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WNO Friends branches

As well as our opera productions and youth and community activities, WNO supporters are also welcome to attend events organised by WNO Friends branches.

There are five Friends branches around Wales and England with a wide variety of events taking place all year round. Get in touch with your local branch to see what’s happening in your area…


Bristol & West of England Friends  

Contact: Melanie David | 01934 842014 | melaniejdavid@btinternet.com
Venue: Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Road, Bristol BS9 3AW
Admission: Friends £5.00 | Visitors £7.00 | Students £1.00

Event: Carmen
Ian Cartwright explores the opera ahead of WNO's new production
Date: Wednesday 18 September 7.15pm

Event: Second Post
Chris Thomas on more letters in opera
Date: Wednesday 16 October 7.15pm

Event: Janacek as an Opera Composer
By Nigel Simeone, author of The Janáček Compendium.
Date: Wednesday 20 November 7.15pm

Event: Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes
A day school led by Andrew Borkowski
Date: Saturday 15 February 10am – 4pm, bookable in advance

Event: Sally Ann Bird – The Fund Raising Years
Sally talks about her 30 years at WNO.
Date: Wednesday 18 March 7.15pm

Event: ‘Only opera can do this’
Dave Martin explains what, how and why.
Date: Wednesday 15 April 7.15pm

Event: Castaway’s Choice
With international opera singer Sir Thomas Allen
Date: Wednesday 20 May 7.15pm

Event: Friends’ Favourites
An opportunity to present your favourite item of music. Preceded by the AGM.
Date: Wednesday 17 June 7.15pm


Cardiff & South East Wales Friends
Contact : Peter Patterson | 029 2061 9166 | peter.patterson419@btinternet.com

Event: Elin Jones, WNO Nicholas John Dramaturg, Dr Laura Moeckli, Bern University, Switzerland, Dr Clair Rowden, Reader in Musicology, Cardiff University, Dr Lola San Martín Arbide, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris.
Following a brief introduction to WNO's Autumn Season by Elin Jones, the speakers will discuss performances of Carmen through history, focusing on performers, performance traditions, productions and scores.
Date: Sunday 15 September, 2.30pm
Venue: Octagon, School of Music, Cardiff University, Corbett Road, Cardiff, CF10 3EB
Admission: £5

Event: The Foyle Opera Rara Collection: opening up a treasure trove.
A talk by Judith Dray, Archivist of Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Date:  Tuesday 15 October, evening - 5.30pm (buffet), 6.45pm (talk)
Venue: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Admission: £5 (talk only), £16 (with buffet)

Event: Donald Maxwell – a masterclass with students from the David Seligman Opera School at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Date:  Thursday 28 November, 7.30pm
Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Whitchurch, Cardiff
Admission: £10.  Please note there is no food at this event but drinks will be available to purchase.


North Wales Friends  

Contact : Roz Jones | 01492 860251 | rozjones@uwclub.net


Oxford Friends  

Event: Castaway's Choice
Guest: Rupert Christiansen, Journalist and Opera Critic for the Daily Telegraph.
Date: Sunday 17 November, 5pm 
Venue: St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road, Oxford, OX2 6LE
Tickets: £25
Contact: Mark Charnock | 07774803540 | 01869350149 | fmlcharnock@yahoo.com 
Followed by the Branch AGM at 7.30pm. All Friends are very welcome to stay and participate.

Event: Coach trip to WNO’s production of Les vêpres siciliennes 
Date: Saturday 4 April
Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre
Time: Leaving Water Eaton Park and Ride (Oxford Parkway) at 4.00pm. 
Tickets: £70
Contact: Rosalie Sadler | rosaliemsadler@icloud.com | 01844 290210


Swansea & West Wales Friends  
Contact: Jennifer Macleod | 01792 463936 | macleod.jennifer@hotmail.com 

Event: Coach trip to WNO's production of Carmen
Date: Sunday 6 October
Venue: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Tickets: £56