Have you ever wanted to get more from your singing?

Are there areas which you want to improve?

Do you want to learn more about effective singing technique?

DBC is organising a workshop where you can find answers to your needs about singing – a day directed at amateur choral singers looking to make the most of their singing voices.


“Since singing is so good a thing,

I wish all men would learn to sing.” William Byrd


Saturday 19th October, 2.00 – 5.00, Savannah,

St Benedict’s School, £10

This enjoyable and informative day will be led by experts:

Kate Young Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist, RDH

Ellie Martin Head of Singing, Repton School, and Choral Animateur

Gillian von Fragstein Senior Physiotherapist, RDH

Richard Roddis Choral Director

Among the topics to be addressed are:

  • Tone – how to make a more beautiful sound with your voice
  • Breathing – how important is breath control
  • Range – how to make those top notes sweeter – and the bottom ones
  • Posture – how to avoid tension in rehearsal and concert
  • Longevity – how to make your voice last into mature age


The total person sings not just the vocal cords. Esther Broner

The workshop is being thrown open to singers from other choirs, so there’s a chance to meet new people and compare notes (pun intended). Some music from the Mozart Requiem will be included in the workshop repertoire.

The only thing better than singing is more singing Ella Fitzgerald

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The Sixteen at Southwell Minster this month


The Sixteen are visiting Southwell Minster on Wednesday  23rd October with a programme of sacred music old & new to celebrate their 40th anniversary. They offer a discount of 10% on bookings for 10 or more people, and wondered whether any of our members might be interested? They are also able to offer as much as 50% off for under-35s, students, those seeking work, and people living with a disability.

There is more information on the programme, a booking link and Box Office number below,  but given tickets can be as little as £6 for concessions, they are keen to reach out to as many musicians living within a sensible drive as possible, and ensure anyone who would like to come, but for whom full price tickets would present a barrier, can.

Box Office: 0333 010 2850


Come and Sing with John Rutter Sunday 19 January 2:00pm Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham


After the huge success of the 2019 Come and SingwithJohn Rutter, there have been many requests for a repeat workshop, so John Rutter will be returning to the Royal Concert Hall for another great day of singing.

If you love singing and can read a bit of music, this inspiring workshop is for you. Led by the celebrated composer and conductor John Rutter, Come and Sing is an afternoon of choral singing designed to lift the spirits. The music will be a mixture of old and new, including some of John Rutter’s own well-loved choral works.

If you’re not a singer yourself, you’re still welcome to come along to watch and soak up the sound.

Tickets for Singers £22.50* (Unreserved seating in the Stalls)
Tickets for Non-Singers £12.50* (Reserved seating in Tier 1)
*Ticket price includes free tea or coffee and cake in the interval

The proceeds from this concert will help to support the work of Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum

The John and Barbara Beaumont Bursary and Prize



Bingham and District Choral Society is offering a bursary and prize to a performer with an interest in classical music.  Applications will be welcomed from singers who will be under the age of 24 on 31st October 2019, and who normally live in the East Midlands.

The Bursary, named in honour of the Choir’s Patron and his wife, is for £1,000, to be used by the winner to further their musical education.  The Prize will be the opportunity to perform at a future BDCS concert.

Full terms and conditions and information on how to enter can be found on the Choir’s website,  and the closing date is Thursday 31st October.  Up to five applicants will be short-listed, and invited to perform at a final selection concert to be held on Saturday 18th January 2020, in Bingham Parish Church.  The judging panel will include Angela Kay MBE and Guy Turner, Musical Director of BDCS.  The prize administrator is Beryl Cottrill, who may be contacted by Email at

Elijah – again!


A little far from home but an exciting and prestigious opportunity to come and sing Elijah if you are planning to be  in that part of the world.


BDCS sings Evensong at The Minster


Choir member Paul Skelton writes

On August 3rd   a group of Bingham members had the privilege of singing evensong in Southwell Minster.

A small group of 25 of us appropriately attired and led by Guy began in the crossing with an unaccompanied rendering of Tallis’s beautiful motet – ‘If ye love me keep my commandments’ –  before processing to the choir stalls for the regular service.

Many are well acquainted with singing response and psalms but for others it was a challenging yet  worthwhile experience. Our organist [former Southwell organ scholar Ben Mills] and Guy himself guided us expertly through these.

These were followed by settings in C by Stanford of the canticles – Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis whose ‘Glorias’ gave us a real chance to shine. The anthem ‘O Thou the Central Orb’ by Charles Wood offered another opportunity for us to sing out in the wonderful acoustic the Minster possesses and we made full use of it.

Our Chairman Richard Joyner summed up how we all felt:-

‘On behalf of everyone who took part, I would like to say a huge thank you to all involved in bringing about yesterday‘s successful Choral Evensong. It was an inspiring and inspirational event, one which I very much hope we will be able to repeat,

Special thanks go to to Bradley Poulson, Beryl Cottrill and our indefatigable MD, Guy Turner.  Brad and Guy spotted the opportunity, and Brad and Beryl undertook the not inconsiderable organisational task of making it all happen.  Guy chose music which was a joy to sing, but which it was possible to learn in a relatively short time. With typical commitment, he fitted it all around his short summer holiday.

We are also very grateful to Saint Peter’s Church, East Bridgford, for the loan of cassocks and surplices. (with the kind permission of Robert Taylor (Director of Music) and the churchwardens)’

 Quite a number of us then finished off the day with a splendid Italian meal at the Piano restaurant.

A rewarding occasion enjoyed alike by all whether they sing regularly in church choir robes or not. It was good to experience and feel part of Cathedral worship.

Thanks again to Guy, Brad, Beryl and Ben.

Appreciation of Ed Turner


Our summer concert marked the final appearance of Ed Turner as  BDCS’ accompanist and associate conductor after a wonderful four years  Richard Joyner, Chair of BDCS, made a presentation to Ed on behalf of the choir after the concert and his remarks drew attention to Ed’s huge musical talent, his modest and unassuming demeanour and his wicked sense of humour. Everyone in BDCS wishes Ed the very best and we look forward to seeing his career develop over the coming years.

Summer Concert in Newark


Our lunch-time summer concert in Newark has become a delightful tradition for the choir over the past few years. St Mary’s Church has enabled us to become part of their concert programme, designed to have a broad appeal to local audiences, including visitors and shoppers. The beautiful weather we had enjoyed in previous years deserted us this time but there was plenty of sunshine in our programme, with the infectious African melodies and rhythms of Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe, traditional English folk songs arranged by John Rutter and perennial favourites like Danny Boy and Waly Waly.

Michael Overbury becomes BDCS accompanist


Following auditions held during a choir rehearsal last night (3rd July, 2019), BDCS is delighted that Michael Overbury has agreed to accept the position of accompanist to the choir, starting in September 2019. Michael played continuo in our performance of Haydn’s Creation with Mansfield Choral Society in November 2017. A brief biography, published elsewhere on this website, gives some details of his impressive career.

Organist and harpsichordist Michael Overbury’s early musical influences centred on Farnham and London, where he was introduced to the glories of the English liturgical tradition, and it was here also that his organ teacher Stephen Thomson inspired in him a love of the harpsichord.

Horizons broadened with an Organ Scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. After graduating he held a number of posts including deputy organist and choir master at the Cathedral and Abbey Church at St Alban’s. After winning First Prize in the 1982 Manchester International Organ Competition, he appeared twice as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall and has continued to play with many choirs and orchestras.