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.

THE WATFORD FESTIVAL IN 2021 - TO PREPARE, WE URGENTLY NEED CONSENT FORMS TO BE FILLED IN AND SENT TO US FOR ALL PERFORMERS! FORMS FOR 5 PERFORMERS STILL NOT RECEIVED - PLEASE SEND THEM SOON. YOU ALSO NEED TO UPLOAD PDF SCRIPTS FOR THOSE ENTRIES THAT NEED THEM, ASAP PLEASE.

A Speech & Drama timetable with Zoom links, along with other important information relating to Zoom classes, has  been sent to all who entered online - parents and teachers. If you are a teacher, please ensure that your forward this information to parents. If you are a parent, please ensure that your child's drama teacher has this information so that they can attend the meeting if possible.

SPEECH & DRAMA 2022 - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED URGENTLY TO KEEP THE SECTION RUNNING

Katherine Barker, who has run the Speech & Drama section for over five years, is unable to continue to do so. We urgently need someone to volunteer as Section leader for 2022 - OTHERWISE THERE WILL BE NO SPEECH & DRAMA FESTIVAL IN 2022. We need a response by February 2021 - otherwise we will have to cancel provisional bookings of venues for 2022.

If the pandemic is still an issue in 2022 or no venues are available, a Virtual Festival using Zoom - similar to what we're doing in 2021 - may be possible. However, this still requires a volunteer for Section Leader. If one is not found, a 2022 Speech & Drama Festival will not go ahead and we will have to aim for coming back in 2023.

The Section Leader role requires a modest time commitment in advance of the Festival and a fuller time commitment while the section is actually running a Festival (one week + one weekend this year, with a reduced number of online classes - but for a normal Festival in physical venues, the parameters of the timetable would be set by the amount of time that a Section Leader can commit to running the section). The role is supported by a comprehensive IT system and other volunteers, who cannot perform the Section Leader role but can support it. We would also welcome further volunteers to assist with the running of this section.

Please contact Katherine Barker (katherine@watfordfestival.co.uk) or a member of the committee (see the Contact Us page for contact details) if you are able to help.

OTHER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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

Speech and Drama 2020 winners

Carnatic 2020 winners