An Opportunity to Come and Sing the Brahms Requiem

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At the time of the first lockdown in March 2020, BDCS was rehearsing for a performance of the Brahms Requiem later that year. Losing the opportunity to sing this wonderful piece was a huge disappointment. However, the Nottingham Harmonic Choir’s  Come and Sing at the end of February offers a great opportunity to rediscover the Requiem in a choral workshop directed by Richard Laing. A printable version of the booking form can be downloaded at: https://www.nottinghamharmonic.org/concerts/concert/?cname=come-and-sing-2022

 

Guy’s Long Walk

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Choir members may already know that Guy Turner is undertaking a major walking challenge in the summer and autumn of 2022. Beginning in late July and ending in early October, he will be walking solo from Lands End to John O’Groats.

He will be meeting all the costs of the trip himself, and seeking sponsorship to raise money for Bingham and District Choral Society and three other charities:

Awards for Young Musicians – supporting talented young musicians from low-income families throughout the UK. (Guy’s daughters is AYM’s Operations and Communications Director.)

Framework, the Charity supporting homeless and vulnerable people throughout the East Midlands.

Southwell Minster, specifically for the development of the Minster’s outdoor spaces in line with its role as an Eco-Cathedral

His initial target is to raise at total of £10,000, £2500 for each charity, though he hopes that the final total will be a lot more. Sponsors will be able to choose which charity or charities they support.

When asked about this challenge Guy said, ‘I watch a lot of TV quizzes (and work for some of them as a question writer and checker) and the question master often asks ‘What would you do if you won the jackpot?’ One day I asked myself that question and straight away I realised I would like to walk Land’s End to John O’Groats. In fact, I found a reference in my 1971 diary to wanting to do this! Now is the time. Coupled with this desire is the opportunity to raise money for the Minster and Bingham Choral, as  well as two other charities close to my heart. ‘

Guy is already attracting a lot of interest in his project. Listen here to his interview with Mark Dennison on Radio Nottingham on 4th January 2022.

From January 27th (6 months before the walk starts) Guy will be putting updates about the project on his website, and you can find out more about his plans (and how to sponsor him) on http://guyturner.co.uk/lands-end-to-john-ogroats/ . If you know anyone who might be able to provide accommodation along the way, the details of the route, and how to contact him, are already on the website.

Bingham Basses and the Cycling Santa

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Following their inaugural performance last Christmas as Carol Singers with a severe tuning problem, the Bingham Basses have reunited to sing about the exploits of Cycling Santa. They have a variety of  alarming headgear guaranteed to cause traffic  congestion and their very own song composed by Guy Turner . They aim to build upon the wonderful sum of £390 raised for Framework, a local charity serving homeless people across the East Midlands,  from our generous members and audience  at our Carol Concert on 11th December 2021. Their last video raised £1000 in extra donations and they would love to beat that total this year. Details of how to donate are given at the end of this YouTube video of their performance. Please give generously..

 

Autumn Concert at Orston

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We have received some lovely feed-back from Jules Humpheson after our concert in Orston Church on 27th November, 2021. Jules and his local team were enormously helpful in planning and setting up the concert, including moving around the heavy pews on the morning of the performance. Jules has given permission for his comments to be posted here.

 On a personal note , I would like to thank you for bringing back many fond memories – here are some of them:

The Handel reminded me of singing in our junior school music class, where we tackled ‘Every Valley’ (and pretty well for 10-year old children!).

‘O for the wings of a dove’ brought back memories of my senior school choir, as I remember singing this myself at Walsall Town Hall in the 70s.

The Parris, of singing evensong psalms at church in my childhood.

The flute parts of my wedding to Maria in the church in 2013, where my daughter Jenny played the flute.

Ellie-Jean reminded me of Jenny singing solo, particularly as Rutter was a mainstay of the cathedral choir.

The cello parts brought to mind my sister and niece, both of whom are cellists.

The choir singing in the church reminded me of my late mum, dad and uncle; my dad and uncle started a choir which eventually became the Chase Orpheus Choir (which has, sadly, hung up its baton after covid), hymn songs of which we played at mum’s funeral last year.

In conclusion, thank you so much for bringing all those memories – and more – to mind. It was also good to hear music in the church; if a building could be said to embody the soul of the many people meeting and worshipping there over the years, it was surely rejoicing in the beautiful sound you all made. All of these emotions surprised me, being a very logical engineering scientist by profession!

Minster Head Choristers get Top Billing

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The current Head Girl Chorister and a former Boy Chorister from Southwell Minster Choir are both playing prominent roles in Bingham and District Choral Society’s Autumn Concert on November 27th.

Ellie-Jean Winfield, Head Girl Chorister, will be singing the soprano solos in the concert, including the solos in Mendelssohn’s ‘Hear My Prayer’, notably the famous song ‘Oh, For the Wings of a Dove’, and the series of beautiful solos in the Requiem by John Rutter.

George Parris, who was one of the boy choristers up until 2014, and went on to study Music at Manchester University, is featured in the concert as a composer. Last year he won Bingham Choral Society’s Composing Competition with his piece entitles ‘A Psalmic Fantasia’, which is written for Soprano solo (Ellie-Jean again), choir and instrumental ensemble.

The programme is completed by Handel’s Coronation Anthem ‘The King Shall Rejoice’, and the concert takes place at St Mary’s Parish Church, Orston, on Saturday November 27th at 7.30pm. For tickets ( Reserved – £13.00; Unreserved  – £10.00; Children – Free) call 0115 878 0642

Bingham Carol Singers’ Success

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This unlikely band of Bingham basses has generated a huge response, to the tune (?) of £1000, through our Christmas appeal to support the superb work of Framework.  We have received this very appreciative letter from the charity. We are sure that everyone at BDCS would like to thank  the carol singers- David, Paul, Patrick, Huw, Derek, Brad, Guy and John – for their fantastic fundraising effort and for being such good sports.   Equally, we must thank our members and friends who responded so generously.  Will they sing again next year? Maybe in tune? You’d better watch out!

 

Dear Guy and all at Bingham Choral,

I hope this finds you all well at such a challenging time.

Thank you so much for your incredibly generous donation of more than £1,000 to Framework as a result of The Bingham Carol Singer. This significant donation will be earmarked for our Homeless To Home Winter Appeal, focussing on our work preventing rough sleeping, supporting rough sleepers, and resettling them into long term secure accommodation. Your support means a great deal and will make a huge difference to the lives of the people we exist to support, at a time when they need that support just that little bit more.

As you probably know, our work begins with homelessness – but thanks to your generosity it doesn’t end there. We deliver housing, health, employment, support and care services to people with a diverse range of needs. Last year we supported almost 19,000 people of all ages across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Without the generosity of our friends in the community, we couldn’t continue to empower so many people to achieve financial stability, social inclusion and independence.

Once again from all of us at Framework, thank you for your help!

 

Yours sincerely,         

 

Matt Cooke

Supporter Engagement and Income Generation Officer

matt.cooke@frameworkha.org

 

 

 

 

 

The Bingham Carol Singers

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The Bingham Carol Singers
and Framework

Usually at this time of year, we at Bingham and District Choral Society are rehearsing for our Christmas Concert in Bingham Church, a landmark community event in our calendar. Like so many other delightful musical occasions, it has been obliterated by the pandemic.

Covid, however, was no match for the determination of eight members of our bass section to spread a little Christmas cheer among the rest of the choir by recording a video for our entertainment. The idea then evolved to include a fundraising element, similar to the collection for local charities that has become a feature of the annual Christmas Concert. Framework, a Nottingham-based charity offering shelter and support services to homeless people, has been a favourite cause for BDCS over the past several years and its work has become even more vital during the public health crisis of 2020.

We invite you to enjoy the video and make a donation to Framework via the choir. And so lock up the dog, pour yourself a stiff drink, watch the Bingham Carol Singers and try not to choke on your mince pie. Merry Christmas!

Please make a donation to Framework in the following way:

  • By bank transfer (on-line banking) to: Account name: Bingham and District Choral Society, Sort Code: 30-90-89, Account Number: 35138968. Please put ‘Framework’ in the reference field, or
  • By cheque, payable to Bingham & District Choral Society, and post it to The Treasurer, Hill House Cottage, Burgage Lane, Southwell, Nottingham. NG25 0ER.