CAOS Musical Society

CAOS Musical Society

About CAOS

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.


  • These are a few of the songs we have performed at local concerts

    A Real Nice Clam Bake   ♦   Abba Medley   ♦   All I Owe Ioway   ♦   Annie’s Song   ♦   Anthem From Chess   ♦   Aquarius   ♦    
    Big Spender   ♦   Black Hills Of Dakota   ♦   Bloody Mary   ♦   Blue Danube   ♦   
    California Dreaming   ♦   Chatanooga Choo Choo   ♦    Climb Every Mountain   ♦   Colours Of The Wind   ♦   Cwm Rhondda   ♦   
    Dance a Canchuca   ♦   Delaney’s Donkey   ♦   
    Edelweiss   ♦   
    Ferry Cross The Mersey   ♦   Fields Of Gold   ♦   Fix You   ♦   Flower Drum Song   ♦   Fly Me To The Moon   ♦   
    Hail Poetry   ♦   Hallelujah   ♦   Hela’r Sgyfarnog   ♦   Highland Cathedral   ♦   
    I Enjoy Being A Girl   ♦   I Got The Sun In The Morning   ♦   It’s A Grand Night For Singing   ♦   
    June Is Bustin Out All Over   ♦   
    Les Miserables Medley   ♦   Let It Be   ♦   Lewis Bridal Song   ♦   Livin On A Prayer   ♦   Londonderry Air   ♦   
    Molly Malone   ♦   Moon River   ♦    My Little Welsh Home   ♦   My Way   ♦   
    Nothin’ Like A Dame   ♦   
    Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’   ♦   Oklahoma   ♦   One   ♦   
    Paddy McGinty’s Goat   ♦   Paint Your Wagon   ♦   Penny Lane   ♦   
    Rhythm Of Life   ♦   
    Seasons Of Love   ♦   Seventy Six Trombones   ♦   Shadowland   ♦   Skye Boat Song   ♦   Some Enchanted Evening   ♦   Strangers In The Night   ♦   
    Tears In Heaven   ♦   The Ash Grove   ♦   The Deadwood Stage   ♦   The Sound Of Music   ♦   There’s No Business Like Show Business   ♦   Top Of The World   ♦   
    Va Pensiero   ♦   Viva La Musica   ♦   
    West Side Story Medley   ♦   What A Wonderful World   ♦   Where The Gentle Avon Flows   ♦   Wide Missouri   ♦   
    You Are So Beautiful   ♦   You’ll Never Walk Alone   ♦   Your Song   ♦   

    As well as our concert songs we have a selection of Christmas music

Trial By Jury

  • History of CAOS

    CAOS (Cowbridge Operatic Society) was formed in 1968 by a small common interest group based in Cowbridge.  The first production in 1969 was The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan which was performed on the stage in Cowbridge Town Hall.  Four more G&S productions followed before Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss in 1974.  Since then CAOS have produced one show a year apart from 1986 ( when the one and only pantomime was staged ) and 2008.

    Over the years the majority of productions have been operetta such as The Merry Widow, Gipsy Love and La Vie Parisienne interspersed with Gilbert and Sullivan favourites.  In the last ten years more emphasis has been placed on modern musical shows starting with My Fair Lady in 2003 and including Camelot, Calamity Jane and Oklahoma.

    In the early years there was a “do it yourself” atmosphere in the Society, members would build and paint the required scenery and lighting was arranged by members and co-opted friends.  In some shows the cast made or provided their own costumes.  Microphones to augment principals’ voices were rarely if ever used.

    Having built the scenery, the “flats” (which could be re-used ) had to be stored from one production to the next.  Initially the store was inside the old Grammar  School (now converted to apartments) and subsequently in the Boot House, an outbuilding of the school adjacent to the town wall arch in Church Street.  In those days, with productions in the Town Hall, members would be seen carrying scenery down the High Street thus advertising the imminence of a new show.  In 1993 a steel container was purchased and stored in John Raymond Transport’s yard.  This was later moved to Llandow and replaced some years later.

  • 2017

    “A Christmas Concert”
          December – St Athan Community Centre
    “The Wild West”
          October – Rhoose Community Centre
          October- St Athan Community Centre
          October – Llantonian Hall
    “A Summer Concert”
          June – Rhoose Community Centre
          June – St Athan Community Centre
    “Charity Quiz Night”
          May – Llantonian Hall
    “A May Day Concert”
          May – Cowbridge May Fair
    “New Members First Concert”
          February – Llantonian Hall
    “Open Evening With CAOS”
          January – St Athan Community Centre

    2016 –
    Not so many concerts this year due the the production of Trial By Jury

    “A Tour of the British Isles”
          November – Fairwater Conservative Club
          June – Llantonian Hall, Lantwit Major
          April – Rhoose Community Centre

    2015 –
    “A Christmas Concert”
          December – St Tathan Church, St Athan
    “The Songs of Rogers and Hammerstein”
          October – Rhoose Community Centre
    “The Songs of Rogers and Hammerstein(With Cardiff Clarinet Choir)”
          October – Wick Village Hall
    “A Selection At The Fair”
          May – Cowbridge May Fair
    “A Springtime Concert (With Barry Male Voice Choir)”
          April – Rhoose Community Centre

    2014 –
    “A Christmas Concert”
          December – St Athan Community Centre
          December – The Plough and Harrow Monknash
    “A Selection of Songs (With Total CAOS)”
          November – Rhoose Community Centre
    “45th Anniversary Concert”     
          October – Cowbridge Town Hall
          October – Llantonian Hall, Lantwit Major
    “An American Songbook”
          July – Fairwater Conservative Club
    “An American Songbook (With Bois Goetre Hen Male Choir)”
          July – Rhoose Community Centre
    “A Selection of Songs”
          June – Llantonian Hall, Lantwit Major
    “Springtime with CAOS”
          March – Rhoose Community Centre
    “A Selection of Songs”
          January – Glanfa Stage at the Wales Millennium Centre

  • 2016         Trial By Jury
    2013         Oklahoma
    2012         Calamity Jane
    2011         The Likes of Us
    2010         Annie
    2009         Camelot
    2007         Fiddler on the Roof
    2006         Iolanthe
    2005         Me and My Girl
    2004         Die Fledermaus
    2003         The Yeomen of the Guard
    2002         My Fair Lady
    2001         The Mikado
    2000         La Vie Parisienne
    1999         The Pirates of Penzance
    1998         The Merry Widow
    1997         The Gondoliers
    1996         The Count of Luxembourg
    1995         Trial By Jury and HMS Pinafore
    1994         The Land of Smiles
    1993         La Belle Helene
    1992         Waltzes from Vienna
    1991         Patience
    1990         White Horse Inn
    1989         Gipsy Love
    1988         Iolanthe
    1987         Countess Maritza
    1985         Ruddigore
    1984         Die Fledermaus
    1983         The Sorcerer
    1982         Gipsy Princess
    1981         La Vie Parisienne
    1980         The Merry Widow
    1979         Orpheus in the Underworld
    1978         Gipsy Baron
    1977         Lilac Time
    1976         Fiddler on the Roof
    1975         The Mikado
    1974         Die Fledermaus
    1973         The Yeomen of the Guard
    1972         The Gondoliers
    1971         HMS Pinafore
    1970         The Mikado
    1969         The Pirates of Penzance

Deadwood Stage

  • Total CAOS

    We also run a junior group, Total CAOS, who meet at the same venue on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7.30pm. The starting age for this group is 6years. They learn singing, and acting as well as meeting new friends and TOTALLY enjoying themselves. This group perform concerts regularly and they have sung at the switching on of the Christmas lights in St. Athan. In 2010 and 2012 they joined in our main productions of Annie and Oklahoma and have produced their own show (Dazzle).
    If anyone is interested please come along on any Wednesday at 6pm.


  • Fund Raising

    Fund raising has always been an important and necessary aspect of the Society’s activities. CAOS perform concerts in Cowbridge Town Hall, Barry, Llantwit Major and Rhoose.  In 1985 our first Coffee Morning was held in the Lesser Hall of Cowbridge Town Hall, which has developed into a regular Christmas event.

    Patrons and Vice-Presidents
    If you cannot become a full member but wish to support the Society in other ways why not become a Patron or Vice-President. Formed in 1970 the Patrons Scheme has provided the Society with invaluable and much appreciated help.

    The current minimum subscription is £11 for a Patron and £22 for a Vice-President. This entitles you to priority booking for all the Society’s productions, your name listed in the programme and you will be invited to occasional social events.

    If you are interested in joining this scheme click here to contact us or email the Patrons Secretary, Mrs Beryl Vaughan with your details at and we’ll contact you with the full information.

    Gift Aid
    As we are a registered Charity (1097412), Members and Patrons/VP’s can Gift Aid their subscriptions to the Society. This means that if you are a current payer of Income Tax we can claim back your tax from the Inland Revenue at no cost to you and boost the value of your subscription to the Society

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