If you would like to sing in a choir come and join Bingham and District Choral Society. We sing three concerts in each season, which starts in September. We don’t hold auditions – if you can read music it will make it easier for you, but we welcome anyone who is keen to sing!
Our rehearsals take place between 7.15pm and 9.30pm on WEDNESDAYS during school term time, at CARNARVON PRIMARY SCHOOL, Nursery Road, Bingham.
Our concerts are in November, December (our Christmas special) and May. The best time to join is when we start to rehearse new works, usually in September and January. New members are invited to try us out for three weeks free of charge. If you are unsure, or haven’t sung in a choir before, we have a mentor for each singing part, who can help to get you orientated.
Our annual subscription is £95 (which can be paid in two instalments). We are particularly keen to encourage younger members to join, so there is a special subscription rate of only £1 for those in full time education. Music can be hired for a nominal fee.
In addition to our musical activities, we enjoy a range of social activities which help us to raise funds so that we can continue to afford professional soloists and orchestral support for our concerts.
Contact us by e-mail for further information:
firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Valerie Morgan (Choir Secretary) on 0115 933 2353.
Rehearsals commence again this term on Wednesday 7th September 2016, at 7:15pm, Carnarvon Primary School, Nursery Road, Bingham. If you have always wanted to join a choir then why not come along and see how rehearsals work. If you don’t know what voice part you sing we can quickly establish that so we can make sure you are sitting with others in the same voice range. We are always short of Male tenors!
Notes from John Bannister (BDCS Chairman):
Singing with Bingham was my first experience of classical choral music. I didn’t know what voice I had, and it was suggested by other members, correctly that I should be a bass.
Initially, I found the Latin words difficult to pronounce and incomprehensible, but I enjoyed the sounds and making the sounds, singing. I began to learn what music is about, and how much fun, and how rewarding it is to perform pieces that are not always easy, but sound wonderful.
For those thinking about joining, we like to give new members a warm welcome. If anyone finds them selves struggling, or confused by anything, please speak to me, a member of the committee, or whoever you are singing next to. If one of us does not know the answer, we will find someone who does.
If you feel at all uncertain about singing, please give Bingham a try. We do not audition, we want our music to be available to everyone. Members usually know when they are out of key, and can correct that bit of music without feeling awkward. We would love to see you, any Wednesday evening during school term time from September to May.
Notes from Guy Turner (Director of Music):
We are looking forward to a very exciting season 2017-2018, including two of the greats of the choral repertoire:
The autumn Concert will be Haydn’s Creation, in Southwell Minster joint with Mansfield Choral Society and under their dynamic new conductor, Ellie Martin.
Then in May, for some people the ultimate piece in the choral repertoire – the Verdi Requiem – again in Southwell Minster and this time under our own conductor, Guy Turner.
With full orchestra and soloists of national reputation in both concerts, it will make for a very exciting season.
Saturday 16th December 2017
Christmas Concert: With Carnarvon Childrens Choir, Bingham Brass. 7:30PM Bingham Parish Church
Saturday 12th May 2018
Spring Concert: Verdi Requiem, joint concert with Mansfield Choral Society. 7:30PM Southwell Minster. Phillipa Boyle (Soprano); Carys Jones (Mezzo); Richard Dowling (Tenor); and Colin Campbell (Baritone). Guy Turner Conductor. Nottingham Symphony Orchestra.
Saturday 7th July 2018
Summer Singing: This is a Byron Festival Concert at Newark Church featuring Newstead Abbey Brass Band, Newstead Abbey Singers, the Choir of Sarzana Cathedral, Italy, and BDCS. We will perform a short selection of music, and then join with the band and other choirs in the finale – a new Byron setting by Guy Turner.
Saturday 17th November 2018
Autumn Concert: Buxtehude Magnificat; Purcell Welcome to all the Pleasures; Vivaldi Magnificat; Handel O Praise the Lord. Possibly a solo item from the Bursary winner.
Saturday 11th May 2019
Spring Concert: Thiman Psalm 23; Turner Under the wide sky; Rutter Fancies; Elgar Four of the Bavarian Highlands; Piano Solo by Caroline Clemmow.
Saturday 2nd May 2020 (Provisional)
Spring Concert: Brahms Requiem (Joint Concert with Mansfield Choral Society)
Photographs and comments from the John Rutter Singing Day, Saturday 4th March 2017
(Photographs courtesy of Ira Unell).
“It was a real privilege to have the chance to sing with John Rutter; he is a superb facilitator and raconteur as well as an outstanding musician, and he is so right that people rarely get the chance just to sing good music, not prepare for a performance! His suggestions for improvement were so well paced and mostly limited to the morning when we could all expect to be fresher. And the Hallelujah chorus after lunch is the best solution I’ve come across to what I have usually heard described as ‘the graveyard slot’!”