A group of ladies and gentlemen are having lunch together.

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: 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:  John Fisher, Artistic Director, David Seligman Opera School, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
John, who was WNO Chief Executive and Artistic Director from 2006-2011, will give a talk on Così fan tutte, followed by a short coaching session with singers.
Date: Wednesday 18 March 6.45pm
Venue: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Tickets: £5


North Wales Friends  

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


Oxford Friends  

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

Event: AGM and Summer Oratorio - Camilla de Rossi Sant’Allesio
Refreshments will be served in the cloisters after the AGM 
Date: Wednesday 10 June 6.30pm
Venue: New College, Holywell Street, Oxford
Tickets: £12 (pay in advance, collect on arrival)
Contact: Susan Iles susan.iles@doctors.org.uk  | 01865 558866

Event: Galuppi La Diavolessa 
Opera in the Warden’s Garden, with picnic supper interval in the cloisters
Date: Saturday 11 Jul 6.30pm
Venue: New College, Holywell Street, Oxford
Tickets: £44
Contact: Bernadette Whittington | bwhittington2@btinternet.com | 01844 237551


Swansea & West Wales Friends  
Contact: Jennifer Macleod | 01792 463936 | macleod.jennifer@hotmail.com
Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, De La Beche Road, Sketty, Swansea SA2 9AR

Event: Aidan Lang, WNO’s new General Director
Date: Wednesday 18 March 7.30pm for 8pm

Event: ‘The Bad in Opera’ -  a talk by John Callister
Date: Wednesday 29 April 7.30pm for 8pm

Event: Concert with Donald Maxwell and students of the RWCMD. In memory of Cyril Goldstone.
Date: Friday 15 May 7pm
Venue: St Peter’s Church, Newton, Swansea SA3 4RB
Tickets: £10

Event: Patrick King, Timpani & Head of Percussion, WNO Orchestra
Date: Wednesday 20 May 7.30pm – preceded by the AGM

Event: Coach trip to WNO's production of The Nightingale / Bluebeard’s Castle, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Date: Thursday 11 June Tickets: £63