In a roarsome show that is both entertaining and educational, sing, dance and clap along to some of our favourite pieces of music from stage and screen.

Set sail on the high seas with Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman; escape to the mountains with Grieg’s instantly recognisable Hall of the Mountain King and walk alongside dinosaurs with John Williams’s epic Jurassic Park Theme.

In an afternoon that’s suitable for all ages, meet members of WNO ORCHESTRA, learn fun facts and enjoy great music in a relaxed setting.

One look at the trailer below will show you how much fun the day is. The smiles and wide-eyed excitement on the kids faces pretty much says it all…….


In addition to a substantial operatic remit, the WNO Orchestra has a stature and reputation as a world-class ensemble in its own right. This is demonstrated by its ongoing distinguished involvement in the St David’s Hall International Concert Series and Welsh Proms in Cardiff each year, as well as its place as one of two national orchestras from Wales featured in the acclaimed Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. 

The WNO Orchestra also has a well-established concert touring programme to regional venues throughout Wales, including an annual Viennese New Year tour as well a regular summer series of popular operatic concerts across all four corners of the country. It also plays a central role in the schools and family concerts. 

WNO Orchestra

And as you may have noticed in the trailer, the WNO like to don the t-shirts and let their hair down on what is a fun, and a slightly different day for them too.

Get up close and personal with some more dinosaurs with Steve Pickett’s Dinosaur Rumpus, based on Tony Mitton’s ever-popular children’s book, BumpusJumpus Dinosaurumpus, featuring vivid video projections and original narration from their wonderful presenter TOM REDMOND.

As well a being a presenter Tom in his own right. He’s introduced over 350,000 young people and their families to classical music, all the way from Dublin to Hong Kong. You can also hear him broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 from venues and festivals across the UK.  

From presenting the BBC Proms; changing into a wetsuit inside a box on stage at the Royal Albert Hall; performing as Elvis Presley with WNO in Hong Kong and conducting the Hallé Orchestra with 23 minutes notice, Tom will

Tom Redmond

Of course, a WNO family experience wouldn’t be complete without free foyer activities which include a treasure hunt, face painting and more.

The WNO PLAY OPERA LIVE DINOSAUR DISCOVERIES is on Sunday 11th September from 1pm, with those free family activities in the foyer of the Wales Millennium Centre. Tickets for the concert, which begins at 3pm, are only £30 for a family of four (two Adults) or £35 for a family of five (two adults). For more details, and to get tickets go HERE.

Incidentally, of you are in Plymouth in October, WNO are doing it all again at the Theatre Royal on Sunday 30th October.

Cover Photo: Kirsten McTernan