you. I do have some ideas about a Christmas Special to consist of whatever seasonal reflection or simple greeting you might like to contribute and share – more about that next month. Beyond that, further issues will only happen if more people supply copy – the coverage to date gives a fair idea of what shape your contributions might take. Nearly everyone enjoys reading other people’s stories – musical or otherwise. Using the Desert Island Discs format might give you a framework – or you could write about a particular musical event that has made a lasting impression on you, as Graham has done in this issue. I’m quite happy to continue compiling and editing as long as I have enough material to work with – it could actually be a welcome diversion in a potentially tedious winter!

Given the extremely tough situation faced by so many of our professional musicians, it was heartening to receive the following message from our Patron, Andrew Shore, who gave the first live-streamed lunch-time recital for Bristol University last month – watch it and see Andrew’s associated message HERE.

Best wishes all round,


Corona Chronicle Issue 7

Above is the link to issue 7 of Corona Chronicle. Little did I think when I first floated the idea of compiling some sort of news sheet/magazine as a means of helping people to stay connected during lockdown that it would run to seven issues since last April, largely thanks to the many contributions I’ve received.

Whilst it might be quite pleasing to keep it going for as long as material keeps coming in (and I’m quite happy to go on producing it) please do say if you feel that it no longer serves a useful purpose. You can either respond to me directly at or via Nikki.

If the general feeling is that it’s worth continuing, how about making a contribution yourself? You can get a fair idea of what you might write from the contents of previous issues – musical autobiographies seem to be appreciated and next time, it’s my intention to feature more husband and wife combos. Two for the price of one! You might also consider sharing information about another organisation that you’re committed to or have enjoyed being part of at some stage – another choir or orchestra perhaps, though not necessarily restricted to a musical group.

Meanwhile, the current issue will give you some sense of our position as far as a return to live rehearsals is concerned. We have been very pleased that so many of you continue to join the Monday evening Zoom rehearsals, making good progress as we work our way through Mozart’s delightful Coronation Mass. Let’s all hold onto the expectation that we will have the chance to perform it live in the not-too-distant future.

Every good wish to one and all,


Corona Chronicle Issue 6

Above is the link to issue 6 of Corona Chronicle. Thanks to all our contributors, I have had a steady supply of interesting material to work from and with your ‘renewed enthusiasm’ I’m happy to continue editing for the time being, so please keep sending stuff to me.

As well as enthusiasm, as we approach the start of our 2020/21 season it’s nearly time to renew your membership. Enrolment is moving online this year: look out for an email from the Society in the next few days inviting you to activate your membership via our website. It’s very easy to do, but do get in touch if you experience any difficulties – and please let Nikki know if you have not received your invitation by Saturday 5th September.

Annual membership documents have already been emailed to everyone (1st August, sent by Nikki) but just in case you’ve accidentally deleted them, copies are also available on the website under the heading ‘The New Season Beckons’. They include our plans for the new season, all subject to whatever restrictions are in place at the time, together with details of membership fees. Since writing, we now know that we almost certainly will not be performing at the Colosseum this year but we very much hope that we shall be able to offer audiences a concert in March and June. Meanwhile, we have two Saturday workshop dates provisionally booked for 17th October and 5th December which we are considering using for something more than a workshop. We shall of course keep a watchful eye on Government Covid19 guidelines regarding the safe return to live rehearsals and performances. From 7th September, we will be starting work on a lovely Mozart programme – probably via Zoom link initially, but with the intention of rehearsing it live and including it in our performing repertoire just as soon as we are able to. Further details will be circulated when available.

We trust that you and yours have remained well throughout the summer and that we will all be together again, with our music, very soon.

All good wishes,

Judy (Vice Chair, WPS)

Corona Chronicle Issue 5

Judy our Vice Chairman (and Corona Chronicle Editor) writes:

A big thank-you for the many interesting contributions received so far. Please keep them coming and I will do my best to maintain the monthly Chronicle, hoping that it may help to preserve some sense of connection in these uncertain times. Musical autobiographies are very welcome, as are accounts of any particular musical event or experience of special significance in your life. Or why not share new and rewarding discoveries you have found helpful in accommodating the impact of Covid19?

Please send your contributions to me at or by post to 3 Church End, Sandridge, St Albans AL4 9DL

You can also keep in touch by visiting our website at and by signing up to our closed Facebook Group where new items are posted fairly regularly.

Watch out for the annual membership package – commonly known as the summer mailing – which will be sent out by email early next month. That at least has some semblance of normality about it, whatever changes we may need to introduce next season!
All good wishes, Judy (Vice Chair, WPS)

Corona Chronicle Issue 4

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 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 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)

Corona Chronicle Issue 3

Our Vice Chairman writes:

Dear Member,
Above 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 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.