Events - Arts and Culture at WBGS
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
The Arts and culture are an essential element of school life at Watford Grammar School for Boys. Every student is encouraged to explore their own creativity and find their passion, be it for music, art or drama. The School is fortunate to have excellent performance spaces, art and dance studios in which students can share their works with an audience.
Forthcoming Events 2022
Music at Watford Boys
Wednesday 23rd March 2022
Thursday 24th March 2022
Thursday 30th June 2022
All concerts will begin at 7:00pm within The Clarendon Muse concert hall.
Tickets will be available to purchase online closer to the date of the concert.
Drama at Watford Boys
Junior School Production Summer 2022
We are delighted to announce that a large scale musical production will take place this summer. More information and dates coming soon...watch this space!
Reviews of previous events
Music - Autumn Concerts 2021
We were delighted with the boys’ efforts to bring music back to what had been an often quiet Muse Concert Hall. As a result, the 180 boys managed to recapture the atmosphere and musical quality witnessed on so many past occasions before a grateful and very proud audience. The concerts started with a performance that should have occurred in the summer if we had been able to have our usual Prizewinners’ Concert. Kaeshav Anand and Ben Post had both been awarded the Rosebowl by the visiting adjudicator at the Music Competition. I thought it would be fitting to restart our concert series with one of these solo performances. Ben has now left school, but Kaeshav is still with us and he started the proceedings with two Kaputsin Concert Etudes that were absolutely outstanding and had the audience on their feet. Many of our new year 7 students had had very few opportunities for performance in their primary schools during the pandemic, so in September we put them all together to create the Year 7 Orchestra; they presented Mars Bonfire’s Born to be Wild most effectively, some of the students playing in a concert for the very first time. Following the brass ensemble’s lively rendition of Bruce Fraser’s Bossa Nova, it was the turn of the Senior Choir to present a programme of popular pieces: Barbra Ann, made famous by the Beach Boys, two Lennon and McCartney songs, When I’m 64 and With a little help from my Friends and the more recent A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman. After a period of a year and half with no singing or very little singing either in class or in ensembles due to the restrictions, it was really great to hear the combined voices of the Senior Choir again. Quincy Jones’s Soul Bossa Nova was the chosen piece for the Intermediate Wind Band, and their performance was most enjoyable to listen to. Just before the interval it was the turn of the Big Band with two pieces, firstly the Neal Hefti original, Splanky made famous by Count Basie and his orchestra. There were great solo moments from Charlie C, Will V and Tom H and once again an exciting ensemble sound produced by so many new members. The second piece was Mongo Santamaria’s Afro Blue with exciting solos from Geoff C and Kaeshav A. At the start of the second half of the concert, the Rising Star Trophy was awarded to Sammy Lewis for the musical potential witnessed during lockdown when he submitted excellent solo video recordings for our music projects. He also gained a place in the National Children’s Orchestra, a great achievement and honour for one of our young trombonists. The next musical item was the Brass Band’s performance of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, played with great energy and character. The Senior Wind Band were in fine form too with their rendition of Paul Mertha’s arrangement of Queen of Soul and then John Williams’ iconic music to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The final group to play was the Senior Orchestra with Tchaikovsky’s March Slav and then a spectacular arrangement of pieces linked together by references to New York and entitled A Salute to the Big Apple. It was a real pleasure to introduce many new players to the delights of orchestral playing and produce an electric performance to round off the evening’s entertainment. Echoing the Headmaster’s summing up, this was truly outstanding and everyone should be very proud of their achievements and indeed being part of the eagerly awaited renaissance of live concert performances at school.
Director of Music
Autumn Concerts 2021
"I went to the concert, it was fab."