Choir members tuning into Anne-Marie Minhall’s afternoon programme on Classic FM last Friday (18th January, 2019) were delighted to hear a request from Brad Poulson being aired on behalf of BDCS. Here is the clip for those who missed it. The Rutter piece chosen for Brad and the choir was the Requiem Aeternam. Well done Brad for putting the choir out there!
Once again this year, members of the choir and the audience at our Christmas Concert were invited to donate to Framework, the charity that tackles homelessness across Nottinghamshire. The appeal raised the splendid sum of £488.45. Here are Guy Turner (l) and Douglas Travers with some of the Framework collecting buckets on the night.
Despite the dreadful weather, the BDCS Christmas Concert on Saturday 15th December 2018 at St Mary’s Church, Bingham, was sold out once again. Our thanks to everyone who made it such a special event: Bingham Brass with their wonderful seasonal sound, the delightful Carnarvon Children’s Choir, and our accomplished organist Simon Hogan who supported the choir and took us on a sleigh ride of his own.
I had not intended running this year, but at the committee meeting in September ‘we’ decided that I should. I would not be able to run until a few weeks before the event as Sue and I were off to Italy the morning after the committee meeting. On return I managed some long runs and felt reasonably confident that I could get round. Sunday 14th October was wet, and cool if not cold. I decided that I would run for the first few miles in an old jumper I could throw away and this was covered by a black dustbin liner to keep me reasonably dry. To my surprise, it all went well. The circuit had been nearly all reversed, which meant that what was previously a killer hill towards the end was now a fairly relaxed decent about a mile after the start. I also chatted to another runner for about seven miles which helped. I kept the bin liner on for about 3 miles and the jumper for six. I think I managed my run better this year and felt a lot more comfortable, although very wet towards the end.
Thanks to all the members and one or two others who sponsored me.
11 MAY 2019
Eric Thiman The Lord is My Shepherd (Harriet Astbury, Soprano, Caroline Clemmow, Piano, Bingham and District Choral Society, St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent, 7.30pm.)
Forty-four years after the death of the prolific English composer Eric Thiman (who had more than 1300 pieces published in his lifetime), a setting of Psalm 23 receives its premiere on May 11th.
The manuscript was recently unearthed amongst Thiman’s effects, and is definetely in his hand, but it is unusual for a number of reasons: (a) Thiman did not, as a rule, keep his manuscripts; (b) Thiman nearly always wrote sacred music with organ and secular music with piano; (c) the copy, though very clearly in Thiman’s hand, does not carry his name; (d) in several respects, the piece is stylistically rather different from much of Thiman’s music.
The most curious thing though is that where Thiman’s name would normally appear there is the word ‘Paulatim’. On investigation it turns out that ‘paulatim’ means ‘little by little’ in Latin, and Thiman’s niece Frances has made the possible connection with ‘Eric, or Little by Little’ the title of a popular Victorian children’s book by FW Farrar. Knowing how much Thiman and his brother loved humorous word-play, Frances wonders whether Paulatim was used as a code-name.
A possible explanation for the existence of this unpublished piece, and the use of ‘Paulatim’, is that it might have been intended as an entry for a composing competition, and that Thiman was disguising both his name and his style in order to throw the judges off the scent. The manuscript is dated July 1962 , when Thiman was very well-known, so entering a composing competition would seem odd, though, if he did do so (possibly for amusement, or maybe to fox the judges who might have been friends of his?), disguising himself would seem less so.
An attractive and lyrical piece, like all Thiman’s music in an approachable, conventional idiom, The Lord is my Shepherd receives it’s premiere conducted by Thiman’s archivist, Guy Turner.
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.