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.
Click here for an application form applications 2017-18
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 our Director of Music, Guy Turner:
After the great success of the Verdi Requiem concert the choir has a lot to look forward to. Our Summer Sing this year is taken up with preparing for a concert as part of the BYRON FESTIVAL, when the choir will be performing both on its own and jointly with three other choirs and Newstead Brass Band.
The concert links not only to the Byron Festival but also to the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron’s living in Italy, and one of the other choirs taking part will be the Cathedral Youth Choir from Sarzana, who are making their second visit to Notts at the time. Sarzana is Southwell’s twin-town and is in the region where Byron lived in 2018.
The other choirs involved are the Newstead Abbey Singers, and the Choir of St Mary’s Newark, where the concert is taking place.
The concert will culminate in the premiere of BYRON IN ITALY by Bingham Choral’s’ conductor Guy Turner, settings of five Byron poems written in or about Italy, for massed choirs and brass band.
NEXT YEAR – NOVEMBER
We look forward to two interesting and contrasting concerts in the 2018/2019 season, both of which will take place in St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe-on-Trent.
On November 17th, just after the centenary of the Armistice, the choir will present a concert called WAR, REMEMBRANCE AND PEACE.
The first half will consist of Haydn’s most famous Mass, the Nelson Mass, written at the height of the Napoleonic Wars.
In the second half Remembrance will be represented by music by Brahms and Ivor Gurney.
After the moving funeral march from the Brahms Requiem, there will be three pieces by Ivor Gurney, the English composer and poet who fought in the trenches, was injured at the Somme and never really recovered mentally from the war. The first two pieces are song settings, and the third a choral pieces called The Trumpet. Each has a text by a poet who also fought in the war. The solo songs will be sung by Emily Hodkinson, winner of the Bingham Choral Society Bursary 2018.
Peace will be represented by Lux Aeterna, by the choir’s conductor Guy Turner, a piece which was originally composed for a performance in Messines Church, which was rebuilt after world war one as a symbol of peace in the Flanders area of the War.
Saturday November 13th at 7.30 in St Mary’s, Radcliffe-on-Trent
NEXT YEAR – MAY
In May the choir is joined once again by the pianist Caroline Clemmow, who has a long association with the choir for a programme of English Music.
The programme will include a world premiere of a recently discovered setting of Psalm 23 by Eric Thiman (1900 – 1975).
The choir will also sing extracts from Elgar’s tuneful and rumbustious Songs from the Bavarian Highlands, plus Guy Turner’s Under the Wide Sky, setting of poems by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The programme will culminate in a performance of John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme, a sequence of beautiful arrangements of Folksongs.
Saturday May 11th 2019 at 7.30 in St Mary’s, Radcliffe-on-Trent
Saturday 17th November 2018
Autumn Concert: ‘War, Remembrance and Peace’, St Mary’s Radcliffe on Trent.
Part 1 – Haydn Nelson Mass
Part 2- (a) Brahms Requiem, 1st part of 2nd Movement; (b) Ivor Gurney, The Trumpet; (c) Instrumental – Elgar Elegy or Bursary winner if not vocalist used in Haydn; (d) Lux Aeterna, Turner.
Saturday 15th December 2018
Christmas Concert: Bingham Parish Church
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.
November 2019 (Date to be agreed)
Autumn Concert: Buxtehude Magnificat; Purcell Welcome to all the Pleasures; Vivaldi Magnificat; Handel O Praise the Lord.
Saturday 18th April 2020
Spring Concert: Brahms Requiem (Joint Concert with Mansfield Choral Society)
Comments from ‘A Singing Day with Marcus Farnsworth’ Saturday 10th March 2018
Marcus Farnsworth provided great insight into singing technique, in particular the importance of breathing correctly, posture, relaxation, and pronunciation. It was a challenging day with two works in German and one in Latin so we had the duel challenge of sight reading sacred pieces that most were unfamiliar with whilst harnessing our choral technique.
The day was structured around J.S. Bach’s ‘O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht’ (Lord Jesus Christ my life and life); Brahms ‘Geistliches Lied’, and Edvard Grieg’s ‘Ave Maris stella’ (Hail, bright star of heaven). The day concluded with a short performance of the three works to a small but appreciative audience of friends and family who had come to support the participants.
Our thanks go to accompanist Ed Turner for his accomplished playing, Guy Turner for being Master of Ceremonies, and of course Marcus Farnsworth for a superb signing experience.
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’!”