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:

ChoralVocalPianoforteStringsWoodwind & 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.

ONLINE ENTRIES FOR 2022 ARE EXPECTED TO BE OPEN BY MONDAY, 18th OCTOBER 2021. ENTRIES CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, 17th DECEMBER 2021. REGISTRATION FOR NEW USERS FOR ONLINE ENTRIES CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, 10th DECEMBER.

Unfortunately, the Carnatic section of the Festival will not be scheduled in 2022 as the Section Head has had to step down due to unforeseen circumstances.

Ours was the first UK Festival to have Carnatic classes, which were initially held within the String Section of the Festival in the late 1990s.

We would like to thank Sivayinee Krishnakumar for all of her dedication, passion and hard work in then creating and running a separate Carnatic Section very successfully for a number of years. The section has attracted a large number of competitors, many of whom travelled considerable distances to participate. It has included vocal classes as well as instrumental solo and ensemble classes.

If anyone would be interested in volunteering to help with this section in the future, either as the section head, or as part of a team of volunteers, please contact the Chairman, Jennifer Hill on 020 8952 6373 or at jenniehill@watfordfestival.co.uk for more information.

OTHER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We need someone to volunteer to act as the Festival's Data Protection Officer.