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Last Updated: 18/7/23

Join Us/Support Us

COG is always keen to hear from talented and experienced choral singers. Why not consider joining our chorus and getting to know a wide range of interesting and less familiar works that form an important part of our repertoire?  Chorus rehearsals are held in central London, normally over the five weeks before a performance, with two evening rehearsals a week and one all-day weekend session.

Contact Roy Chalmers:  

Please note: this contact is solely for applications to join the chorus. COG does not hold general auditions for soloists.

Under a professional leader, COG has one of the best amateur orchestras in the country.  Membership of the orchestra is by invitation. We have a vacancy for an Orchestra Manager. This is a voluntary role involving forward planning to ensure players are selected to meet the requirements of each opera we perform, and making arrangements for orchestral rehearsals.  The incumbent will work closely with our Chairman, Carolyn Ashford-Russell, and members of the Committee.  Please contact Carolyn for more about this vital role. We are always on the look-out for high quality players – especially if you play a brass instrument or the double bass. In addition to its opera performances the orchestra visits Salisbury twice a year to play with the Salisbury Musical Society, and there are occasional other concerts.

Contact Carolyn Ashford-Russell:  


Mailing List and Subscribers
COG receives no public subsidy. The Group survives by a combination of box office income, fees earned by the orchestra for outside engagements, subscriptions and some welcome donations.

There is no charge for joining the mailing list to receive full details of all our performances and a regular Newsletter about the Group; but we would invite well-wishers to become subscribers.  To find out more contact:

Werner Ullah:  

To make a donation please contact

Anita de Lotbiniere:  

For enquiries about publicity please contact

Sue Low:  

General Enquiries

For all general enquiries please contact Chris Patey: