Notices & Diary | Rehearsal Aids | Drinks Rota | Committee


Music for next week’s rehearsal

Our priority for homework is obviously the Parris and we will work on that next week, starting from the beginning. PLEASE do all possible homework you can so that you know what it sounds like rather than having to read the music.

We will also look at Rutter No1 pages 1 – 6, and nos 4 and 5

Handel No 5 if time


Saturday rehearsals

Half-day rehearsals for our Autumn Concert will take place on

Saturday October 9th and Saturday November 13th.

Both will take place at Carnarvon School and will last from 9.30am to 12.45pm.


Rehearsal on the day of the concert (Orston Parish Church)

1.40 Choir arrive for seating

2.00 warm up

2.10 Mendelssohn

2.30 Handel

2.55 Break

3.10 Parris

3.40 Rutter

4.45 end

Concert starts 7.30

Expected end c 9.15

Back to full-length rehearsals

Following a cautious but successful re-start of choir rehearsals at the beginning of September, members have now voted to return to full-length rehearsals, slightly adjusted because we will not have a full coffee break. We will begin at 7.15 pm, the break will be reduced to 10 minutes (no mingling please) and we will finish at 9.20pm. If you need a drink during the break, you must bring your own.

If you have not yet paid your subscription, we are asking that payment  (for returning members with no changes to their details), take place electronically, or by post if that is not possible, ideally by Friday 27th August. Electronic payments should be made to:  Bingham and District Choral Society, sort code 30-90-89, Account no: 35138968. Please be sure your name is in the description field. £110 full year, £55 half year. If paying by cheque, then please make cheques payable to Bingham & District Choral Society, and post your cheque to: The Treasurer, Hill House Cottage, Burgage Lane, Southwell, Nottingham. NG25 0ER.

If you need to hire music from the choir then please add the appropriate hire charges (shown below) to your membership fee payment, and confirm which pieces you require by email to

  • Rutter Requiem pub. OUP 1986 £1.50
  • Handel The King shall rejoice pub. Novello ( newer copies have ISBN 0853601801) £1.00
  • Mendelssohn Hear my prayer pub. Novello .50p

NB: Music for the Parris (Bursary Winner) will be supplied free of charge to all members.

Returning members with changes to their details (such as a change to contact details or gift aid circumstances), will need to complete a new membership form available on-line from our website (select ‘members’ – ‘membership application form’), or by printing off an application form and sending the completed form to: J. Chapman, Membership Sec. BDCS,

27 Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham NG12 2FQ. Payment should be made on-line, or by cheque, as described above.

Your Committee and the Safety Committee will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to postpone the restart should that seem necessary.


Safety Committee Requirements.

If you are not double vaccinated, consider taking a weekly lateral flow test (available without charge from

Please do not attend rehearsals if you have any of the Covid symptoms, or you are isolating because of a recent Covid contact.

If possible, avoid car sharing.  If you have to share, open windows, wear masks and sit as far apart as possible.

Please bring and use you own hand sanitiser on entry to rehearsals.

Please wear a mask when not singing (spare masks will be provided.)

Rehearsal will last only 75 minutes (7.15 – 8.30 pm) and there will be no communal tea or coffee provision.

Please maintain a minimum social distance of 1 metre when not seated. [Seating will be arranged to ensure at least one metre between singers.]

You will be provided with wipes to clean your chair before and after use.

Toilets will be available if urgently needed and cleaning spray provided.  Use hand sanitiser rather than air drier or paper towels.


 2021-2022  Season

Saturday 27th November 2021 at St Mary’s Church, Orston

Autumn Concert 

The choir will be accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble

The programme will include:

Handel: The King Shall Rejoice

Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer

Organ Solo

Harp Solo

George  Parris: A Psalmic Fantasia  (winning composition from our Young Composer competition.)

Rutter: Requiem

Saturday 11th December 2021,  Bingham Parish Church
Christmas Concert

Saturday April 30th 2022 , Newark Parish Church 

First concert of our Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Handel’s Messiah, jointly with Newark Choral Society.

Saturday 18th June 2022, Newark Parish Church

Lunchtime concert, jointly with Scunthorpe Choral Society

Saturday 26th November 2022, Southwell Minster

Last night of the Proms, jointly with Mansfield Choral Society.


100 CLUB

The 100 club is a lottery that is open to BDCS members and their friends/family. Each member who wishes to take part pays £10 at the beginning of the year. Half the funds raised go to the choir and the other half is distributed to lucky members through six prize draws throughout the season. Do take part if you can. It’s fun and makes a real difference to the choir’s resources.

Click here for 100 club Application Form (2021-22)



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.
  4.      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.



From 1st September 2021, there will be no coffee/tea break during rehearsals.  If we are able to expand our rehearsals to their former length as the weeks go by, it is likely that members will be asked to bring their own refreshments.



Arrangements are currently being reconsidered for the reopening and will be confirmed asap.

BDCS Committee 2020

Chair: Christina Warrington

Vice-Chair and Box Office: Tim Connery
Treasurer: Brad Poulson
Secretary: Valerie Morgan
Programme Chair: Peter Iley
Librarian: Position vacant
Publicity Officer: Judith Unell
Membership Secretary: Janet Chapman

Ordinary Members: Beryl Cottrill, Sandra Eagland and Sally Ashton.

Safety Committee 

Sally Ashton (Chair)

Tim Connery

Judith Unell

Christina Warrington



Committee role descriptions click here:



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