Ware

The town and many of the surrounding villages are well served for both the visual and performing Arts whether you wish to take part or simply watch or listen. The Cinematic arts are not commercially catered for locally but there are multi screen theatres in Hatfield, Harlow & Stevenage which are easily accessible. Details of their programmes are published in all local newspapers.

Ware Arts Centre

Part of an old malting converted for use as studios for art, music, dance, theatre and all arts subjects. Space available for rental by individuals or groups. Current users include children's dance and theatre, Sinfonia Orchestra, Operatic Society, Photographic Society and many others.

For further details or to book a meeting or event please see the Website

The Ware Art Group

A small group of artists who meet at the Maltings every Wednesday evening during the winter period and at various outdoor venues in the better weather. They are also the moving spirits behind the annual art exhibition held over the Spring bank holiday weekend. New members welcome.

Age Concern Art Circle

An art group based in the Age Concern Riverside Hall situated in Priory Street, Ware.

Ware Operatic Society

The major performing arts society in the area which rehearses at the Ware Arts Centre and performs at The Castle Hall in Hertford. Its repertoire comprises Gilbert and Sullivan and other operetta to a selection from a variety of operas or musicals.

New members are always welcome and details can be obtained from the Secretary or any member of the Society. Website

Ware Operatic Society Variety Group

A group comprising members of the Ware Operatic Society who perform Variety concerts and Sing-a-long entertainment's. Most of the performances are for the benefit of charitable organisations such as Age Concern and the Hertford Lions. Their full show which changes each year is divided into a number of segments. The show can therefore be split up and tailor-made to last from half an hour up the full show of two hours. New performers are very welcome and bookings for any length of performance considered.

Schools of Dance
Schools of dance operating in Ware include:
The Premier School of Dance.

Ware Choral Society

The Choral Society performs at least three concerts each year, recent programmes have included `Elijah' (Mendelssohn), Handel's `Messiah' and the 'Missa Solemnis (Beethoven).

We are always pleased to welcome new members to join in an enjoyable, challenging and fulfilling leisure activity. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays in the Riverside Hall (Age Concern Centre), Priory Street, Ware from 7.25 p.m.

There are no auditions for chorus membership, but a good singing voice, some ability in reading music and enthusiastic approach are useful attributes. Concerts are performed locally and occasionally in London. Website for further details.

Maltings Sinfonia

Primarily an amateur orchestra rehearsing in Ware Arts Centre and performing in St. Mary's Church, Ware. It is also regularly employed as the resident orchestra for Ware Operatic Society. It tackles all types of orchestral music under the leadership of its Musical Director, Christopher Tilbury. The main concerts take place in late spring and on New Years Eve and the proceeds are often used in aid of various charities. Website

Ware Brass

Ware Brass has been in existence for over 100 years. They practise in High Cross Village Hall every Monday evening. They have performed numerous concerts; many of these for Ware Town Council in the Grounds of the Priory over the summer months and of course a Christmas concert. Ware Brass have been newly promoted to the Third Section.

The President of Ware Brass is John Sharples. The band is always looking for new players and the Secretary would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining. Website

Ware Arts Centre Poetry Group

A very popular group which meets on the first Friday evening in each month at the Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane. Poetry readings are given by both local and nationally known writers. Encouragement is given to poets at every level of experience. Recent guests have included Sophie Hannah, talented young poet, and Jonathon Davidson, a Gregory Award and Bridport prize winner. Website for further details.

Ware & District Photographic Society

Anyone interested in Photography is welcome - beginner and experienced photographer. Meeting at Ware Arts Centre on Wednesdays they run a complete programme including Practical evenings, illustrated talks, outings, competitions, exhibitions instruction and social occasions. Website for further details.

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