Patron: Lord Lloyd Webber

The Guildhall is a member society of NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association). NODA was established in 1899 for the express purpose of bringing together members of amateur operatic and dramatic societies for their mutual assistance and combined benefit. It is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK. It has a membership of just over 2,500 amateur/community theatre groups as well as just over 1,100 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country's leading professional theatres to village halls. Members have access to a wide range of benefits.

NODA is divided into 11 national regions. Each region is headed by a regional councillor who sits on the ruling body of the Association (The National Council) supported by a network of regional representatives and committee members who provide a vital link to the grass roots of the association. The Guildhall resides within the West Midlands region.

A national conference is held at a different centre each year, and there are also eleven area conferences. They provide an opportunity for members to meet and discuss matters of a common interest.

The Operatic Summer School and the Theatre courses held each year, provide first class training under highly qualified professional instructors. Bursaries and scholarships are available, mostly for young people. Weekend workshops on such diverse subjects as tap dancing, pantomime, lighting and makeup are staged at NODA headquarters and in regional centres. Whatever is needed for a show, NODA can either provide it or advise on where to get it.

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