Message from Pam Allanson our Chairman (August 2021)

I cannot believe that we have already arrived at the end of the final term of the WPS year –

and what a year! We have had many disappointments – cancelled concerts, no ‘proper’ rehearsals, no chance to meet up as the WPS family in addition to all the other everyday frustrations of the lockdowns.

When I took over from David as Chair at our Zoom AGM on 8th March, little did I realise how many things would have to change over the coming months. Rehearsals/Zoom; new performance venue; ticketing system; concert programming to accommodate new venue; Publicity/Marketing issues ; media/website and ways and means to move WPS into a more tech savvy era! I could go on …..

My great thanks during this time must go to my sister in Vice, Judy, for her indefatigable energy and drive to move us forward in many of these areas. Paul for endless sleepless nights to get the new Ticket/Box office system not merely up and running, but working incredibly easily and well in addition to all his Treasury work. Nikki for endless demands on her time to liaise with you, the membership; Frances and her team for coming to grips with the logistics of our new performance ‘home’ in Bushey; Tim Pettigrew for aiding and abetting in all things tech and not least to Michael, whose weekly enthusiasm and dogged hard work to keep the Society together during a year of Zoom rehearsals has been a vital ingredient in the mix. I must also thank all the other other members of the hard working Committee for their continued support during this evolving period.

As I write this note, I am still enjoying the reflected afterglow of an extremely successful weekend of WPS workshops. Sadly I was unable to drop into the Orchestra’s get together, but I hear a very enjoyable time was spent on Vaughan William’s London Symphony. Don’t forget Michael would be very interested to hear from any potential new members to join their merry band.

As for Come Back & Sing – well we did! Somewhat trepidatiously at first, but by the time we had warmed up (!) with the Hallelujah chorus and done the Rain Dance a few times we were an extremely relaxed, happy bunch of singers once again. We really appreciated so many of you came to take part – it was understandable that some may not have felt comfortable at this time and we missed you, but the Production Team had ensured that we met as safely as possible. I know we have a long way to go before our next concert, but I feel really optimistic that the Society is well and truly back in business once again.

So please enjoy what remains of the summer holidays and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to WGGS on Monday 6th September 7.30pm to begin work on Mozart Requiem.

Best wishes

Pam

Chairman

Watford Philharmonic Society