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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 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 Duncan Orr:  


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:

Anita de Lotbinière:  


Formed in 2010, Cognoscenti is a supporters group – both a friends’ organisation and a club for those who are passionate about opera.

Members of Cognoscenti enjoy:

  • A copy of COG’s newsletter three time a year with advance notice of concerts and activities
  • Invitation to the annual season’s launch party introducing the three operas of the season and some of their stars
  • Invitation to special events such as talks and recitals  - some in exclusive venues and some with other musical organisations

Cognoscenti membership
Annual membership £30
Annual joint membership £50  (two people living at the same address)
Annual student membership £15

Cognoscenti special memberships

  • Aria membership £100 per annum or more.  Includes a complimentary programme for each performance, early booking facility and opportunities to attend rehearsals
  • Virtuoso membership £300 per annum or more.  Includes opportunities to watch the progress of rehearsals, priority for popular events, and an invitation to the Annual Dinner with COG performers. 
For more information and to join Cognoscenti contact:  

General Enquiries

For all general enquiries please contact Chris Patey: