A selection of PAST events in and around Watford, Hertfordshire

SINCE THE START OF 2019

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For the record, a selection of PAST events in the Watford area, listed in date order
2019  

12 January 2019
Saturday
12pm

Bushey

Recital
Sam Giddy (organ)
Bushey Recital Series
St James's Church, High Street, Bushey
Sam Giddy is a first-prize winner of the Sydney Organ Competition. Link.

13 January 2019
Sunday
3:00pm

Radlett

Concert
A Family concert of popular classics
The Lydian String Quartet
Radlett Music Club
Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL
£15, Free if under 26 years of age.
Tel: 01923 859291. Link.

16 January 2019
Wednesday
7:30pm

Watford

"Knole uncovered: archaeological investigation and discovery"
Talk by Nathalie Cohen, National Trust archaeologist at Knole, Kent
South West Herts Archaelogical and Historical Society
West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford
Member: free. Visitor: £3
Doors open from 7pm. Visitors are welcome but need to telephone to book.
Tel: 07784 807108. Link.

17 January 2019
Thursday
8:00pm

Bushey

"History of the Merlin Engine"
Talk by Colin Gent on the Rolls-Royce racing engine that powered many models of WW2 fighters and bombers
Watford & District Industrial History Society
North Hall, Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey
Visitors welcome; minimum donation of £4 per visitor suggested.
Tel: 01923 779580 (chairman). Link.

20 January 2019
Sunday
3:00pm

Bushey

Concert: New Year Classics
Edward Elgar (Overture 'Froissart', op. 19), Jean Sibelius (Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47), Antonín Dvorák (Symphony No. 8 in G, op. 88)
With Fenella Humphreys (violin)
Bushey Symphony Orchestra
Bushey Academy, London Road, Bushey
£14 or £17 (child £1).
Tel: 07467 248 258. Link.

26 January 2019
Saturday
2-5pm

Watford

A performing opportunity for musicians and singers of classical-style and light music of any era, including your own compositions
Solo or ensembles
Eternal Chord
Friends' Meeting House, 150 Church Road, Watford WD17 4QB
Performers: £3, under-18s £2, audience free (small donation welcome)
Contact the organiser, David Silver (eternalchord@gmail.com). Piano available.

27 January 2019
Sunday
4:00pm

Watford

Concert
Music by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, J Strauss II and Lehar
Soloists from the Royal Opera House and Opera Australia
Classical Music at St John's
St John's Church, Sutton Road, Watford WD17 2QQ
£10, (under-18s) £2. Link.

3 February 2019
Sunday
4:00pm

Watford

Concert
Jayson Gillham (piano)
Octagon Music Society
Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)
£15. Free if under 26 years of age
See the website for the programme.
Tel: 01923 231917. Link.

7 February 2019
Thursday
7:30-9pm

Watford

"Lara: the untold love story that inspired Doctor Zhivago"
Talk by Nadia Ainsworth
Watford-Novgorod Friendship Society
St Luke's Church, Langley Way, Watford
£3 (member), £5 (non-member). Link.

7 February 2019
Thursday
8:00pm

Radlett

Concert
Pieces by both Clara and Robert Schumann and Brahms
The Solarek Piano Trio
Radlett Music Club
Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL
£15, Free if under 26 years of age.
Tel: 01923 859291. Link.

9 February 2019
Saturday
7:30pm

Watford

Concert
Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet Suite no. 2), Mendelssohn (Midsummer Night's Dream), Hector Berlioz (Romeo and Juliet), Tchaikovsky (Romeo and Juliet)
Watford Symphony Orchestra
Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)
£13.
Tel: 07925 749928. Link.

13–16 February 2019
7:30pm; also Saturday matinee 2:30pm

Watford

"Oklahoma!"
Abbots Langley Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Watford Palace Theatre, Clarendon Road, Watford.
Tel: 01923 225671. Link.

20 February 2019
Wednesday
7:30pm

Watford

"Eastcote House since the 12th Century: excavation and public participation"
Talk by Les Capon of AOC Archaeology
South West Herts Archaelogical and Historical Society
West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford
Member: free. Visitor: £3
Doors open from 7pm. Visitors are welcome but need to telephone to book.
Tel: 07784 807108. Link.

21 February 2019
Thursday
8:00pm

Bushey

"The royal gunpowder mills"
Illustrated talk by Richard Thomas on the former Royal Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey and the development of explosives
Watford & District Industrial History Society
North Hall, Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey
Visitors welcome; minimum donation of £4 per visitor suggested.
Tel: 01923 779580 (chairman). Link.

From 9 March 2019
Saturday
12pm

Bushey

Saturday Recital Series 2019
45-minute recitals
St James' Church, Bushey
St James's Church, High Street, Bushey
Free
Coffee available from 11am and light lunch from 1pm. Link.

10 March 2019
Sunday
4:00pm

Watford

Concert
Charlotte Ashton (flute), William Vann (piano)
Octagon Music Society
Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)
£15. Free if under 26 years of age
See the website for the programme.
Tel: 01923 231917. Link.

12 March 2019
Tuesday
8:00pm

Radlett

Concert
Haydn, Mozart, Chopin and Ravel
Cristian Sandrin (piano)
Radlett Music Club
Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL
£15, Free if under 26 years of age.
Tel: 01923 859291. Link.

17 March 2019
Sunday
3:00pm

Bushey

Concert: Classical Masters
Franz Schubert (Overture in the Italian Style in C, D591), Ludwig van Beethoven (Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor, op. 37), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Symphony no. 38 in D, K504 'Prague')
With Alim Belsembayev (piano)
Bushey Symphony Orchestra
Purcell School, Aldenham Road, Bushey WD23 2TS
£14 or £17 (child £1).
Tel: 07467 248 258. Link.

20 March 2019
Wednesday
7:30pm

Watford

"Tudor Rickmansworth"
Talk by Heather Falvey
South West Herts Archaelogical and Historical Society
West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford
Member: free. Visitor: £3
Doors open from 7pm. Visitors are welcome but need to telephone to book.
Tel: 07784 807108. Link.

21 March 2019
Thursday
8:00pm

Bushey

"Titanic's rivets"
Talk by Rudi Newman on a different truth behind the "fatal rivet" theory of Titanic's loss
Watford & District Industrial History Society
North Hall, Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey
Visitors welcome; minimum donation of £4 per visitor suggested.
Tel: 01923 779580 (chairman). Link.

30 March 2019
Saturday
7:30pm

Rickmansworth

Spring Concert
Sacred music through the ages: great choral works from Palestrina to the present
The Chiltern Choir
St Mary's Church, Church Street, Rickmansworth
£15 or £13 if booked in advance (adult), £6 (under-18s). Link.

30 March 2019
Saturday
7:30pm

Watford

Concert
Verdi (Requiem)
Harrow Choral Society, Harrow Philharmonic Choir, Stanmore Choral Society, four soloists and orchestra
Three Choirs Concert
Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford
£21, under-18s £10.50.
Tel: 020 8863 7830. Link.

31 March 2019
Sunday
7:30-9:30pm

Watford

Spring Concert
Roussel (Le marchand de sable qui passe), Strauss (Oboe Concerto), Mozart (Symphony no.41 'Jupiter')
With Henrietta Cooke (oboe)
Watford Youth Sinfonia
St Michael & All Angels' Church, Mildred Avenue, Watford
Adults £12, concessions £8, students £6. Link.

3 April 2019
Wednesday
8:00pm

Radlett

Concert
Divertimenti String Quintet
Radlett Music Club
Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL
£15, Free if under 26 years of age
See the website for the programme.
Tel: 01923 859291. Link.

6 April 2019
Saturday
10:30am

Bushey

Village Trail - St. James' Churchyard, Part 1
The history and stories of those who are buried at St. James' Church
Friends of Bushey Museum
Starting from Bushey Museum
£8 (sold on the day)
Refreshments (not included) will be available afterwards nearby. Link.

7 April 2019
Sunday
3:00pm

Watford

Watford International Piano Competition
Watford Festival
Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road). Link.

14 April 2019
Sunday
4:00pm

Watford

Concert
Chloë Hanslip (violin), Danny Driver (piano)
Octagon Music Society
Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)
£15. Free if under 26 years of age
See the website for the programme.
Tel: 01923 231917. Link.

18 April 2019
Thursday
8:00pm

Bushey

"Members' interests"
Short illustrated talks by WADIHS members
Watford & District Industrial History Society
North Hall, Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey
Visitors welcome; minimum donation of £4 per visitor suggested.
Tel: 01923 779580 (chairman). Link.

24 April 2019
Wednesday
7:30pm

Watford

"Bones, stones, plants and moans: a few thousand years of prehistoric medicine"
Talk by Lizz Roe
South West Herts Archaelogical and Historical Society
West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford
Member: free. Visitor: £3
Doors open from 7pm. Visitors are welcome but need to telephone to book. Talk to be followed by AGM.
Tel: 07784 807108. Link.

27–28 Apr, 4-5, 11-12 May 2019

Watford

Watford Dance Festival 2019
Competitions by age group for various types of dance

James Theatre, Watford Grammar School for Boys, Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD18 7JF. Link.

27–28 April 2019
1-4pm

Watford

Celebrating 60 years of WMR
Activities and stalls with free entertainment; also a photographic exhibition in the Hub
Watford's Miniature Railway
Cassiobury Park (nearest entrance is from Langley Way). Link.

28 April 2019
Sunday
7:00pm

Watford

Concert
Haydn (The Creation)
Watford Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra
Watford Philharmonic Society
Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford
£20, £18; £5 (under-19s)
The Colosseum, but not WPS, adds a booking fee to ticket prices.
Tel: 07380 285788 (WPS), 01923 571102 (Colosseum). Link.

30 April 2019
Tuesday
After 7:30pm

Watford

"The Lykovs: a family of Old Believers lost to the modern world"
Talk by Matthew Cawthorne
Watford-Novgorod Friendship Society
St Luke's Church, Langley Way, Watford
£3 (member), £5 (non-member)
The talk follows the Society's AGM. Refreshments follow the talk. Link.

3 May 2019
Friday
7:30pm

Rickmansworth

Harp Concert
Including works by Gabriel Fauré, Marcel Tournier, Claude Debussy, Mikhail Glinka, Domenico Scarlatti, Nino Rota, Marcel Grandjany
Louise Thomson (harp)
Three Rivers Music Society
Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth
£16; free for under-25s. Link.

11 May 2019
Saturday
10am-4:30pm

Bushey

Watford Model Railway Exhibition
20 or more layouts
South West Herts Model Railway Society
Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey WD23 2TY
Adult £6, child £3. Link.

11–12 May 2019
11am-5pm

Elstree

Open weekend
Forty acres of woodland, meadow and two lakes, with a rich variety of wildlife
Maple Lodge Conservation Society
MLCS, Maple Lodge Close, off Denham Way, Maple Cross, Rickmansworth
Free
Guided tour available.
Tel: 07580 535986. Link.

11 May 2019
Saturday
7:30pm

Watford

Concert
Dvorák (Overture "Carnival"), Mendelssohn (Violin Concerto), Dvorák (Symphony no. 6)
Watford Symphony Orchestra
Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)
£13.
Tel: 07925 749928. Link.

18–19 May 2019

Rickmansworth

Rickmansworth Festival 2019
Narrow Boats, stalls, music, choirs, environment fair, fun fair, children's farm, food
Rickmansworth Waterways Trust
Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Rickmansworth
See website for programme of many events. Link.

19 May 2019
Sunday
3:00pm

Bushey

Concert: Classics for Spring
Leos Janácek (Suite, op. 3), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Horn Concerto no. 2 in E flat, K417), Camille Saint-Saëns (Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28), Francis Poulenc (Sinfonietta)
With Joseph Longstaff (horn), Martin Smith (violin)
Bushey Symphony Orchestra
Bushey Academy, London Road, Bushey
£14 or £17 (child £1).
Tel: 07467 248 258. Link.

22 May 2019
Wednesday
7:30pm

Watford

Guitar Concert
Watford Guitar Project
Watford School of Music, 70 Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD18 7JA
Admission free.
Tel: 01442 385776 & 07957 932593. Link.

25 May 2019
Saturday
10:30am-3pm

Watford

Community Market Garden open day
Music, storytelling, refreshments, children's activities, plants and produce
New Hope
64 Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD18 7JA
Free entry
Access through a gate on the driveway of 62 Rickmansworth Road; no parking on the driveway.

25 May 2019
Saturday
2-5pm

Watford

A performing opportunity for musicians and singers of classical-or light music of any era, including your own compositions; solo or ensemble
Solo or ensembles
Eternal Chord
Friends' Meeting House, 150 Church Road, Watford WD17 4QB
Performers: adult £4, under-18 £2, audience free (small donation welcome)
Contact the organiser, David Silver (eternalchord@gmail.com). Piano available.

26 May 2019
Sunday
4:30pm

Watford

Sunday recital
Henrietta Cooke (oboe)

St Luke's Church, Langley Way, Watford
Free
A short recital, followed by light refreshments. All welcome, especially young aspiring musicians.
Tel: 01923 246161. Link.

3 June 2019
Monday
7:30pm

Watford

"Two remarkable women from Novgorod"
About Marfa Boretskaya, who fought against Tsar Ivan III, and Boyarynia Morozova, who spoke out against Tsar Alexis
Talk by Ruth Sobel, PhD
Watford-Novgorod Friendship Society
Quaker Meeting House, 150 Church Road, Watford WD17 4QB
£3 (member), £5 (non-member). Link.

5 June 2019
Wednesday
7:00pm

Bushey

Concert
Performed by student soloists, to include music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Chopin and Prokofiev
Friends of Bushey Museum
Purcell School, Aldenham Road, Bushey WD23 2TS
Free entry but with a retiring collection.



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