About the society

Founded in 1962 as Cockett Church Gilbert and Sullivan Society by the incumbent, Fred Secombe, this group went on to complete the canon of 13 Gilbert and Sullivan operettas plus the Sullivan and Burnand Cox and Box by 1979. During this period, the Society competed successfully three times at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera, winning the Mark Cannon Award for best Gilbert and Sullivan Production, the Swift Choral Shield and numerous pieces of crystal glass and certificates of merit.

In 1981, the Society ventured away from Gilbert and Sullivan with Offenbach's La Belle Helene and became Cockett Amateur Operatic Society (C.A.O.S.). Since then, the repertory has become quite diverse, illustrating a remarkable degree of versatility.

C.A.O.S. has an enviable reputation of being a friendly organisation where associations tend to be long term. Several founding families have remained active into the second generation, but, of course, newcomers are always welcome.

Although the society is now a registered charity, over the past half a century, total contributions to deserving causes from this group have run well into five figures.

We now rehearse at St Illtyd's Church Hall in Fforestfach on Thursday evenings (opposite John Long Suite Centre, Ystrad Road). Rehearsals commence promptly at 7:30pm. Please wear suitable attire for rehearsals - comfortable clothing and shoes is preferable, especially once the show is cast and movement rehearsals begin.