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Southwell Minster Evensong – 3rd August 2019 = Click here for details and application form



Wednesday April 17th 2019

A few corners of the Thiman

Rutter No 8

Under the Wide sky  2, 9, 12, 13


BDCS Joke of the Month

(March 2019)

Curated by The Parrot

As an aeroplane approaches Heathrow, the pilot radios to the control tower asking for a local time check.  ‘What airline are you?’ asks the tower.  ‘Why on earth does it matter what airline I am?’ responds the pilot.

‘It’s very important indeed,’ says the tower.  ‘If you’re Lufthansa, it’s one twenty three and forty seconds.  If you are British Airways, it’s almost twenty four minutes past one.  And if you are Ryanair, the big hand is almost at the five and the little hand is just after the one.’

 Please Email your best jokes to   There will be a small prize and a certificate of appreciation for any that we use.



Thanks to all those who sang in the Christmas concert. It was certainly the most polished and satisfying of the four that I have so far done with the choir. Brass, Organ and children all did themselves proud, but the choir was especially good. Choral Societies singing unaccompanied can often sound a bit dodgy, but our a cappella numbers on Saturday sounded very good indeed, as did all the other music. Well done. See you in January for some lovely English Music. GUY

A MESSAGE FROM GUY TURNER (Sunday 18th November 2018)

Dear Singers

Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into last night’s concert, which I think you will agree added up to a very satisfying evening.

Members of the orchestra and soloists commented on how hard the choir must have worked to achieve the standards we did. We did have to work particularly hard this term, especially on The Trumpet, which was a challenge, but I hope you will agree that it was all worth it.

I would particularly like to thank Sally as concert manager, and Richard Joyner, whose initial ideas, and discovery of The Trumpet, led to the choice of programme.

Many thanks for a memorable concert and a suitable reflection on the Armistice Centenary.


100 Club

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2019   dates for Concerts, Workshops and Extra rehearsals

Saturday 16th February 2019
A Singing Day with Ellie Martin, State Chamber, Southwell Minster, 10:00AM – 3:30 PM

Saturday 30th March 2019
Extra rehearsal now cancelled

Saturday 11th May 2019
Spring Concert: St Mary’s Radcliffe on Trent

Wednesday 15th May 2019
AGM: Carnarvon School

Wednesday 22nd, 29th May, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June, and 3rd July 2019
Summer Singing: Concert date on 6th July 2019


Here are the links,supplied by Guy,  to the premiere performance of  Under The Wide Sky

with Charlton Kings Choral Society and James Gilchrist  (misnamed on Souncloud)


General rehearsal aids

    A website where you can hear synthesised voices singing individual voice parts (it is very easy to download the necessary bit of free software). You can choose which voice part you would like to be highlighted.
    As a BDCS member you can get a 10% discount from Choraline by using the password BING.
    New telephone number: 01285 644845
    This is John Hooper’s website, where individual parts can be listened to free of charge.
  •      Members direct access to Bingham Choral Home Page
    The site holds rehearsal files allowing users to listen to their individual part, with the accompaniment in the background,  either on its own or along with the other parts. The music can be listened to on line or downloaded as an mp3 file which allows user to vary playback speed and slow down fast, intricate parts.Most of the music we will be performing in the next 12 months can be found on the site.For access to the site the Society pays an annual subscription based on the number of registered users (40).Spare places are available. If you are not registered to use the site but would now like to be please contact Bob Middleton either at a rehearsal or by email at I will then register your email address and you will receive an email from the site allowing you to set up direct access using your email address and password of your own choosing.If you are registered but are having trouble logging on or other problems using the site, please let me know. Bob Middleton.
  • N.B. The Lord is my Shepherd, Psalm 23 by Thiman and Guy’s suite Under the Wild Sky have just been posted for us on the John Fletcher website, the Elgar and Rutter pieces were already there.

Extract from the ‘Music for Market’ lunchtime concert series at Newark. BDCS male voices make the most of having the tune (for once)!



Tea and Coffee Rota Spring Term 2019

2 volunteers are needed each week.

Please bring a 4 pint bottle of milk.

Please come early (6.45-ish) in order to set everything up before rehearsal starts.

There will be other members there to help with putting up the tables.

Instructions for setting up the urn etc. are under the lid of the big box.

If you are unable to attend, please try to swap with someone or let Janet Chapman know (number on Membership Card)


January 16  Val Morgan, John Bannister

 January 23  Patrick Mountford, Brad Poulson

 January 30  Paul Skelton, Chris Rayfield?

 February 6  David Atkins, Robin Coles

 February 13  Terry Scholey, Val Culm

 February 20  Gill Bailey, Linda Hunter

 February 27  Derek Tabron, Huw Cadwallader

 March 6  Judy Unell, Janet Chapman

 March 13  Barbara Cobb, Deb Brookes

 March 20  Christine Frymann, Marion Bonnington

 March 27  Andrew and Valerie James

 April 3  Deborah Porter, Melanie Oldershaw

 April 10  Dinah Wilcox, Barbara Newsome

 April 17  Elizabeth Ellis. Sally Ashton


Information so far for Spring Term 2019. To be completed.

If you are willing (and able!) to help put the chairs and tables for the rehearsal in place on a rota basis (from about 6.45pm), please put your name opposite one of the dates below. At least two people are needed each time. Thank you.

January 16     Tina Warrington

January 23     Claire Winser, Janet Iley

January  30    Edwina Cosgrove, Jess Bleackley

February  6     Kathryn Goring, Judy Unell

February 13    Tim Connery, Doug Travers

February 20   Paul Cosgriff, Philip Bacon

February 27    Barbara Newsome, Dinah Wilcox

March   6           Val Caunt

March  13        Judith Hackin, Clare Woodward

March  20       Marion Bonnington, Christine Frymann

March  27        Linda Hunter, Gill Bailey

April    3          Philip Bacon, Paul Cosgriff

April  10         Valerie and Andrew James

April  17          Val Culm

April 24         Terry Scholey

May    1          Bob Middleton, Richard Joyner

May    8          Huw Cadwallader

May  15   (AGM)






Chairman: John Bannister
Vice-Chair: Sally Ashton
Treasurer: Brad Poulson
Secretary: Valerie Morgan
Programme Chair: Peter Iley
Librarian: Margot Anderson
Publicity Officer: Judy Unell
Membership Secretary: Janet Chapman
Box Office: Tim Connery
Ordinary Members: Beryl Cottrill, Christina Warrington, Janet Iley, and Juliet Ward



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