About Us

BRENT OPERA WEST HAMPSTEAD was founded in 1921, and its performances have continued annually without a break for over 90 years.

Originally an evening class named ‘The Kilburn Polytechnic Vocal Music Class’ and later ‘Willesden Operatic Society', it became Brent Opera in 1980.
In 1998 the company changed its main performing venue from Brent Town Hall to St. Andrew’s Church in West Hampstead, where it also rehearses. It is now called Brent Opera West Hampstead to reflect the change of venue, but continue to be connected to its important heritage.

BRENT OPERA WEST HAMPSTEAD puts on two fully staged, costumed productions a year. In the summer the company often peforms an Operetta or Operatic excerpts. and in the winter a complete opera. Both seasons run for four evenings, and are double cast. They are accompanied by piano or small ensemble.

The company encourages the involvement of singers of all ages, whether experienced or just starting out. Many of our soloists have gone on to have international careers, and the company provides an excellent opportunity for singers to 'try out' roles in a friendly enviroment, as well as performing in public.

Brent Opera West Hampstead is a subscription based company, and as such does not pay fees.

The company also holds regular social evenings.

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