CAOS Musical Society
There are lots of new choirs popping up these days but CAOS Musical Society have been going since 1969 and have a proven track record. CAOS has been entertaining the Vale of Glamorgan since 1969 and wish to continue to do so for many years to come.
We meet on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm in the Community Centre, Glyndwr Avenue, St. Athan.
Our members come from the surrounding area, Cowbridge, Barry, Rhoose, St. Athan and Llantwit Major.
We used to be known as Cowbridge Amateur Operatic society but changed our name to the above as we felt that this description suits today’s Society better. We are a mixed SATB choir and aim to sing all types of music, to please all tastes.
We perform concerts in various venues in the Vale such as Rhoose Community Centre, Cowbridge Town Hall, St Athan Community Centre, Wick Village Hall, Llantonian Hall in Lantwit Major, Cowbridge May Fair, Dinas Powys Parish Hall.
Throughout the years, CAOS Musical Society have been fortunate enough to be guided by a series of very talented individuals who have brought out the best musical performances from it’s members
Our current MD, Mrs Diane Normansell, joined us in the autumn of 2015 following her retirement as Headteacher at Llanfair Primary School in St Mary Church. During a teaching career spanning more than 40 years Diane has been both pianist and musical director of school, church and village choirs as well as an amateur dramatics group. She has produced many shows and musicals with children. One of her professional highlights was when she conducted massed choirs of primary school children in Cardiff’s St David’s Hall. Diane is passionate about music and believes that everyone can benefit both mentally and physically through an enjoyment of music and the language of song.
We have benefitted from the talents of a few different accompanists, the most recent being professional musician David Winterbottom. David is an experienced pianist, accompanist and musical director having worked with a number of theatre groups across South Wales. David graduated from RWCMD with a postgraduate diploma in piano performance and continues to perform in many concerts with the Borders Ensemble across the country.
Although, we enjoy singing as a choir, we would love to be able to perform a full show, as we have in the past, our last one being ‘Oklahoma’ which took place in Llantwit Major School in 2013. We returned to the stage in October 2016 with a modern production of “Trial By Jury”, which we performed in Dinas Powys and Rhoose.
To be able to do this and other shows again we really need some new members in the group. We would give a really big welcome to anyone who feels that they could enjoy being involved either on stage or off stage. Even if this seems too difficult or too big a commitment, we will still be performing as a choir and would love to see anyone who may be interested, at our Wednesday night rehearsals. Our starting age is 16years.