Robert Parker

Instrumentalist, Soloists

Originally from Bath, Robert is a Graduate and Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, London.  He studied horn with John Burden, former principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra and top session player – the John Burden Horn Quartet can be heard at the start of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album!

Robert has appeared as a soloist across the country including in London, Somerset, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and the East Midlands.  He has performed concerti by J S Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Telemann, Schumann and Richard Strauss, and also Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, becoming something of a champion of the horn and new music for the horn along the way… He has had music written especially for him, including Andy Evans’ Horn Concerto which he premièred in 2009 at the Albert Hall, Nottingham. Andy said that he wrote the piece ‘to showcase Robert’s lyrical and sensitive playing, that I have listened to over many years’.  Robert was invited to play the horn obbligato in A Celebration of Psalms, a new choral work composed in 2013 by Burton Joyce based David Machell, who then wrote a Horn Concerto for him.  Robert gave a “bravura performance” at its première in St Mary’s Church, Nottingham in July 2018.   He is looking forward immensely to playing the horn obbligato part in Guy Turner’s Lux Aeterna with the B&DCS on 17th November 2018.

As a busy freelance musician, Robert plays principal horn with the English Pro Musica, Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, National Festival Orchestra (including ten years with the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Buxton’s Opera House), along with numerous other professional orchestras, and has been a member of the Southwell Festival Sinfonia since its inception in 2014, under the baton of artistic director Marcus Farnsworth.  Robert enjoys chamber music, performing with the Hough Ensemble (a piano and wind group) at a variety of venues, including Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, Worksop College as part of their Worksop Music Concert Series, Grantham Music Club and Bingham Community Arts. He also regularly gives horn and piano recitals with Antony Clare.

The year 2018 heralds Robert’s 25th anniversary as Music Director of the Nottingham Concert Band, a thriving community band based in West Bridgford.  They are fresh from their tenth season of Proms in the Park, having celebrated Armed Forces Day in Bridgford Park on 30th June 2018 in collaboration with Rushcliffe Borough Council.  He is currently grants and donations officer for the British Horn Society as well as being a member of the executive committee, and has been active in co-organising a number of BHS national festivals, most recently in 2017 in Glasgow: this year’s festival is on 21st October 2018 in Cardiff.

For relaxation, Robert and his wife Ann enjoy walking their greyhound Mr Piper by the River Trent, and tending their allotment.

 

Elizabeth Paul

Mezzo-Soprano, Soloists

Elizabeth Paul: Mezzo-SopranoElizabeth is a graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, where she gained an honours degree in Music whilst specialising in solo performance. Alongside her studies, she sang as a choral scholar with the college’s highly acclaimed chapel choir, and also sang regularly as a soloist with Royal Holloway’s Early Music Society and the college’s ‘Undergraduated’ Big Band. Now based in London, Elisabeth enjoys a busy career as a freelance soloist, choral singer and choir administrator. She sings regularly with a number of ensembles including St Martin’s Voices, The Erebus Ensemble, The Portrait Choir, Sansara, Eboracum Baroque, the Choir of St Peter’s Church Eaton Square, The Echoris Ensemble, and the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain, and she is one 5th of the classical-crossover girl group Celeste. Elisabeth is an alumna of the Genesis Sixteen choral training programme, which is generously supported by the Genesis Foundation and run by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan, and she held a choral scholarship at St Martin-in-the-Fields for the academic year 2013-2014. Choral singing has taken Elisabeth on tours of Sweden, Italy, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Malaysia, and the US, as well as all over the UK, and she has sung for world renowned conductors at the BBC Proms including Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, and Daniel Barenboim. She has had the opportunity to sing on several live radio and television broadcasts including BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Choral Evensong, BBC One’s Songs of Praise, The Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance, and services at The Cenotaph and St Martin-in-the-Fields to commemorate the 70th Anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day. She has also recorded critically acclaimed discs for Hyperion.

James Savage-Hanford

Soloists, Tenor

James read Music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Royal Holloway, University of London, before undertaking postgraduate training in vocal performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying with Adrian Thompson.

James made his international debut as Ferrando Così fan tutte with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra at the Birgitta Festival, Tallinn, in 2016. Other operatic highlights include Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Bardolfo Falstaff (Black Cat Opera Company) and Remendado Carmen (OperaUpClose). Earlier this year, he made his solo debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields, in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem alongside the Brandenburg Sinfonia.

When not singing, James is also active as a musicologist, and is currently studying for a PhD on the music of George Enescu at Royal Holloway, where he is also a visiting tutor. www.jamessavagehanford.com.

James Williams

Baritone, Soloists

James Williams was born in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Since graduating, James has distinguished himself as a successful artist on the operatic stage as well as in concert and recital.

In 2015-16, James completed the trilogy of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas, performing the title role of Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso/Così fan tutte and Il Conte/Le nozze di Figaro in fully-staged productions across the UK with Dulwich Opera Company and Opera Seria.

In oratorio, James has performed as baritone soloist in: Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Jonathan Rathbone’s Christmas Truce.

BBC Bingham: Episode One – 25th March 2020

BBC Bingham Productions

Dear BDCS

Here is our first attempt at a video substitute for rehearsals. I hope you enjoy it. Start by clicking on Video 1 and then as you work through you will be told when to click on the subsequent links. Some of the YouTube links start with adverts, these will either play out, or you can click on the ‘skip advert’ button. Each link opens a new window, so by closing the window when the video ends you come back to BBC Bingham.

  1. Video 1_Guy: Introductions (8:02)
  2. Video 2_Ca’ the Yowes (arr. R.Vaughan Williams) (4.27)
  3. Video 3_Guy (1:28)
  4. Video 4_Cerys Matthews – ‘Sospan Fach’ (2.09)
  5. Video 5_Guy (0.52)
  6. Video 6_ Voces8, Sibeal -Traditional: Carrickfergus (Arr.Pacey) (4.29)
  7. Video 7_Guy: ‘The Final Choice’ (0.32)
  8. Video 8_Steeleye Span-All Around My Hat (Live Cropredy) (4.22)
  9. Video 9_Guy: ‘So that’s the plan.’ (1:16)
  10. Sound recording_of Judy Brown: Robert Burns: My luve is like a red red rose. (2.39)
  11. Sound recording_ of Judy Brown: Tchaikovsky Queen of Spades – Prodrugi Milye (4.30)
  12. Video 12_Guy: ‘So I hope you found that interesting’ (0.23)

 

Extra video you might like to watch:

Dives and Lazarus – Maddy Prior

Vaughan Williams Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus (with score)

Barbara Dickson she Moved through the Fair

Extra performance of Sopan Fach

 

Guy’s email for future suggestions – guyscottturner@gmail.com

 

BBC Bingham: Episode Two – 1st April 2020

BBC Bingham Productions

Dear BDCS

This week a quiz of six rounds all about choral music. Start by clicking on Video 1 for Guy’s introduction and then work through the Quiz.

Video 1: Guy’s Introduction

Click here for quiz questions (you might find it easier to print this off)

 

Sound files for Round Three:

Question 1:

Question 2:

Question 3:

Question 4:

Question 5:

Question 6:

Question 7:

Question 8:

Question 9:

Question 10:

 

Click here for the Answers

Guy’s email for  for sending him your  quiz score, and future suggestions – guyscottturner@gmail.com

BBC Bingham: Episode Three – 8th April 2020

BBC Bingham Productions

Dear BDCS

Ever wondered what its like to sing in a Cathedral Choir? Our Musical Director, Guy Turner, Decani Bass at Southwell Cathedral, gives us a behind the scenes view of this ancient practice. Start by clicking on Video 1, then follow Guys instructions.

Video 1 : Guys introduction

Sound clip 1: Campbell Sing We Merrily From ‘Take the Psalm’, Priory Records –  PRCD 1157

Video 2: Who makes up the Cathedral Choir?

Sound clip 2: O Waly Waly, Southwell Cathedral Lay Clerks

Video 3 :The Lay Clerks and their idiosyncrasies……

Sound clip 3: Over the Rainbow, Southwell Cathedral Lay Clerks

Video 4 :The Choristers

Sound clip 4: Midwinter from ‘Lo Newborn Jesus’, Cantoris Records CRCD 6088

Video 5: A vast repertoire

Sound clip 5: Psalm 129 from ‘Take the Psalm

Video 6:  The Girls Choir

Sound clip 6: Missa Brevis Gloria from Christus Rex

Video 7:  The Organists

Sound clip 7: Kyrie from Vierne Messe Solennell. From Vierne/Langlais disc, Regent records REGCD425

 

BBC Bingham: Episode Four – 15th April 2020, Desert Island Discs – Michael Overbury

BBC Bingham Productions

Richard Joyner’s guest this week is virtuoso keyboard player, choral conductor and BDCS accompanist Michael Overbury.

Recorded on 8th April 2020, observing the Governments lockdown, with Michael Overbury (Guest) in Newark, Richard Joyner (Presenter) in Radcliffe on Trent, and Brad Poulson (Producer) in Southwell. Using technology designed for conducting remote meetings, Richard was able to interview Michael about his musical career. Occasionally the sound quality can be a little distorted (apologies Michael)!

Unlike the programmes produced by the alternative ‘BBC’, you can choose to listen to the complete recording of Michael’s chosen discs, which would give you a total running time of 2 hrs 32 mins. To avoid copyright issues Michael’s preferred recordings aren’t always included, but his complete and preferred choice is listed here.

Now please sit back, relax, and enjoy Michael Overbury’s Desert Island Discs (select each interview and disc in order).

Disc: 1 (11:38)

Disc: 2 (11:12)

Disc: 3 (11:09)

Disc: 4 (49:23)

Disc: 5 (38:40)

Disc: 6 (22:40)

Disc: 7 (4:58)

Disc:8 (3:07)

 

BBC Bingham: Episode Five – 22nd April 2020, Desert Island Discs – Guy Turner

BBC Bingham Productions

Richard Joyner’s guest this week is composer, cathedral singer, quiz setter and Musical Director of BDCS, Guy Turner.

Guy in 2003 at Tom’s 21st. (Ben, Tom, Guy, Hannah)

 

Recorded on 14th & 15th April 2020, observing the Governments lockdown, with Guy Turner (Guest) in Southwell, Richard Joyner (Presenter) in Radcliffe on Trent, and Brad Poulson (Producer) in Southwell. Using a variety of technology designed for conducting remote meetings, Richard was able to interview Guy about his musical career.

Unlike the programmes produced by the alternative ‘BBC’, you can choose to listen to the complete recording of Guy’s chosen discs, which would give you a total running time of 2 hrs 19 mins. To avoid copyright issues Guy’s preferred recordings aren’t always included, but his complete and preferred choice, and specific tracks are  listed here.

Now please sit back, relax, and enjoy Guy Turner’s Desert Island Discs (select each interview and disc in order).

Disc: 1 (23:11)

Disc 2: (4:53)

Disc: 3 (4:29)

Disc: 4 (3:18)

Disc: 5 (1:31:23)

Disc: 6 (3:12)

Disc: 7 (3:35)

Disc:8 (5:36)

 

 

 

 

 

BBC Bingham: Episode Six – 29th April 2020. Elgar and The Music Makers

BBC Bingham Productions

This week Guy Turner looks forward to our future repertoire and takes us on a guided tour of Sir Edward Elgar, and the piece we selected for our November 2021 Jubilee Prom concert, The Music Makers.

Sir Edward Elgar

Track 1: Elgar and The Music Makers

Salut D’Amour

Track 2: Last Night of the Proms

Coronation Ode

Track 3: Sospiri

Sospiri

Track 4: Sea Pictures

Sea Pictures No 4

Track 5: A Far Cry

Introduction and Allegro

Track 6: The Music Makers

The Music Makers

Here is the link to the Music Makers score