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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: 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: 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
Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, De La Beche Road, Sketty, Swansea SA2 9AR

Event: Christmas Party: an evening with Joe Morgan

Date: Wednesday 11 December 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

Event: Coach trip to WNO's production of Les vêpres siciliennes at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Date: Saturday 22 February
Tickets: £56

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

Event: Patrick King, Percussion Section Leader, WNO Orchestra
Date: Wednesday 22 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: ‘The Bad in Opera’a talk by John Callister
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