Bingham Carol Singers’ Success


This unlikely band of Bingham basses has generated a huge response, to the tune (?) of £1000, through our Christmas appeal to support the superb work of Framework.  We have received this very appreciative letter from the charity. We are sure that everyone at BDCS would like to thank  the carol singers- David, Paul, Patrick, Huw, Derek, Brad, Guy and John – for their fantastic fundraising effort and for being such good sports.   Equally, we must thank our members and friends who responded so generously.  Will they sing again next year? Maybe in tune? You’d better watch out!


Dear Guy and all at Bingham Choral,

I hope this finds you all well at such a challenging time.

Thank you so much for your incredibly generous donation of more than £1,000 to Framework as a result of The Bingham Carol Singer. This significant donation will be earmarked for our Homeless To Home Winter Appeal, focussing on our work preventing rough sleeping, supporting rough sleepers, and resettling them into long term secure accommodation. Your support means a great deal and will make a huge difference to the lives of the people we exist to support, at a time when they need that support just that little bit more.

As you probably know, our work begins with homelessness – but thanks to your generosity it doesn’t end there. We deliver housing, health, employment, support and care services to people with a diverse range of needs. Last year we supported almost 19,000 people of all ages across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Without the generosity of our friends in the community, we couldn’t continue to empower so many people to achieve financial stability, social inclusion and independence.

Once again from all of us at Framework, thank you for your help!


Yours sincerely,         


Matt Cooke

Supporter Engagement and Income Generation Officer






The Bingham Carol Singers


The Bingham Carol Singers
and Framework

Usually at this time of year, we at Bingham and District Choral Society are rehearsing for our Christmas Concert in Bingham Church, a landmark community event in our calendar. Like so many other delightful musical occasions, it has been obliterated by the pandemic.

Covid, however, was no match for the determination of eight members of our bass section to spread a little Christmas cheer among the rest of the choir by recording a video for our entertainment. The idea then evolved to include a fundraising element, similar to the collection for local charities that has become a feature of the annual Christmas Concert. Framework, a Nottingham-based charity offering shelter and support services to homeless people, has been a favourite cause for BDCS over the past several years and its work has become even more vital during the public health crisis of 2020.

We invite you to enjoy the video and make a donation to Framework via the choir. And so lock up the dog, pour yourself a stiff drink, watch the Bingham Carol Singers and try not to choke on your mince pie. Merry Christmas!

Please make a donation to Framework in the following way:

  • By bank transfer (on-line banking) to: Account name: Bingham and District Choral Society, Sort Code: 30-90-89, Account Number: 35138968. Please put ‘Framework’ in the reference field, or
  • By cheque, payable to Bingham & District Choral Society, and post it to The Treasurer, Hill House Cottage, Burgage Lane, Southwell, Nottingham. NG25 0ER.


The Winner of BDCS Composing Competition


The results of our Composing Competition are now known and the winner is George Parris, from Kinoulton (and at Manchester University) for his piece called ‘A Psalmic Fantasia’ a setting, in Latin, of verses from Psalm 7. It last just over 8 minutes and will open our concert (initially scheduled for April 24th 2021, but we must wait and see when), when we will also sing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and the Rutter Requiem.

The standard of entries was high, and the judges enjoyed looking at and listening to them.

The identities of the composers were only told to the judges after the winner had been selected.

Judges were the choir’s Musical Director, Guy Turner, Ellie Martin, conductor of Mansfield Choral Society and David Machell, Lowdham based composer and concert promoter.

George’s piece is in a modern, but approachable, idiom, well written for an amateur choir, and although the choir will have to work to bring it off, it is not as hard as some previous pieces which the choir has performer successfully.


Opportunity to support the choir through Amazon Smile


This is separate from the Easyfundraising scheme.  You can nominate the choir as a beneficiary under Amazon Smile by clicking on this link. Please ensure that you enter the choir’s name as follows:

Bingham and District Choral Society.

A Cheque for Framework


Kristen Dougherty from Framework came to our rehearsal last night to receive a replica cheque for £200 from Guy Turner. Framework is one of the two great causes chosen to benefit from donations made at our Christmas Concert. The impact of community fundraising on the lives of  homeless people was vividly illustrated when Kristen read out a letter from a man whose life had been turned around by the services  Framework provides.


Cheque Presentation to Alzheimer’s Society


We were delighted to welcome Denise Kerrison from the Alzheimer’s Society to our rehearsal last night. The charity received £200 raised from our Christmas Concert and Guy Turner presented a replica cheque for that amount. Denise warmly expressed her thanks for the generosity of our members and supporters, explaining how community fundraising sustains a wide range of imaginative work to help people with Alzheimer’s and their carers.