Music events

Music events coming soon at the Pump House…

The Pump House – Theatre

While we are unable to fully open our doors, we and our creative Pump House community of artists and organisations are carrying on some activities with social distancing and online.  Watch out for details about upcoming masterclasses, workshops and events.

As the situation progresses and we get past the initial lockdown, we will also offer ways that you can enjoy art, shows, clubs and events safely either onsite or online through live broadcasts.

Keep safe and keep creating.

Please help The Pump House continue through and beyond Covid-19

Donate here - www.justgiving.com/campaign/PumpHouse

The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre has been running for over 46 years and there have been so much incredible Art, Music Dance and Drama to ooze out of this old Pumping Station over that time. This year alone we have had over 20,000 people from all ages and backgrounds step over the threshold to either entertain or be entertained. The biggest story however is that all of this is run by volunteers – over 1500 per year which is remarkable. This is truly a community theatre and arts centre and if you were to start this from scratch it would be very hard to recreate this incredible community place.

92% of our income comes from our doors being open, with only 8% coming from funding streams. In this day and age that is pretty remarkable, however with our doors closed then it is hard to generate this income. We have not however been sitting on our laurels. The Pump House and our community have been putting plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied online. Our Children and Youth had an online Cabaret; EUTV was developed by the amazing Electric Umbrella; Jazz has been played online weekly; Ghost stories are being told; Shakespeare Monologue workshops with the incredible Tom Kanji and IsoVision has been set up to help people get over the devastation of the Eurovision being cancelled…or not possibly just for fun. All of this is free for you to access by going to www.pumphouse.info. We will be publishing everything we are doing here.

We do however, need your support if possible. To be able to keep our doors open and be here for the future we need some help. Are you able to do a fundraiser for us or are you able to donate? Your support will help us ensure that The Pump House doors remain open for generations to come. Thank you.

Pump House LIVE Jazz Club presents:

The Pump House Jazz Club – WATFORD

*** Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak and current advice events cancelled until further notice ***

The Pump House Jazz Club has been a thriving jazz venue in Watford for the part 48 years. Founded in 1972 by Trevor Hodgkinson and Neville Marsh, in the newly acquired buildings that were to become the Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre.

The first bands were alternating each week between Trevor Anthony's Jazz Men and Richard Leach's Northside Jazz band, which formed a great basis to establish traditional jazz in the Watford area.

In the late 1970s the Club was set on a more formal footing with Reg & Margaret Bright booking different bands each week. A typical month saw Ken Sims All Stars, Trevor Anthony Jazz Men, Northside Jazz Band, Monty Sunshine and Main Avenue Jazz Band.

Since those heady smoky nights, the Pump House Jazz Club is still thriving - in fact it is becoming the Preservation Hall of Hertfordshire & London attracting the top jazz bands on the circuit. Recently the Club has updated the facilities for audiences and bands with LED controlled lighting and a professional sound system.

We are pleased that a more diverse programme is attracting a younger audience (under 50!) who are enjoying the varied styles of Jazz, not to mention a well-stocked bar selling real ales, a selection of filled rolls made on the day and a fun raffle.

Do come and visit the Club you will be given a warm welcome and enjoy bands from UK, Europe and USA. With n entry price (a donation) of £10, it's not only excellent value for money, but a great night out as well.

If you cannot find space within The Pump House Car Park, there are several alternatives within walking distance, but be aware of their time limits !

General Enquiries: pumphouse.jazz@virginmedia.com / 020 8950 3513 or 07887 666615

"Click on the band link in the list of events below for more information about each band" 

 Every Thursday 8.15-11.00 pm

 £10.00 donation on the Door (no booking)            

Free car parking  (2 minute walk from Watford High Street Overground railway station)

Watford Open Mic presents:

Watford Open Mic @ The Pump House

*** Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak and current advice events cancelled until further notice ***

Every Tuesday night 8pm to 11pm doors open 7:30pm

We have been running Watford Open Mic for 12 years now. We offer 10 or 15 min slots and provide full sound. Cd's and DVDs available on request for £3 ...All ages and styles are very welcome, we have a piano on site too..

This is an open mic run by musicians for musicians, our youngest performer was 8, our oldest 90.. Come along and meet the team, a friendly welcome awaits..pre book via Facebook to guarantee a spot. (members only...apply to join)

Entry is £3 -  under 16's free..

Come and say hi, a warm welcome awaits......

Find us Facebook group pages: Open Mic Watford or Watford Open Mic (apply to join)

 

watfordopenmic@hotmail.com

 

Doors open 7.30pm

Watford Folk Club presents:

Watford Folk Club

*** Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak and current advice events cancelled until further notice ***

The Watford Folk Club: Fridays, 8 pm - 11 pm in  the Colne River Room

The Watford Folk Club is the friendliest Folk Club in Watford. There has been a Folk Club at The Pump House since 1973 and the present club was founded in 2008 and is a run by a committee and willing volunteers, all of whom are passionate about Folk Music.
The Watford Folk Club has an enviable reputation for the quality and the quantity of its floor singers/players and for headlining new and established Folk performers.
We run “Guest Nights”, “Singarounds”, “Spotlight Singarounds” and “Songwriters Circles”  On a Guest Night, a professional or semi-professional Folk/Acoustic performer will play two 40-minute sets and a number of Floor Spots are available. At Singarounds, chairs are arranged in a circle and anyone can sing a song or two or play a piece or two. People also come to the club just to listen to the high-quality music. There is never any obligation to perform! Spotlight Singarounds feature two 20-minute sets at a Singaround from local supporters of the club. Songwriters Circles feature three local songwriters, discussing what inspires their writing and their individual songwriting process, plus performances of their songs.
Admission is by suggested minimum and varies from £5 (at Singarounds & Spotlights) to £7-£15 (at Guest nights).

There is a real ale bar, great acoustics and a friendly welcome every week.
We’re really pleased with our lineup for this year, featuring not only major folk artists but also amazing local talent. Members of the club are active on the folk scene and can often be found performing at local and national festivals and events. We also play at fundraising events for charity.
For the latest information visit us at: www.watfordfolkclub.co.uk Find us on Facebook: Watford Folk Club or Email: WatfordFolkClub@outlook.com
We look forward to seeing you very soon!!!!

[Note: The Watford Folk Club no longer has a telephone number].

Friday Evening from 8pm - 11pm

watfordfolkclub.co.uk

Music24 presents:

Music 24

'Musical Herts is a community music therapy project supporting people diagnosed with dementia and their carers. This group has been running for 3 years now and provides a creative outlet that maintains and improves people's physical, mental and emotional well-being. Activities include : improvising on a wide range of instruments, singing familiar songs and dancing.People also have the opportunity to socialise with others in the group and make friends.

Light refreshments are provided.

Session price suggested voluntary  donation £5 carers FREE

The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month from 10:00 - 11:30 am. (please check diary as dates are sometime changed)

Please note, this group is not a drop-in. Access is by referral only (including self-referrals) so please call us to find out more.

Call: 07521 248091 email- info@music24.org.uk or visit the website www.music24.org..uk

 

Light refreshments are provided. Suggested voluntary contribution is £5 pp, carers go free !

For more information call Teela on 07521 248091 or visit www.musicalherts.org.uk

Celebrate Jazz Watford presents:

Celebrate Jazz Watford ‘Future Now Gala Concert featuring Emma Smith’

A special one-off evening featuring the Emma Smith Quartet plus fabulous Jazz musicians of the future from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and The Purcell School for Young Musicians.

This one-off gala concert is an opportunity to hear both the talent of tomorrow and share in the acclaimed vocal gifts of Emma Smith with a rare local performance.

With a full bar and a pop-up bistro kitchen serving cold creole treats, this promises to be a memorable Friday evening both to relax and enjoy the very best of young jazz - getting a taste of the vibrant modern UK scene.

Tickets: £20 on Eventbrite or email jazzwatfordlive@gmail.com