Bingham Choral Bursary winner, Mezzo-Soprano Emily Hodkinson, gave a very polished lunchtime recital at Southwell Minster on 13th July, as part of the Minster’s regular series. she sang an interesting programme mixing American and French Music, and including a number of pieces by female composers. A full quire gave her a great reception, especially after her energetic and humorous final number. The choir is looking forward to Emily performing with us at the autumn concert on November 17th.
When Guy Turner, Bingham Choral’s conductor, set out to write BYRON IN ITALY for the concert in July, he did not think it would result in an invitation to go to Italy!
The concert on July 7th involved a total of 140 voices, including Bingham Choral. also taking part were the Cathedral Youth Choir from Sarzana in Italy (Southwell’s twin town). They enjoyed singing the piece so much that they have invited Guy to travel to Italy in November to conduct a performance in Lerici Castle on the famous bay of poets (Byron spent time with Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley). This will be a special pleasure for him because he has visited Sarzana before with the Lay Clerks of Sourthwell Minster, and has been closely involved in hosting the youth choir when they have visited Southwell.
The concert, which will include other Byron settings also performed at our own concert, will be on November 2nd at 9.00pm for anyone who may be passing.
Pictured above are ‘Five belles plus one’ the winning team at BDCS Quiz social evening held on Saturday 28th April. Five belles plus one saw off eight other teams to emerge as victors in a fiercely fought contest. According to the Quiz-master (Guy Turner) there were only 3 questions that no-one got, William IV and two of the Wall groups (not dissimilar to the ‘wall’ round in the BBC TV Quiz ‘Only Connect’).
This social evening as well as being good fun raised £206 via a collection for the charity Strength Restored an Anti-Bullying Organisation run by Guy’s son Tom. Tom wishes to pass on his thanks to everyone on behalf of Strength Restored. You cam read more about Strength Restored at http://www.strengthrestored.co.uk/
Bingham and District Choral Society has launched a new Bursary and Prize open to young musicians (aged under 24 years) across the East Midlands.
The final was held in Bingham on Saturday and featured five outstanding performers: a cellist and four singers. Ranging from Boccherini to Britten, the wide repertoire on display was impressive for its ambition and mastery. The difficult task of selecting the winning candidate fell to a panel of four experienced judges.
Emily Hodkinson, a mezzo soprano from Nottingham, emerged as the winner. Her confident and elegant performance comprised works by Gounod, Brahms, Purcell and Hahn. She was accompanied by Angela Foan.
Emily will receive a Bursary of £500 to help develop her musical career. This has been generously funded by the Patron of Bingham and District Choral Society, John Beaumont, and his wife Barbara. In addition, Emily has been awarded a Prize in the form of an opportunity to perform with the choir in the future.
In second place was Ben Watkins, a bass from Nottingham, while Katharine Ley, a cellist from Lincolnshire came third.
The competition is an exciting new departure for the Choral Society. It is an opportunity to increase our community involvement by helping local young talent to flourish.
The collection at Bingham & District Choral Society Carol Concert raised £976.55 (including Gift Aid) for Framework the charity that raises funds to help homeless people in Nottinghamshire.
Pictured is our Musical Director (Guy Turner) clearly surprised (and no doubt delighted) at the success of the collection taken at the end of the concert. Guy thanks all those that gave generously to support this worthwhile charity.