The sun shone and the singers came from near and far. One person had got up at dawn and driven up from London that morning. Such is the charisma of Bob Chilcott, one of the leading choral composers and conductors of our time. Bingham and District Choral Society was honoured that he had agreed to lead our first Singing Day since the pandemic. The Minster School at Southwell was an excellent, spacious venue. Ably supported by our superb accompanist Michael Overbury, Bob led us through a selection of his own pieces, some hauntingly lyrical, others challenging us with exciting, complex rhythms. In-between sessions, a magnificent selection of home-baked cakes was eagerly consumed by the singers. In short, we had all the ingredients for a hugely successful day. Our thanks go to Bob, Michael and the volunteers from BDCS who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to enable everything to run so smoothly.
COME & SING
Good Friday, 29th March, 2024, at Bottesford Parish Church
The Cranmer Company of Singers and Director of Music, Deborah Davies, are hosting another charity Come & Sing. This popular event, where time and talents are freely given, has raised up to £2,409 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 2024.
John Rutter’s Requiem has become a firm favourite with choirs and audiences the world over. Though it necessarily has its dark moments, it is unmistakably optimistic in its message of hope and comfort, expressed through the beauty of the chosen texts and Rutter’s uplifting music.
Soprano: Rachel Cropley
Organist: Philip Robinson
Conductor: Deborah Davies
All welcome – £6/10/15 to sing, tiered as we ask you to select the amount you wish to give. Donations on the door from the audience. Money raised will go to the East Africa Hunger Crisis Appeal via Tearfund.
Rehearsal 4.30pm (arrive earlier to register), charity performance at 7.30pm.
Singers please book your place by contacting Heather: email@example.com or 0115 947 4759.
Music provided if required.
Singers – if you wish, bring a picnic supper to have between rehearsal and performance. Sober dress.
Come … and … Sing, or Come and Listen, you will be
Saturday 2nd March 2024
Concert with the Cathedral Choir director Alexander Binns
harpsichord continuo with Sinfonia Viva directed by Sophie Rosa (solo violin)
Purcell Suite from Abdelazar
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in A minor RV 356
Duarte Sinfonia 2
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Saturday 9th March 2024
St Peter’s Church, Ruddington
1pm Registration, music scores provided
1.30pm choral rehearsal, including breaks and refreshments until 4.30pm
5.30pm evening performance
Come and Sing Stainer The Crucifixion
with Ruddington and District Choral Society and invited soloists conducted by Paul Hayward
Michael Overbury organ
Further details from the Ruddington and District Choral Society website
Saturday 16th March 2024
St John’s Church, Carrington, Mansfield Rd, Nottingham
organ accompaniment with Sinfonia Choraleconductor Richard Roddis
Gjeilo Ubi Caritas
Mäntyjärvi Come away, death and Double double
Clara Schumann Gondoliera
Brahms Letztes Gluck
Hildegard von Bingen O Virtus Sapientiae
Palestrina O Magnum Mysterium
Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Kodály Missa Brevis
Thursday 18th April 2024
St Swithun’s Parish Church, East Retford
Solo Organ Concert
Théodore Salomé (1834-96) Grand Choeur in G
He was the Choir Organist at the church of St Trinité, Paris for most of his life, playing for the funeral of Bizet, with a congregation of 4000 in attendance.
Louis Vierne (1870-1937) Ave Maria
The blind French composer held a number of prominent posts including that of organist at Notre-Dame, Paris from 1900 until his death. He was a great improviser.
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543
Bach’s great A minor Prelude has a rhapsodic freedom; the opening rhetorical gestures return again at the end of the Fugue. Composition dates are 1708-13.
Gabriel Fauré Pavane op.50 (1887)
Fauré was an organist at St Sulpice and La Madeleine in Paris and Director of the Conservatoire. He is widely regarded as the greatest master of French Song. The Pavane is a beautiful and typical example of his quiet melodic genius.
Alejandro D. Consolación II Chorale
Currently organist at churches in Manila and in Makati city in the Philippines, and a choral director, the composer studied in Germany and America. His compositions have been described as pure, spiritual and uplifting.
Felix Mendelssohn Sonata 2 in C minor
Mendelssohn played the organ and composed for it from the age of 11 until his death. He was a passionate improviser and always took the opportunity to play instruments wherever he happened to be. His Six Sonatas are not sonatas in the classical sense, rather suites. Number two is in four movements.
Franz Schubert Adagio (abridged) from the String Quintet
The String Quintet was Schubert’s final chamber work, completed just two months before his death. Often described as sublime, it is regarded as one of the greatest examples of chamber music.
Louis-Claude d’Aquin (1694-1772) Le Coucou
The French Baroque composer was a virtuoso organist.
Le Coucou is a fine example of his writing in the new tuneful, easy-listening, picturesque Galant style.
Théodore Dubois Sortie (Grand Choeur) [in E]
Théodore Dubois was a Parisian organist and choirmaster and Professor at the Conservatoire. This Sortie is in neo-classical syle and, interestingly is marked Moderato.
Saturday 18th May 2024
St Peter’s Parish Church, Ruddington
Ruddington and District Choral Society with keyboard continuo, orchestra, vocal soloists
conducted by Paul Hayward
Haydn The Creation (reduced orchestration)
Saturday 8th June 2024
Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark
12 noon until 12.45pm
Bingham and District Choral Society conducted by Dr Stephen Bullamore
accompanied by Michael Overbury (piano)
Bob Chilcott Five Days that changed the World
John Rutter A Sprig of Thyme
Tuesday 9th July 2024
12.30pm until 1.30pm
Michael Overbury (Newark)
Lunchtime Solo Concert on the famous Hill Organ
4′ Mathias (1934-92) Processional
The Welshman was a child prodigy. He was Professor of Music at Bangor. The cheerful, tuneful Processional was written in 1964.
8′ Langlais (1907-91) Messe Alme Pater (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei)
The blind Jean Langlais was organist at the Basilica of St Clotilde in Paris. He was a great improviser and a prolific composer. Much of his creativity was inspired by and based on plainsong. In this Mass setting the traditional chant melodies are clothed in the composer’s typical bitter-sweet harmonies.
2′ Anon (c.1525) My Lady Carey’s Dompe
One of the earliest surviving keyboard pieces, My Lady Carey’s Dompe is probably a traditional English melody; its wistful qualities contrast with a rhythmically robust accompaniment.
3′ William Croft (1678-1727) Ground in c minor
Croft was a Boy Chorister at the Chapel Royal, and later Organist. The term Ground refers to a more or less unchanging bass line, together with its harmonies, repeated throughout the piece, over which is constructed a flow of independent melodic material. In Croft’s Ground in c minor, however, the melodic variations alternate with repeats of the opening harmonised Ground material rather like verses and a refrain.
3′ Maurice Greene (1696-1755) [Cornet] Voluntary in G (andante, allegro)
Greene succeeded to every major musical post in England including organist of St Paul`s Cathedral, and Professor of Music at Cambridge. He is chiefly remembered for his church music. His style is Italianate. He composed 24 Voluntaries.
4′ Messiaen (1908-1992) Offrande au Saint Sacrement
Offrande au Saint Sacrement was discovered by Yvonne Messiaen in 1997. It probably dates from about 1930. Two musical ideas alternate. The music seems to depict the worshipping soul in ecstatic communion with God.
29′ Charles Villers Stanford (1852-1924) Sonata Britannica
1. Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco St Mary
2. Larghetto Benedictus
3. Allegro molto e ritmico Hanover
Irish by birth, Stanford had great influence in Britain as a teacher and he breathed fresh air into the composition of Anglican Church Music. His five Organ Sonatas were composed 1917-1918. These are, arguably, the most significant body of organ music in England since Mendelssohn. Sonata Britannica has three movements. The first is based on the hymn tune St Mary. The second is a haunting Benedictus with a middle section of patriotic glory, The third is based on the hymn tune Hanover. It ends exultantly.
Saturday 9th November 2024
St Martin’s Church, Trevose Gardens, Sherwood NG5 3FU
with Sinfonia Chorale directed by Richard Roddis
organ accompaniments and solos
John Bull (1562/3 -1628) Salve Regina organ versets
Bull grew up in the West country, became a musician at the Chapel Royal in London, was probably sent to Europe by Queen Elizabeth as a spy, fled England under accusation of adultery, although he claimed religious persecution, and spent the final years of his life as Organist at Antwerp Cathedral. He was famous for his outstandingly brilliant keyboard playing.
Saturday 16th November 2024
St Peter’s Parish Church, Ruddington
Ruddington and District Choral Society with piano, chamber orchestra, vocal soloists
conducted by Paul Hayward
Brahms A German Requiem (the arrangement for reduced instrumental forces by Ian Farrington)
The Bingham & District Choral Society’s Christmas Concert is a hugely popular community event and a highlight of our winter programme. This year’s concert took place last Saturday at Bingham Methodist Church where we were joined once more by the wonderful Carnarvon Children’s choir. After the performance, there was a retiring collection for Framework, a Nottingham-based charity whose mission is to support and house homeless people. The collection raised the splendid sum of £400. Also included were two hearing-aid batteries and a small Euro coin!
With sincere thanks to the students from Nottingham Trent University who created the video: Georgia Alvey (Producer, Editor and Vision Mixer), Hannah Barnaby, Haris Dar, Ollie Ellis (Camera Operators), Adam Oldfield (Production Assistant), Jack Perkins, Tyla Sutton, Joseph Hay, Joshua Thacker, Cameron Patrick, Ethan Stuart (Audio).
Many thanks also to Brad Poulson for his patience and technical wizardry in uploading the video to YouTube