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

 

 

BBC Bingham: Episode Seven – 6th May 2020. Would I Lie To You?

BBC Bingham Productions

This week we are doing something just for fun, taking the idea from the TV panel show ‘Would I Lie To You’? You will see videos from ten people from the choir, each person will tell three short stories about themselves, two of them will be true, and one a lie.

Your job is to deduce which of the peoples stories is a lie, put your answers on the form provided, and send them to Guy.

Have fun, and good luck!

Click here to start the programme

Click here for the Answer Sheet

Email your answers to guyscottturner@gmail.com

BBC Bingham: Episode 8 – 13th May 2020. Jubilee Prom Repertoire

BBC Bingham Productions

This week Guy Turner looks at some of the other repertoire which we will be performing in the Jubilee Prom next year. You will find a link to the full list of the programme at the foot of this page.

 

Prom 1: Introduction to the Jubilee Prom

Zadoc the Priest

Prom 2: Edgar Bainton

Open Thy Gates

Prom 3: Bainton’s Orchestral Music

The Golden River

Prom 4: And I Saw a New Heaven

And I Saw a New Heaven

Prom 5: Three Lollipops

Habanera           Click here for an English translation of Habanera

Prom 6: Leonard Bernstein

Glitter and be Gay

Prom 7: Candide Overture

Candide Overture

Prom 8: Khatchaturian

Masquerade

Prom 9: Sabre Dance

Sabre Dance

Prom 10: The Onedin Line

Spartacus: Adagio

 

Article by Michael Jones of the Bainton Society (Scroll down once the page opens) http://www.musicweb-international.com/bainton/bainton.htm

And the second list of works by Bainton (Scroll down once the page opens)  http://www.musicweb-international.com/bainton/

Click here for a full list of the Jubilee Prom programme.