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Here you will find details of membership renewal and of rehearsals, also a selection of key documents underpinning the running of our Society, many of which the Charity Commission requires us to hold.
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MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL 2023-2024
All Choir and Orchestra memberships for 2022/23 will expire on the 31st of July 2023. We hope that you will be joining us for our new season.
The Choir’s first rehearsal is on Monday the 4th of September at St Luke’s Church, Langley Way, Watford WD17 3EG.
Orchestra rehearsals begin on Wednesday the 27th of September at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Road, Watford WD17 4PY
We shall be rehearsing Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs and his Dona Nobis Pacem as well as Brahm’s Geistliches Lied and (for the orchestra) his Academic Festival Overture for our first concert of the season, Saturday the 28th October, 2023.
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Watford Philharmonic uses the membermojo.co.uk online membership system for your convenience.
Changes to your details can be made through the online system at any time.
Choir – Rehearsal and Performance Dates and Times
Rehearsals are held in St Luke’s Church, Langley Way, Watford, WD17 3EG on Mondays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Car parking is freely available in the church car park and on the local roads (no charge).
The schedule of rehearsals and concerts for the whole 2023-2024 season is available here.
Choir – Choral Technique and Rehearsal Resources
Choir members are asked to spend some time between rehearsals learning their part. A list of links to rehearsal CDs and online rehearsal resources by voice part is given below.
Selected recordings of performances are available on YouTube and can help singers become familiar with the whole work, especially coming close to the concert.
We may also schedule additional rehearsal time (30 minutes before the rehearsal starts) to improve our musical skills.
Before every concert we hold a one-day pre-concert choral workshop at our rehearsal venue with our Music Director and Accompanist in order to get concert-ready. Details are given in the conductor’s rehearsal schedule for the specific concert to which it applies.
Orchestra – Rehearsal and Performance Dates and Times
Unless otherwise stated rehearsals are held in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Road, Watford WD17 4PY on selected Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Car parking is available in the grounds of the Church.
Prior to each concert there is a Monday evening joint choir/orchestra rehearsal held at the choir’s rehearsal venue – St Luke’s Church, Langley Way, Watford WD17 3EG from 7pm to 9.30pm.
A full orchestral rehearsal and performance schedule for the 2023-2024 season is available here.
Terms and Conditions of Your WPS Membership (The Legal Bits!)
The following documents set out the terms and conditions governing membership of the WPS