La Belle Hélène 

Gosford Hill School
Wed 18 to Sat 21 Oct 2017

Our next show

October 2017 - LA BELLE HELENE It's not every day that a man is promised another man's wife as a gift. Moreover, she happens to be the most beautiful woman in the world - La Belle Hélène. The problem is that Helen's husband (not unnaturally) has no enthusiasm for this plan! Such is the background to KAOS' next production directed by Richard Morton.


Who we are

We formed in 1977 under the baton of musical director Paul Ingram. We rehearse on Monday evenings at Gosford Hill School. As concert time approaches there are usually extra rehearsals with a full orchestra. We give three performances a year: a Spring Concert, a full-stage Autumn Production and a Christmas Charity Concert.


Our shows

Past & Present

More about Kidlington Amateur Operatic Society

Late Breaking News
Wednesday 24th May 2017

La Belle Helene: No rehearsal 29th May as it is Bank Holiday! Yippee.... Next rehearsal is 5th June. Good luck to all those auditioning on Wednesday.

Members' Calendar 2017
Members - please note If you need to change your personal details held by the society or wish to let us know that you are unable to attend a rehearsal please contact the Membership Secretary -

[R]ehearsal or [A]udition
[S]how Performance
Venue GHS: Gosford Hill School;
Venue SMC: St Mary's Church.

MAY 2017

MAY 2017
15 [R] GHS 7.15pm
22 [R] GHS 7.15pm
24 [R] GHS Auditions 7.15pm
JUNE 2017
5 [R] GHS 7.15pm
12 [R] GHS 7.15pm
19 [R] GHS 7.15pm
26 [R] GHS 7.15pm

Box Office — Tickets

Wednesday 18 - Saturday 21 October 2017

Tickets are available for purchase from:
Box Office Tel: 01865-375613
Alison's Animals, Garden City
Anemone Florist, Kidlington Centre
Building Supplies, High Street

Paul Ingram - Director of Music
Paul began conducting while reading for a chemistry degree at Nottingham University, where playing the cello in orchestras led to a chance to direct a chamber orchestra. When he moved to Oxfordshire to begin a career in teaching, music continued to be an integral part of his life. He was instrumental in founding Kidlington Amateur Operatic Society in 1977, and five years later became music director of Woodstock Music Society.

Richard Morton - Director
Most of his working life has been spent on the concert platform or the operatic stage. His formative years were under the watchful eye of Sir David Willcocks in the world-renowned choir of King’s College Cambridge. Following a runner’s-up prize in the Kathleen Ferrier competition he pursued a career in oratorio and lieder. He regularly performed as a soloist with John Elliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir and, as a freelance singer, was fortunate enough to sing in many celebrated concert halls and opera houses throughout Europe, including Barcelona, Munich, Paris, Helsinki and Warsaw. In 1980 he joined Welsh National Opera as a principal tenor, performing many operatic roles over a number of years. He also appeared with Opera North. Since retiring from performance Richard has devoted himself to teaching voice and languages together with stage directing and we are lucky to have Richard giving us guidance and offering his expertise on our production of La Belle Helene. We will be performing on 18 - 21 October in Gosford Hill School Hall.

David Betts (Chair)
Margherita Davidson (Publicity Designer)
David Hughes (Treasurer)
Marilyn King (Librarian)
Mick King (Secretary)
Sarah Sheldon (Marketing & Publicity)
Margaret Smith (Minutes Sec)
Rosemary Smith (Membership Sec)
Simon Street (Patrons Sec)

We rehearse on Monday evenings at Gosford Hill School, Kidlington between 7.15pm and 9.30pm during school terms, and as concert time approaches there are usually extra rehearsals with the orchestra. Members don't forget — Check the KAOS app or website for breaking news.

Like to join KAOS?
Can you act, sing, dance, play a musical instrument? Would you like to be involved backstage in a production? A Society needs many people to help bring a production to fruition. We are a friendly society and always like to welcome new members to participate. Please contact us and a member of the committee will get back to you.

Future Productions
***SOUTH PACIFIC - our Autumn Production 2018

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