Meet WNO

Christopher Hodges

No.3 Cello

Chris studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with the distinguished Welsh cellist, George Isaac, before winning a scholarship for further study in London.

Chris worked as a London freelance player for a short while before joining WNO. As a long-standing member of the orchestra, Chris has enjoyed collaborating with colleagues in chamber music performances, forming the New Welsh String Quartet in earlier years that gave concerts for music societies, schools and universities and more recently a cello duet.

Chris’s personal highlights with WNO so far have included performing the operas of Mozart, Janáček and Berlioz with Charles Mackerras, the Italian and Bel Canto repertoire with Carlo Rizzi, orchestral concerts with Lothar Koenigs and more recently Dvořák and Shostakovich with current WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus. As a member of the cello section, Chris has found their recent contribution to Eugene Onegin and Tosca to be particularly satisfying.

Away from WNO, Chris enjoys reading, listening to music (mainly classical and jazz), hill walking and golf. He currently lives in Tonyrefail with his wife Janet, has three children and two grandchildren, with another on the way. Chris gets involved with music making in his community whenever possible and has organised a series of free chamber music recitals, with the great help of colleagues, in Tonyrefail for the past 10 years.