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.
We are holding a Wine-Tasting Evening on Saturday 28th March at the Bingham WI Hall, 7 Station Street, Bingham NG13 8AQ. The evening, starting promptly at 7.30pm, will feature Gaucho Wines from Chile and Argentina and will be led by Dave Harrison, who is well-known for running similar events for local groups. 8 wines will be offered for tasting (amounting to a half/two-thirds of a bottle per person over the course of the evening). Soft drinks will also be available and there will be an interval for a supper of French bread, cheese and pate. The cost of a ticket is £12.50 per person. Available at rehearsals or call Sally on 0115 9334576.
Buses run from Bingham to Radcliffe until late in the evening. Our fundraising events are important for the choir’s finances but also offer a lovely opportunity for choir members, their families and friends to socialise and relax.
Choir supporters Ira Unell and Adele Poulson collecting for our two chosen charities, Framework and the Alzheimer’s Society, after our Christmas Concert on 14th December 2019. A splendid total of £380.61 was raised on the night and additional donations have increased the sum to £400. BDCS would like to thank our audience and everyone who took part in the concert for their generosity in supporting these very worthwhile causes.
BDCS members Linda Hunter and Janet Chapman decorating the BDCS contribution to the 2019 Bingham Church Christmas Tree Festival. The finished tree looks fantastic! Do go along to St Mary’s Church to see it and all the other wonderful trees supplied by community groups. The festival runs from 5 – 8 December 2019.
Choir member Paul Skelton writes
On August 3rd a group of Bingham members had the privilege of singing evensong in Southwell Minster.
A small group of 25 of us appropriately attired and led by Guy began in the crossing with an unaccompanied rendering of Tallis’s beautiful motet – ‘If ye love me keep my commandments’ – before processing to the choir stalls for the regular service.
Many are well acquainted with singing response and psalms but for others it was a challenging yet worthwhile experience. Our organist [former Southwell organ scholar Ben Mills] and Guy himself guided us expertly through these.
These were followed by settings in C by Stanford of the canticles – Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis whose ‘Glorias’ gave us a real chance to shine. The anthem ‘O Thou the Central Orb’ by Charles Wood offered another opportunity for us to sing out in the wonderful acoustic the Minster possesses and we made full use of it.
Our Chairman Richard Joyner summed up how we all felt:-
‘On behalf of everyone who took part, I would like to say a huge thank you to all involved in bringing about yesterday‘s successful Choral Evensong. It was an inspiring and inspirational event, one which I very much hope we will be able to repeat,
Special thanks go to to Bradley Poulson, Beryl Cottrill and our indefatigable MD, Guy Turner. Brad and Guy spotted the opportunity, and Brad and Beryl undertook the not inconsiderable organisational task of making it all happen. Guy chose music which was a joy to sing, but which it was possible to learn in a relatively short time. With typical commitment, he fitted it all around his short summer holiday.
We are also very grateful to Saint Peter’s Church, East Bridgford, for the loan of cassocks and surplices. (with the kind permission of Robert Taylor (Director of Music) and the churchwardens)’
Quite a number of us then finished off the day with a splendid Italian meal at the Piano restaurant.
A rewarding occasion enjoyed alike by all whether they sing regularly in church choir robes or not. It was good to experience and feel part of Cathedral worship.
Thanks again to Guy, Brad, Beryl and Ben.
Our summer concert marked the final appearance of Ed Turner as BDCS’ accompanist and associate 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.