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.   https://thimancollection.org/

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.’

Accompanist, Bingham and District Choral Society



Bingham and District Choral Society wishes to appoint an accompanist.  The choir, which does not audition and currently has about 90 members, was established nearly fifty years ago by Neville Ward.  Guy Turner has been our Musical Director since 2015.

The Choir gives three or four concerts each year, often with orchestral accompaniment, our season running from September to June.  Two concerts feature great music of the choral repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary, a third being music for the Christmas season and then fourthly a smaller performance in the summer months.  We perform in local churches and in venues such as Nottingham’s Albert Hall and Southwell Minster.  We rehearse regularly on Wednesday evenings and occasionally on Saturdays.

The choir is seeking a dynamic and skilled accompanist who has substantial experience with SATB choirs.  Competitive remuneration will be paid.  Further details, including the job specification, may be obtained from our website www.binghamchoral.org.uk or from Guy Turner <guyscottturner@gmail.com> .

Applicants should submit a full CV and details of two referees to choir@binghamchoral.org.uk    to arrive no later than mid-day on 7th June 2019.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and to take a short audition with the choir on the morning of 22nd June2019.  The successful applicant will take up the post on 1st September 2019.

For further details of job specification and employment conditions, please see Members page of this website


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 (www.easyfundraising.org.uk), 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.

Chance to take part in a ‘Hymnathon’


Ellie Martin has sent this message:

I’m writing to let you know about a free singing opportunity on 18th May. As well as conducting Mansfield Choral Society, I also work at Nottingham Cathedral as the Youth Choir Director, alongside Director of Music, Alex Patterson, who many of you met at the recent ‘Come and Sing’ day.

We are running a fundraising HYMNATHON and Gala Concert on 18th May at the Cathedral as part of the celebrations for its 175th Anniversary this year, and to help cover costs for taking our youth Choir to Lourdes in July as part of the Diocesan pilgrimage, where they will provide the music for masses alongside the Cathedral Choir. Three pieces in the concert will be performed by a Massed Choir made up of local singers, and there will also be lots of hymns!

If you are interested in finding out more and signing up, please go to:


It’s free, and everyone is welcome – the more the merrier! We would love to see you there.


Singing Messiah in Aslockton





If you are interested and would like further information,

please contact Graham Harper on 01949 850257 or at


Farewell and Thank You to Robin


Sylvia and Robin Aldworth have played an enormous part in the life of BDCS  over the past twenty years. Choir members took the opportunity at our last rehearsal to acknowledge Robin’s particular contribution as graphic artist,  photographer and producer of our concert programmes and publicity. His valuable skills have enabled us to promote the choir and record important moments. He has always approached the assignments with energy, patience and humour, however unreasonable the deadline!  We will miss both Sylvia and Robin when they move to Cheshire. We hope they will miss us too and that the case of carefully chosen wine will help them settle into their new life.

Afterwards, Sylvia and Robin wrote:

Please pass on our thanks to the Committee and the BDCS members for their generous gift of wine presented at last Wednesday’s rehearsal. It will play a major part in our house-warming ceremonies at Holmes Chapel! It is also important to include Dave (Morgan) in our appreciation as we gather he was responsible to coming up with a very interesting selection! With all best wishes for the continuing future success of the Society.