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.
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: email@example.com 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.
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.
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..
The concert will begin at 7.30pm
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!
The current Head Girl Chorister and a former Boy Chorister from Southwell Minster Choir are both playing prominent roles in Bingham and District Choral Society’s Autumn Concert on November 27th.
Ellie-Jean Winfield, Head Girl Chorister, will be singing the soprano solos in the concert, including the solos in Mendelssohn’s ‘Hear My Prayer’, notably the famous song ‘Oh, For the Wings of a Dove’, and the series of beautiful solos in the Requiem by John Rutter.
George Parris, who was one of the boy choristers up until 2014, and went on to study Music at Manchester University, is featured in the concert as a composer. Last year he won Bingham Choral Society’s Composing Competition with his piece entitles ‘A Psalmic Fantasia’, which is written for Soprano solo (Ellie-Jean again), choir and instrumental ensemble.
The programme is completed by Handel’s Coronation Anthem ‘The King Shall Rejoice’, and the concert takes place at St Mary’s Parish Church, Orston, on Saturday November 27th at 7.30pm. For tickets ( Reserved – £13.00; Unreserved – £10.00; Children – Free) call 0115 878 0642