When Guy Turner, Bingham Choral’s conductor, set out to write BYRON IN ITALY for the concert in July, he did not think it would result in an invitation to go to Italy!

Guy TurnerTaking part in the July performance will be the Cathedral Youth Choir from Sarzana in Italy (Southwell’s twin town). They have enjoyed singing the piece so much that they have invited Guy to travel to Italy in early November to conduct a performance in  Villa Marigola in Lerici (here Byron spent some time with Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley). This will be a special pleasure for him because he has visited Sarzana before with the Lay Clerks of Sourthwell Minster, and has been colosely involved in hosting the youth choir when they have visited Southwell

‘Five belles plus one’ romp to BDCS quiz victory


Pictured above are ‘Five belles plus one’  the winning team at BDCS Quiz social evening held on Saturday 28th April. Five belles plus one saw off eight other teams to emerge as victors in a fiercely fought contest. According to the Quiz-master (Guy Turner) there were only 3 questions that no-one got, William IV and two of the Wall groups (not dissimilar to the ‘wall’ round in the BBC TV Quiz ‘Only Connect’).

This social evening as well as being good fun raised £206 via a collection for the charity Strength Restored an Anti-Bullying Organisation run by Guy’s son Tom. Tom wishes to pass on his thanks to everyone on behalf of Strength Restored. You cam read more about Strength Restored at http://www.strengthrestored.co.uk/


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

Event, News

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 (jnmr84094@gmail.com) in advance. Bob Middleton.

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.