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 2021 SPEECH & DRAMA SECTION IS NOW OVER. THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO TOOK PART AND PROVIDED HELP AND SUPPORT IN THESE TRYING TIMES! 2021 MEDAL-WINNERS ARE VIEWABLE HERE.

SPEECH & DRAMA 2022

We are happy to report that we have had some new volunteers expressing interest in taking on the section for 2022. We hope to be able to return in physical venues in 2022, if the pandemic allows, but will also be planning for a Zoom-based Festival, in case it doesn't! The Zoom-based Speech & Drama section worked reasonably well for us in 2021, and much positive feedback was received from participants. We would obviously all prefer a physical rather than a Zoom-based section, but will of course have to work within pandemic-imposed constraints.

Please contact the Speech & Drama team (sdteam@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.