BDCS Jubilee Mug

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Our splendid 50th anniversary mug is now on sale. It will be a lovely memento of this special year. Sincere thanks to choir member Linda Hunter for her brilliant artwork.

 

St Matthew Passion Come and Sing

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COME & SING

Bach ‘St.Matthew Passion’ excerpts

 Good Friday, 15th April 2022, at Bottesford Parish Church

The Cranmer Company of Singers and Musical Director Deborah Davies are hosting another charity Come & Sing. This popular event, where time and talents are freely given, raised a record £2,409 at the last event with over 190 singers taking part; so bring your voice, bring a friend, have a good time and see how much we can raise in 2022.

‘St.Matthew Passion’ is widely regarded as one the masterpieces of classical sacred music, an incredibly moving work full of drama and emotion.

All welcome – £6/8/10 to sing, tiered as we ask you to select the amount you wish to give. Donations on door from audience.

Rehearsal 4.30pm (arrive earlier to register), charity performance at 7.30pm.

 

Singers please book your place by contacting Heather: heather@ng7.org.uk  or  0115 947 4759.

Music provided if required.

Money raised will go to the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal via Tearfund.

Soprano: Rachel Cropley        Mezzosoprano: Rosemary Braddy

Tenor: Colin Reed                   Bass: Geoff Harbach

Violin: Sarah Cresswell

Flute: Viola Calthrop-Owen    Oboe: Victoria Price

Organist: Philip Robinson

Conductor: Deborah Davies

Singers – if you wish, bring a picnic supper to have between rehearsal and performance.  Sober dress  Men: suit & tie, Ladies: sober Sunday best.

 Come … and … Sing, or Come and Listen, you will be made very welcome.

 

Guy’s Long Walk

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Choir members may already know that Guy Turner is undertaking a major walking challenge in the summer and autumn of 2022. Beginning in late July and ending in early October, he will be walking solo from Lands End to John O’Groats.

He will be meeting all the costs of the trip himself, and seeking sponsorship to raise money for Bingham and District Choral Society and three other charities:

Awards for Young Musicians – supporting talented young musicians from low-income families throughout the UK. (Guy’s daughters is AYM’s Operations and Communications Director.)

Framework, the Charity supporting homeless and vulnerable people throughout the East Midlands.

Southwell Minster, specifically for the development of the Minster’s outdoor spaces in line with its role as an Eco-Cathedral

His initial target is to raise at total of £10,000, £2500 for each charity, though he hopes that the final total will be a lot more. Sponsors will be able to choose which charity or charities they support.

When asked about this challenge Guy said, ‘I watch a lot of TV quizzes (and work for some of them as a question writer and checker) and the question master often asks ‘What would you do if you won the jackpot?’ One day I asked myself that question and straight away I realised I would like to walk Land’s End to John O’Groats. In fact, I found a reference in my 1971 diary to wanting to do this! Now is the time. Coupled with this desire is the opportunity to raise money for the Minster and Bingham Choral, as  well as two other charities close to my heart. ‘

Guy is already attracting a lot of interest in his project. Listen here to his interview with Mark Dennison on Radio Nottingham on 4th January 2022.

To find out more about his plans (and how to sponsor him), go to http://guyturner.co.uk/lands-end-to-john-ogroats/ . If you know anyone who might be able to provide accommodation along the way, the details of the route, and how to contact him, are already on the website.  You can also scan the QR code below to go direct to the BDCS Giving Page.

Bingham Basses and the Cycling Santa

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Following their inaugural performance last Christmas as Carol Singers with a severe tuning problem, the Bingham Basses have reunited to sing about the exploits of Cycling Santa. They have a variety of  alarming headgear guaranteed to cause traffic  congestion and their very own song composed by Guy Turner . They aim to build upon the wonderful sum of £390 raised for Framework, a local charity serving homeless people across the East Midlands,  from our generous members and audience  at our Carol Concert on 11th December 2021. Their last video raised £1000 in extra donations and they would love to beat that total this year. Details of how to donate are given at the end of this YouTube video of their performance. Please give generously..

 

Autumn Concert at Orston

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We have received some lovely feed-back from Jules Humpheson after our concert in Orston Church on 27th November, 2021. Jules and his local team were enormously helpful in planning and setting up the concert, including moving around the heavy pews on the morning of the performance. Jules has given permission for his comments to be posted here.

 On a personal note , I would like to thank you for bringing back many fond memories – here are some of them:

The Handel reminded me of singing in our junior school music class, where we tackled ‘Every Valley’ (and pretty well for 10-year old children!).

‘O for the wings of a dove’ brought back memories of my senior school choir, as I remember singing this myself at Walsall Town Hall in the 70s.

The Parris, of singing evensong psalms at church in my childhood.

The flute parts of my wedding to Maria in the church in 2013, where my daughter Jenny played the flute.

Ellie-Jean reminded me of Jenny singing solo, particularly as Rutter was a mainstay of the cathedral choir.

The cello parts brought to mind my sister and niece, both of whom are cellists.

The choir singing in the church reminded me of my late mum, dad and uncle; my dad and uncle started a choir which eventually became the Chase Orpheus Choir (which has, sadly, hung up its baton after covid), hymn songs of which we played at mum’s funeral last year.

In conclusion, thank you so much for bringing all those memories – and more – to mind. It was also good to hear music in the church; if a building could be said to embody the soul of the many people meeting and worshipping there over the years, it was surely rejoicing in the beautiful sound you all made. All of these emotions surprised me, being a very logical engineering scientist by profession!