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 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

Unfortunately, as no one has yet been able to volunteer to be the Section Leader and to run the Speech & Drama Section in 2022, the Festival will not be booking any venues for the Speech & Drama Section of the Festival next year. We hope to be able to return in physical venues 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.