The National Operatic and Dramatic Association was established in 1899 for the purpose of bringing together members of amateur operatic and dramatic societies for their mutual assistance and combined benefit.
It is estimated that NODA has over 1,800 individual members throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. The association is a registered charity, and has the privilege of having a Royal patron.
The association is governed by a council comprising an elected councillor from each of the 12 major areas into which NODA divides the British Isles. Each area is covered by Regional representatives who form a committee under the council. Thus NODA can provide a local and personal service wherever there is an amateur society.