About the Watford Festival

The Watford Festival was established over 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 many hundreds of entries every year, involving hundreds of participants. It offers a unique opportunity for these participants to experience performing in front of an audience and to receive expert advice and encouragement.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Festival will have only a limited set of virtual classes, using Zoom as the technology platform.

The other sections - Choral, Vocal, Strings, Carnatic and Woodwind & Brass - will regrettably not be offered in 2021.
We will update this page with more news about our plans for the 2021 Festival as soon as we have it.


Speech and Drama 2020 winners

Carnatic 2020 winners