JOIN US

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:
choir@binghamchoral.org.uk or ring Valerie Morgan (Choir Secretary) on 0115 933 2353.

REHEARSALS

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):

John Bannister
BDCS Chairman John Bannister

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.

 

THIS TERM

Notes from Guy Turner (Director of Music):

 

Our next concert is a joint concert with Newark Choral Society in St Mary’s, Newark. Roger Bryan will be accompanying the choir on the fine St Mary’s Organ.

The first half of the concert is stirring English music: Parry’s famous coronation anthem I Was Glad opens the programme, and is followed by Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs, which are all settings of poems by George Herbert, culminating in the famous Antiphon (Let all the world in every corner sing).

In the second half we have Duruflé’s sublime Requiem, which is a Requiem on the scale of the Fauré, and has a famously complex organ part, as well as some of the most beautiful harmonies in the repertoire.

Our soloists for this concert are Ruth Massey, Mezzo-Soprano, and Marcus Farnsworth, Baritone. The Vaughan Williams has a major part for Baritone, and we are very lucky to have Marcus to sing this and Duruflé solos. Marcus is internationally known for concert, recital and opera work – but also very well known locally as a former Southwell Minster Chorister and Artistic Director of the Southwell Music Festival.

FUTURE CONCERTS

Saturday June 17th 2017 (Lunchtime Concert)

Newark Parish Church (St Mary Magdalene)

  • Programme to be confirmed
Saturday November 25th 2017 at 7.30pm

Southwell Minster
Concert with Mansfield Choral Society

  • Haydn Creation
Saturday May 12th 2018 at 7.30pm

Southwell Minster
Concert with Mansfield Choral Society

  • Verdi Requiem
Saturday May 11th 2019 at 7.30pm

Venue to be confirmed

  • Turner Under the Wide Sky
  • Brahms Requiem

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

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’!”