History

Hulviz Amateur Music Society, formerly Hulviz Operatic Society, was founded in 1929 in Woolwich by a group of musical enthusiasts headed by the legendary Helen Ladbrooke.

Hulviz started with the show “The Street Singer” at the Eltham Parish Hall, now The Bob Hope Theatre.  During the subsequent years, the Company moved to Woolwich Garrison Theatre, Princess Theatre Crayford, The Woolwich Empire, The Trident Theatre, The Orchard and full circle back to The Bob Hope Theatre.

The most frequently asked question is….where does the name Hulviz come from?  It is an Anglo Saxon word meaning “a place of owls” from which the name Woolwich evolved.

Hulviz has always been a family group with parents, children, husbands and wives performing together and this is the ethos that we have always carried forward with us.  In 2009 we changed our name from operatic to musical society to reflect the change in direction of the Society.  Just as Helen Ladbrooke led Hulviz to perform new and exciting shows for the local community over 80 years ago, the Society is true to her ideals now and is continuing to grow year on year.

We have always held the relationship with our audience close and without the support we would not still be here all these years later.  Here’s to another 80 years and many more families growing in their love of musical theatre.