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Bingham and District Choral Society prepares for golden jubilee season

A choir is looking forward to the future by making plans for its golden jubilee season in 2021-22.

Bingham and District Choral Society’s first public concert was in March 1972, when it performed Handel’s Messiah, and the work will feature in its 50th anniversary season.

The society’s publicity officer, Judy Unell, said: “Our 2021-22 season will mark the choir’s golden jubilee and, despite the current disruption caused by the pandemic, we are counting upon being up and running for a wonderful sequence of three celebratory concerts to mark this very significant moment in our history.

Bingham Choral Society perform at Newark Parish Church. (40794576)
Bingham Choral Society perform at Newark Parish Church. (40794576)

“Each one will involve collaboration with another local choir with whom we have worked in the past.”

The first will be a Proms-style concert with Mansfield Choral Society in November 2021 at Southwell Minster.

Society members took part in a vote to choose items for the evening’s programme, which will range over the centuries and include composers from Handel to Bernstein. Favourites such as Parry’s Jerusalem and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No 1 will provide opportunities for audience participation.

Guy Turner, of Southwell, has been commissioned to write a folk song sequence for the second half, with songs from all parts of the UK.

Judy Unell said, as the choir’s first performance featured Messiah, it was fitting that the second concert of the jubilee season would include it again, in a concert at Newark Parish Church in April 2022, with Newark Choral Society.

The third concert will be a lunchtime concert at Newark Parish Church in June 2022, where the society will be joined by Scunthorpe Choral Society. Both choirs have been led by Neville Ward.

Other plans include a souvenir programme for the three concerts.

Judy Unell said: “We are also hoping to work with a partner charity so that this memorable moment in society history will enable us to raise funds for a good cause in our community.”

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