About the Watford Festival

The Watford Festival was established 70 years ago and has grown from strength to strength to become one of the largest and most respected in the UK. It aims to encourage people of all ages to perform in the areas of Music, Speech and Drama by providing an opportunity to perform before an adjudicator and an audience.

The Festival is held in February and March every year. It is a competitive festival and there are classes for both children and adults available. Classes are divided into the following sections:

ChoralVocalPianoforteStringsCarnaticWoodwind & Brass and Speech & Drama.

The Festival receives over 1,800 entries every year, involving at least 2,000 participants. It offers a unique opportunity for these performers to experience performing in front of an audience and to receive expert advice and encouragement.

Entries are now open for the 2018 Festival! Register to enter and then enter online for the Speech & Drama, Pianoforte, Woodwind & Brass and Strings sections. Check the diary to see when events are scheduled. The entry deadline is today, Friday 15 December 2017! If you haven't added and paid for your entries, you only have today to do it!

For Choral, Vocal and Carnatic sections, download the entry form, print it out, fill it in send it to the relevant Section Secretary (see the contacts page for details).

Speech and Drama 2017 winners

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Visiting a Festival venue? Please remember to bring cash for admission tickets, refreshments and so on - regrettably, we cannot accept cheques or cards at our venues.