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.

Click here for an application form applications 2017-18

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 our Director of Music:

We are looking forward to a very exciting term, performing one of the greats of the choral repertoire Verdi Requiem, once again in Southwell Minster and with Mansfield Choral Society, under our own conductor (Guy Turner).

With full orchestra and soloists of national reputation it will make for a very exciting concert.

 

FUTURE CONCERTS

Saturday 7th July 2018

Summer Singing: An unique and exciting concert is taking place on Saturday 7th July, as part of the 2018 Byron Festival, at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Parish Church, Newark. Involving massed choirs of 160+ and Newstead Brass Band, this will be a celebration of Lord Byron’s time in Italy exactly 200 years ago. The youth choir of Sarzana (Southwell’s Italian twin town) will be taking part – Sarzana is in the region in which Byron toured, and the choir will be making its second visit to Nottinghamshire at this time. Also singing will be Bingham and District Choral Society, the Newstead Abbey Singers, and the Choir of St Mary’s. Music will include settings of Byron’s poetry and Italian music. The band and each of the choirs will perform separately, and then combine at the end of the concert for the world premiere of BYRON IN ITALY, a setting of five poems by Byron written in, or about, Italy, by Southwell composer Guy Turner.

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)

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

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’!”