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December 19, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Watford Philharmonic Christmas concert
Terry Edwards, conductor
Clara Sanabras , soprano and baroque guitar
The Watford Philharmonic Society was established by Sir Henry Wood (of BBC Proms fame) in 1935. Today they are one of the largest amateur societies in the UK combining choir and orchestra and, as a result, have a massive repertoire of classical music to choose from for their performances.
With its current forces of some 170 members, the Watford Philharmonic Society continues the tradition, unbroken since the earliest days, of putting on four concerts a year. Since 1940 almost all have benefitted from the splendid acoustics of what is now the Watford Colosseum.
With the arrival of Terry Edwards, then recently retired as Chorus Master at Covent Garden, there has been some emphasis on Opera with a concert versions of Carmen,Samson & Delilah, and The Bartered Bride as well as works such as Walton’sBelshazzar’s Feast, and Karl Jenkin’s The Armed Man. This has still left room for ‘fun’ works such as concert versions of Sullivan’s Yeomen of the Guard, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, extracts from Les Miserables and the annual celebrations of the Christmas Carol Concer