Community Chorus | Welsh National Opera

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Welsh National Opera’s roots lie in members of the community coming together driven by their love of song. WNO Community Chorus welcomes adult amateur singers of all ages and backgrounds from across Wales (and over the border) to come and take part in operatic experiences with WNO and be part of our WNO community.

WNO Community Chorus is not a set group of singers; each WNO Community Chorus performance will have a new sign-up process. Recruitment will either be non-auditioned or auditioned depending on the nature of the final performance.


WNO Community Chorus supported by Clive & Sylvia Richards

WNO Taste of Rabble Rousers Spring 2018Back to top

Take part with WNO Community Chorus

We are delighted to share with you four opportunities to get closer to WNO, join our Community Chorus and get a taste of our new rabble rousers season. You can enjoy the music, sing excerpts as part of WNO Community Chorus, find out more about the operas and watch a performance afterwards. These events are at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and Venue Cymru, Llandudno, and are a real treat for all keen singers and opera fans, and an inside look at the workings of our world class opera company. At each of these sessions you can:

Led by WNO Community Chorus master, Kate Woolveridge, you are invited to explore the musical world of each opera in an accessible and engaging session that includes an introductory singing masterclass. It is suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, and offers a unique opportunity to sing together with members of the WNO Chorus.

Enjoy hearing an interpretation of the story of the opera, understand the characters and their roles, with insights from some of our cast and creative teams.

Have the chance to see our professionals up close in an informal setting as they perform excerpts from the opera, and hear the inside info on the production including a Q&A with company members from Welsh National Opera.

After each Taste of session you will have the opportunity to enjoy the opera performed by WNO at Wales Millennium Centre*.

There are four Taste of sessions to accompany the operas in the Spring 2018 Season and they are open to anyone aged 18 and over.

Three sessions are at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff in February 2018

•Sunday 11 February Taste of Tosca 11am-2pm (with Tosca starting at 4pm)
•Saturday 17 February Taste of La forza del destino 2-5pm (with La Forza del destino starting at 6.30pm)
•Saturday 24 February Taste of Don Giovanni  11am-2pm (with Don Giovanni starting at 4pm)

One session is at Venue Cymru, Llandudno in April 2018
•Saturday 21 April Taste of La forza del destino 2-5pm (with La Forza del destino starting at 6.30pm)

To book your space for any of the Taste of sessions please click here and fill in the form.



*The Taste of sessions are free but your opera tickets will need to be booked and paid for directly at the respective venues:

•Cardiff | Wales Millennium Centre Ticket Office on 029 2063 6464 or online

•Llandudno | Venue Cymru Box Office on 01492 872000 or online

If you have any queries or difficulties with booking for sessions please email


Spaces for the Taste of sessions will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment.

WNO Community Chorus: Rhondda Rips It Up!Back to top

This year our South Wales based WNO Community Chorus will be taking on a special project. We have selected an all-female Chorus to perform in our Summer production, Rhondda Rips It Up! as well as performing in Mahler 3 with Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra. 

For more information about this project please email


Further InformationBack to top

Keep checking this page for details of our next Community Chorus event, and how to take part. To be kept informed about future WNO Community Chorus events and applications, please email Youth & Community Producer Ruth Evans.