The Winner of BDCS Composing Competition

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The results of our Composing Competition are now known and the winner is George Parris, from Kinoulton (and at Manchester University) for his piece called ‘A Psalmic Fantasia’ a setting, in Latin, of verses from Psalm 7. It last just over 8 minutes and will open our concert (initially scheduled for April 24th 2021, but we must wait and see when), when we will also sing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and the Rutter Requiem.

The standard of entries was high, and the judges enjoyed looking at and listening to them.

The identities of the composers were only told to the judges after the winner had been selected.

Judges were the choir’s Musical Director, Guy Turner, Ellie Martin, conductor of Mansfield Choral Society and David Machell, Lowdham based composer and concert promoter.

George’s piece is in a modern, but approachable, idiom, well written for an amateur choir, and although the choir will have to work to bring it off, it is not as hard as some previous pieces which the choir has performer successfully.

 

Opportunity to support the choir through Amazon Smile

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This is separate from the Easyfundraising scheme.  You can nominate the choir as a beneficiary under Amazon Smile by clicking on this link. Please ensure that you enter the choir’s name as follows:

Bingham and District Choral Society.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/503557-0

A Cheque for Framework

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Kristen Dougherty from Framework came to our rehearsal last night to receive a replica cheque for £200 from Guy Turner. Framework is one of the two great causes chosen to benefit from donations made at our Christmas Concert. The impact of community fundraising on the lives of  homeless people was vividly illustrated when Kristen read out a letter from a man whose life had been turned around by the services  Framework provides.

 

Cheque Presentation to Alzheimer’s Society

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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.

Christmas Concert Collection

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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 Christmas Tree

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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.