Sparkling Songs and Dazzling Ditties


BDCS is putting on a very special musical evening at  7.30 pm on Saturday 21st September 2019 at St Mary’s Church, Bingham, featuring two very talented people in a programme of songs from the shows and  music hall.

Edward Turner, until very recently our accompanist and assistant conductor, and Emily Hodkinson, mezzo soprano and winner of our first competition for the Beaumont Bursary and Prize in 2107, will combine their considerable talents to enthrall us with  Sparkling Songs and Dazzling Ditties. This will be a delightful event. Tickets will be £10 at the door or from Richard on 07909 663587.

Appreciation of Ed Turner


Our summer concert marked the final appearance of Ed Turner as  BDCS’ accompanist and assistant conductor after a wonderful four years  Richard Joyner, Chair of BDCS, made a presentation to Ed on behalf of the choir after the concert and his remarks drew attention to Ed’s huge musical talent, his modest and unassuming demeanour and his wicked sense of humour. Everyone in BDCS wishes Ed the very best and we look forward to seeing his career develop over the coming years.

Summer Concert in Newark


Our lunch-time summer concert in Newark has become a delightful tradition for the choir over the past few years. St Mary’s Church has enabled us to become part of their concert programme, designed to have a broad appeal to local audiences, including visitors and shoppers. The beautiful weather we had enjoyed in previous years deserted us this time but there was plenty of sunshine in our programme, with the infectious African melodies and rhythms of Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe, traditional English folk songs arranged by John Rutter and perennial favourites like Danny Boy and Waly Waly.

Michael Overbury becomes BDCS accompanist


Following auditions held during a choir rehearsal last night (3rd July, 2019), BDCS is delighted that Michael Overbury has agreed to accept the position of accompanist to the choir, starting in September 2019. Michael played continuo in our performance of Haydn’s Creation with Mansfield Choral Society in November 2017. A brief biography, published elsewhere on this website, gives some details of his impressive career.

Organist and harpsichordist Michael Overbury’s early musical influences centred on Farnham and London, where he was introduced to the glories of the English liturgical tradition, and it was here also that his organ teacher Stephen Thomson inspired in him a love of the harpsichord.

Horizons broadened with an Organ Scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. After graduating he held a number of posts including deputy organist and choir master at the Cathedral and Abbey Church at St Alban’s. After winning First Prize in the 1982 Manchester International Organ Competition, he appeared twice as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall and has continued to play with many choirs and orchestras.

Buxton International Festival 2019


Buxton International Festival invites you to enjoy recitals, ensembles and world-class pianists from 5 – 21 July 2019. The full festival brochure can be downloaded from the link below. Also, you can receive 10% off ticket prices by entering the discount code HIGHLIGHTS10. To book online visit or call the Box Office on 01289 72190.

Festival brochure online here

Our Spring Concert – A Message from a Special Guest


At the choir’s concert on May 11th at St Mary Radcliffe, we gave the world premiere of a recently discovered piece by Eric Thiman (1900 – 1975), a setting of Psalm 23. The concert was attended by Frances Thiman, niece of the composer, who has been instrumental in building up the collection of over 1300 of Thiman’s work, which is held at Southwell Minster. This archive is managed by our conductor, Guy Turner.

Frances wrote to Guy:

‘Thank you for a marvellous and very unusual and quite outstanding concert last night.  There was real depth and interest in the whole programme and the ideas running throughout, and the performances were brilliant.  I very much enjoyed your work, Guy, and I know the whole audience did, and I also appreciated having all the Stevenson poems in the programme – which incidentally I thought was beautifully produced, with a lovely cover. It was very exciting to see Eric’s name on the notice outside the church.  On hearing his piece….. it seemed to me that the piece was quite different to his other works –  more serious perhaps, dramatic and challenging, even in a more modern idiom.  Maybe he felt it was not typical of his other work, even experimental?

  • Anyway – thank you both so much for a very fine and moving experience.’

Easy Fundraising


Choir members and friends, did you know that you can help the choir at no cost to yourselves by registering free of charge with Easyfundraising? Thousand of online retailers are signed up to the scheme, including very well-known names like John Lewis, M&S, Argos and Boden. Once you have registered on the website (, you can trigger a small donation to the choir from a retailer every time you shop.   It’s a painless and effective way to add to choir funds.