Come and Sing: Derby Cathedral Sunday, July 29 (09:00-19:00) Eucharist (10:45)/Evensong (18:00)

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The St. Mary Singers are a group of singers from all over England who learn music in advance and come together for a full day, normally either a Saturday or a Sunday, to rehearse and sing together in cathedrals and churches all over England and Wales. Their programme is set out here. Most of the venues  are in the South of England but one is set in Derby  Cathedral on July 29th. The last one at Derby attracted around 30 singers and the programme provides an opportunity to sing in some of our leading Cathedrals in the company of singers used to performing Church Choral music  to a high standard. Anyone interested in singing with them, or in registering  interest for future events, must contact James Reed ( in advance. Bob Middleton.

An Opportunity to perform Opera

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An Opportunity to perform Opera

            –  in Amsterdam – May 30th – June 2nd/3rd 2019

                 – and /or in Nottingham Sept 9th 2018


We are pleased to announce we finally have details of our third trip. 

My email in November was titled ‘Grand Opera in Berlin’. As some of you know, the plan for Berlin was abandoned for a range of reasons, and we have now settled on Amsterdam. Closer venue, and so the plans below are similar to the Paris trips. We still have an Option for making your own way, but the coach trip would be much less daunting than to Berlin

Following Verdi with a work that includes exciting music for chorus, and orchestra, and would attract an audience is not an easy task, and therefore Opera ‘chunks’ has been the choice. Derek has always loved, and been thrilled by Wagner, and he feels strongly that  this is a great opportunity to experience new and amazing pieces.

The decision to tackle ‘chunks’ of Opera was made with the awareness that most Choral Societies do not have these pieces in their repertoire, and would need to learn the works. As was included in the November email, and discussed at the Lunch last September, we will hold 2 events in 2018, a Taster Day in April and a Choral weekend in September.

We will offer You Tube links, downloads/ books of scores and parts to support this learning. 

( Details to follow)

The proposed programme will include :-

Carmen – Bizet – Act 1

Tosca –  Puccine – Te Deum

Lohengrin – Wagner – Elsa’s Procession

Meistersingers – Wagner – Final Scene

If, like me, you are unfamiliar with opera, wait until you hear some of the links that we’ll send out. I bet  you will become enthused to be part of this glorious noise!

Trip to Amsterdam – 30.05.19 – 2/3.06.19

We will travel using Equity again, and have arranged 3 options.

Option 1   ( 3 nights )     – Travel by coaches leaving from Nottingham & Derby early Thurs 30.05

via Dover / Calais.

Stay in de Rjiper Hotel in Eilenden ( 30 minutes from Amsterdam )

Perform in Einkhauzen (by the Zuyder Zie ) Fri 31st May

Perform in Amsterdam Sat 1st June

Return Sunday 2nd June.

Option 2 ( 4 nights )       – As above but with an extra night for a free day in Amsterdam.

Return Monday 3rd June.

This Option is dependent on sufficient participants to fill a coach.

Supplement of £83

Option 3 ( 3 nights ) – Own travel arrangements to and from hotel, otherwise as Option 1.

Includes coach provision for internal journeys.

( NB Eilenden is about 40 minutes taxi from Schipol Airport.)

Prices – Option 1 – not more than £405

Option 2 – not more than £485

Option 3 – not more than £355

Final prices depend on number of participants.

Some single rooms are available for a supplement.  Non -singing partners are welcome.

This trip will be run by Nottingham Music Enterprises – we have formed our own company!

Equity are asking for the first £50 deposit by April 2018.

If you would like to  register for this trip please let me know.

Send a cheque payable to ,Nottingham Music Enterprises’ for £50 to Nottingham Music Enterprises to:-

Adrian Benselin, 3, Maylands Avenue, Breaston, Derbyshire DE72 3EE

Once we have bank a/c details confirmed for bank transfers we will let you know.

There are pictures attached of the performance venues and the hotel at the bottom of this email.


Events in UK 2018

Please can you let me know if you are interested in taking part in either / both these events, and I will send more information.

Taster Day – Sunday 22nd April – St Benedict’s School Derby DE22 1JD

10.30 – Registration – singers & players to rehearse separately

1.00 – lunch ( not provided )

1.45 – All participants to rehearse together

5.00 – Workshop ends.


The cost will be £10  to cover expenses.

Tea & Coffee during the day will be provided


Choral Weekend  – Saturday 8th Sept – St Benedicts, Derby DE22 1JD

                                    Sunday 9th – Albert Hall Nottingham – workshop followed by a performance.

                                     details to follow

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Jenny – NME Administrator


New competition for young musicians in the East Midlands – the winner!

Emily Hodkinson pictured with John and Barbara Beaumont.

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.

Bucket Surprise!


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.



Cropwell Bishop Singers are very keen to find a new accompanist


Cropwell Bishop Singers are very keen (not quite desperate!) to find a new accompanist as our present incumbent wants to retire in the summer.

Are you, or do you know, a competent pianist who would like to help us?

We are a village choir of a not particularly high standard singing popular music from shows, films, even the hit parade! We do it for fun and have 2 or 3 local concerts per year.

Unfortunately, we cannot afford to pay (!) but we could find reasonable travel expenses, but the lucky person would be guaranteed lots of fun!

Contact Derek Tabron (through BDCS or: 0115 989 4836, 07726 152 282,


Singing the Verdi Requiem in France – June 2017


At the beginning of June 2017, a large contingent of singers from the East Midlands, including a dozen members of BDCS, set off for France with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra to perform the Verdi Requiem in Chartres Cathedral and the Madeleine in Paris.

We were joined by singers from a French and a German choir, making it a truly international experience. It was a fantastic privilege to sing one of the greatest romantic works in the choral repertoire in such legendary places. We were also blessed with four wonderful soloists (Sarah Baillie, Sandra Klara Januszewska, Richard Roddis and Geoff Williams) and the charismatic leadership of Derek Williams, Musical Director of the NSO, to spur us on.

The concerts were well publicised in advance and attracted large, appreciative audiences in both venues. We were even treated to a standing ovation!  A reception in a Paris restaurant provided a fitting, celebratory finale before the long trip back home. Much fun was had and many friendships made along the way, so much so that a visit to Prague is contemplated in two years’ time. The trip was a great example of how choral singing crosses divides and expands horizons, personally and musically.

The photographs are of Chartres Cathedral interior and exterior with son et lumière, and The Madeleine, Paris.



John Rutter leads a Singing Day for Bingham Choir


John Rutter, the legendary composer and conductor of choral music, came to lead a Singing Day at The Minster School, Southwell, on Saturday at the invitation of the Bingham and District Choral Society.  Judith Unell, Publicity Officer for the choir, says, ‘We just couldn’t believe our luck when John agreed to do this for us because he has such an incredibly busy schedule of international commitments. We feel very honoured’  The Singing Day was widely advertised and quickly sold out with more than 300 people attending.   Four young members of the Minster Girls’ Choir helped ensure that things ran smoothly on the day and also took the opportunity to pose for a photo with John.

John Rutter with (l-r) Joanna Bennett, Alexia Doyne-Ditmas, Anna Wood and Molly Barker from The Minster Girls’ Choir

His exuberant and warm personality enabled everyone to relax and experience the joy of singing, but also to benefit from his immense knowledge of vocal technique. There were plenty of highly entertaining anecdotes too, drawn from his rich musical career.  The choice of musical pieces ranged from the poignant and delicate ‘Who is Silvia’ by British composer George Shearing to the storming adaptation by John himself of `When the Saints go Marching In’ at the end of an uplifting, entertaining and unforgettable day.