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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: Margaret Borkowski 01275 848526 borkmail@gmail.com
Venue: Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Road, Bristol BS9 3AW

Event: Welcome to Singers from the RWCMD
Concert from students of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, introduced by Donald Maxwell and Suzanne Murphy.
Date: Wednesday 20 March 7.15pm
Admission: Friends £5.00 | Visitors £7.00 | Students £1.00

Event: The Not So Silent Library
Georgina Govier, Librarian sheds light on the everyday demands on the WNO Music Library and plays some of her favourite music.
Date: Wednesday 17 April 7.15pm
Admission: Friends £5.00 | Visitors £7.00 | Students £1.00

Event: An Evening with Dame Felicity Palmer
Dame Felicity, one of the outstanding singers of her generation, talks about her distinguished international career.
Date: Wednesday 15 May 7.15pm
Admission: 
Friends £5.00 | Visitors £7.00 | Students £1.00

Event: Comedy Tonight
Donald Maxwell on operatic characters he has performed around the world. Preceded by AGM.
Date: Wednesday 12 June 7.15pm
Admission: Friends £5.00 | Visitors £7.00 | Students £1.00


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

Event: From Studio to Stage 
Sarah Crisp (Assistant Director) offers insights into the creative process of staging an opera, from rehearsals to opening night and beyond. Sarah was Revival Director for WNO's La traviata in Autumn 2018 and Staff Director for The Magic Flute in Spring 2019.
Date: Monday 8 April
Venue: 
The Discovery Inn, Celyn Avenue, Lakeside, Cardiff CF23 6FH
Time: 7.30pm (buffet) 8.15pm (talk)
Tickets: £16 (with buffet) £5 (talk only) from Peter Patterson

Event: The Gondoliers 
Donald Maxwell talks about Gilbert & Sullivan and The Gondoliers with illustrative performances.
Date: Thursday 2 May 
Venue: Weston Gallery, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Time: From 5.30pm (buffet) 6.45pm (talk)
Admission: £16 (with buffet) £5 (talk only) from Peter Patterson


North Wales Friends  

Contact : Roz Jones 01492 860251 rozjones@uwclub.net
Event : Welsh National Opera week. Contact Roz Jones if you can help sell programmes on any evening.
Date 24-27 April
Venue Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Event: Coffee Concert with members of the WNO Chorus and Orchestra. 
Date: Thursday 25 April
Venue: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Mostyn Street, Llandudno LL30 2NL
Admission: £5

Event: Annual Lunch
A great chance to catch up with friends over excellent food, with special guest speaker Rufus Adam.
Date: Wednesday 8 May
Venue: Conwy Golf Club, Beacons Way, Conwy, LL32 8E


Oxford Friends  

Event: Un ballo in maschera Coach trip to WNO’s production at Milton Keynes Theatre
Date: Wednesday 27 March
Tickets: £68 Book by 1 November
Contact: Rosalie Sadler rosaliemsadler@icloud.com 01844 290210

Event: Handel: Il pastor fido.Opera in the Warden’s Garden, with interval and picnic supper in the cloisters (bring your own). 
Date: Saturday 13 July 6.30pm
Venue: Warden’s Garden, New College, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3BN
Tickets: £44
Contact: Bernadette Whittington bwhittington2@btinternet.com 01844 237551


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

Event: Encouraging everyone 
Zoe Milton-Brown talks about her work with WNO in schools and local communities across Wales.
Date: Wednesday 20 March, 7.30pm

Event: Globetrotting and other adventures
Violinist Sali-Wyn Ryan gives a glimpse into life with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Date: Wednesday 17 April, 7.30pm

Event: Donald Maxwell
Concert featuring Donald Maxwell and students of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Venue St Peter’s Church, Newton, Swansea, SA3 4RB
Date: Wednesday 3 May, 7pm
Admission: £10

Event: Puccini: A festival of opera in Tuscany
An illustrated talk by John Callister. The meeting will be preceded by the AGM.
Date: Wednesday 15 May, 7.30pm