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LONG-AWAITED: Watford Philharmonic Society set for live performance return

 Published on: 3rd March 2022   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford Philharmonic Society (WPS) will present Handel’s Messiah at the Bushey Arena on March 26, two years after the original performance had to be cancelled at short notice due to COVID-19 restrictions.

After almost 18 months online, WPS members were thrilled to return to rehearsals and performances in September, ready to present a full season of concerts.  

Professional soloists Emily Rowley-Jones (soprano), Kate Fun (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Pochin (tenor) and Peter Coleman (bass) will perform alongside around 100 members of the WPS choir and the Watford Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by resident musical director, Michael Cayton. 

Kate Fun and Peter Coleman will be performing with WPS for the first time. 

Emily Rowley-Jones, WPS’s soprano soloist, said: “Messiah is such a beautiful and rousing work with promise and passion. 

“Vocally, there is everything from coloratura passages to beautiful lamenting legato sections – it has something for everyone.”

Pauline Rogers, choir member, said: “Monday night WPS rehearsals are the highlight of my week. It is a treat to work with Michael Cayton and to be so well prepared for our concerts. I can’t wait to perform The Messiah.”

The performance will start at 7:30pm, at the Bushey Arena. 

Tickets £20 for adults, £5 for under 19s. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone on 07843 192016.

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