Bingham Choral Bursary winner, Mezzo-Soprano Emily Hodkinson, gave a very polished lunchtime recital at Southwell Minster on 13th July, as part of the Minster’s regular series. she sang an interesting programme mixing American and French Music, and including a number of pieces by female composers. A full quire gave her a great reception, especially after her energetic and humorous final number. The choir is looking forward to Emily performing with us at the autumn concert on November 17th.
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!
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/
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.
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.
Cropwell Bishop Singers are very keen (not quite desperate!) to find a new accompanist as our present incumbent wants to retire in the summer.
Are you, or do you know, a competent pianist who would like to help us?
We are a village choir of a not particularly high standard singing popular music from shows, films, even the hit parade! We do it for fun and have 2 or 3 local concerts per year.
Unfortunately, we cannot afford to pay (!) but we could find reasonable travel expenses, but the lucky person would be guaranteed lots of fun!
Contact Derek Tabron (through BDCS or: 0115 989 4836, 07726 152 282, email@example.com)
At the beginning of June 2017, a large contingent of singers from the East Midlands, including a dozen members of BDCS, set off for France with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra to perform the Verdi Requiem in Chartres Cathedral and the Madeleine in Paris.
We were joined by singers from a French and a German choir, making it a truly international experience. It was a fantastic privilege to sing one of the greatest romantic works in the choral repertoire in such legendary places. We were also blessed with four wonderful soloists (Sarah Baillie, Sandra Klara Januszewska, Richard Roddis and Geoff Williams) and the charismatic leadership of Derek Williams, Musical Director of the NSO, to spur us on.
The concerts were well publicised in advance and attracted large, appreciative audiences in both venues. We were even treated to a standing ovation! A reception in a Paris restaurant provided a fitting, celebratory finale before the long trip back home. Much fun was had and many friendships made along the way, so much so that a visit to Prague is contemplated in two years’ time. The trip was a great example of how choral singing crosses divides and expands horizons, personally and musically.
The photographs are of Chartres Cathedral interior and exterior with son et lumière, and The Madeleine, Paris.