Brent Opera West Hampstead was founded in 1921, and its performances have continued annually for almost 100 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.
Two costumed productions are staged each year, one in late January and one in late June, the summer show usually being lighter than the winter one. Both shows 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 environment, as well as performing in public.