A CONCERTS FULL OF “GOODIES”
Our first ever concert held at St Andrew's Church, Earls Colne on December 2nd was a great success, with members of the audience enjoying a varied selection of sacred and seasonal favourites plus the chance to join in with the choir singing well know carols. Special guest, local flautist, Jessie Tabor, proved a delight, and our new accompanist Christopher More proved to be not only an excellent piano player, but also a virtuoso on the the church organ, Alexander also showed off his organ playing skills with a triumphant rendition of "Sleigh Ride". Reviewing the concert in the Halstead Gazette, Pat Rudkins wrote
Hedingham Singer's Christmas Concert provided among other goodies, my favourite well-sung descants, flautist Jessie Tabor, on Messiah form, and an exquisite, beautifully delivered, rarely--heard (Benjamin) Britten carol. New musical director Alexander Binns' tremendous playing on Earls Colne Parish Church's organ proved what an asset he will be to the singers
Regrettably because of the storm Caroline's snowfall and freezing conditions we had to cancel the performance of our Concert for Christmas at St Nicholas Church, Castle Hedingham on Sunday 10th December. Hopefully we will be back in December 2018
Alexander Binns is the Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, where
he is the principal organist for Cathedral services, and accompanist to the cathedral
choirs for services, concerts, recordings and tours. He also assists in the training
of the cathedral choirs, runs and directs the St Edmundsbury Singers, runs the Friday
Lunchtime Recital series, and is responsible for the Visiting Choirs.
Prior to moving to Bury St Edmunds Alexander held the position of Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral, where he accompanied the cathedral choir in daily services, concerts, and regularly directed them for services. At Southwark Alexander played for many high profile events including the London Service of Celebration for the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare, the Celebratory Evensong for the 60th Anniversary of the Friends of Cathedral Music, the Game of Thrones Opening Gala as part of Advertising Week UK, and toured with the cathedral choir to Iceland and Poland.
Alexander also held the positions of Accompanist of East London Chorus and Barnet Choral Society and Piano Tutor at St Marylebone School. Alexander also previously held the organ scholarships at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Marylebone Parish Church, where he accompanied and conducted two of London’s finest professional choirs. During his gap year, he held the organ scholarship at St George's Chapel Windsor Castle, where he regularly accompanied and conducted the world famous chapel choir and played for many members of the British Royal Family.
In July 2015 Alexander graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music,
where he studied the organ with Susan Landale and David Titterington, improvisation
with Gerard Brooks, conducting with Paul Brough, choral conducting with Patrick Russill,
harmonium with Anne Page, and continuo with Terence Charlston.
Whilst studying at the Academy he performed in masterclasses under Olivier Latry, Bine Bryndorf, Eric Lebrun, Jon Laukvik, Loïc Mallié, Lionel Rogg and Naomi Matsui, and attended study trips to Paris, Hamburg and Bordeaux.
Alexander has received numerous prizes at the Academy including the Eric Thiman Prize, the Gwen and Eric Windo Organ Award, the Stephen Bicknell Award and the Paton Award, and has performed in many high profile projects including; a performance of Britten's War Requiem with the Academy Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain under the direction of Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall on Remembrance Sunday 2014, two commercial recordings on the harmonium with the Academy Soloists Ensemble under the direction of Trevor Pinnock, the first performance of 'Compline' from 'The Hours' by Diana Burrell, a solo performance in the Academy's celebrated Bach Cantata Series, and a performance in the inaugural recital of the Academy’s new Kuhn organ in the Duke's Hall.
OUR SINGERS GET IN THE FESTIVE SPIRIT
The Hedingham Singers recently took time off from practicing for their “A Concert for Christmas” performances to go and sing carols at the Halstead Christmas Fayre on Saturday 25th November.
Led by our Musical Director, Alexander Binns, we entertained shoppers in Weavers Court with an hour- long programme of carols and popular seasonal songs.
Despite the chilly weather, we gathered a crowd of spectators and hopefully warmed them up with our singing and putting them in the Christmas spirit!
Our Musical Director, Alexander Binns
2018 CONCERT DATES ANNOUNCED
2018 is going to be a busy year for The Hedingham Singers with five concert dates announced. First off is our concert at St Andrew’s Church, Halstead on 23rd June, when we will feature a selection of well known songs and popular choral pieces focusing on Earth, Sea and Sky. That will be followed by a lunchtime concert at Bury St Edmunds’ Cathedral on Saturday 7th July.
November 11th this year commemorates 100 years of the signing of the Armistice which bought the First World War to an end after four years of bitter fighting and millions of deaths on both sides. We will be remembering and paying tribute to the fallen with a special concert of music and readings to be held at St Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on Saturday 10th November.
Finally, by popular request our Concert For Christmas will once again be held at St Andrew’s Church, Earls Colne on Saturday 1st December, and (snow permitting) at St Nicholas’ Church, Castle Hedingham on Sunday 9th December, complete with the mince pies and mulled wine!
Further details and ticket availability for the above concerts will be announced soon, so make sure you keep regularly up to date by logging onto our web site.