Judith Bingham
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1952-06-21
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Judith Bingham

Judith Bingham Biography (BBC)

Judith Bingham has, until recently, combined the careers of professional singer and serious composer – an almost automatic coupling in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, but a rarer one in more recent times. Born in Nottingham, and raised mostly in Sheffield, she studied both disciplines at the Royal Academy of Music of London; her composition studies there with Alan Bush and Eric Fenby were later supplemented by lessons from Hans Keller. She was awarded the Principal’s Prize for Composition at the Academy in 1971, and six years later the BBC Young Composer Award.

Meanwhile, after singing as an amateur with the then BBC Choral Society (now the BBC Symphony Chorus), she had begun working as a freelance member of the BBC Singers and several other choirs and vocal ensembles. In 1983, she joined the BBC Singers as a full-time member of the alto section; with them, she toured extensively, and sang many solo parts. She left the Singers at the end of 1995 to concentrate on her activities as a composer, though she continued to sing professionally for some years.

Judith Bingham’s compositional voice is a distinctive one: her singer’s feeling for expressive melodic lines is complemented by a strong rhythmic and harmonic sense. Her music is never purely abstract in conception, but always shaped and coloured by extra-musical sources of inspiration – both from the natural world and from the world of the arts and ideas. Not surprisingly, she first made her reputation with a series of choral works, many of them based on texts compiled from disparate sources as an integral part of the compositional process. Several of these were for the BBC Singers, but there were also pieces for various other professional, amateur and collegiate choirs, including Salt in the Blood, written for the BBC Symphony Chorus to perform at the 1995 Proms.

As Bingham’s composing career has developed, the scope of her activities has gradually widened, to include pieces for brass band, symphonic wind ensemble and various chamber groups and solo instruments, concertos for trumpet and bassoon, and a series of three impressive works for large orchestra: Chartres (1988), Beyond Redemption (1995), a BBC commission for the BBC Philharmonic, and The Temple at Karnak (1996). However, her choral output has continued unabated, ranging from three-minute anthems to the 35-minute Otherworld, for chorus and orchestra, first performed at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in 2000 and repeated the following year by the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota.

The Christmas Truce, inspired by a celebrated incident in the First World War, was first performed by the BBC Singers and the Britten Sinfonia in Norwich in 2003; and The Ivory Tree, a music-drama for soloists, chorus and ensemble, had its first complete performance in Bury St Edmunds Cathedral in 2005. A smaller but significant commission, was announced for the new carol in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge in 2004.

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Judith Bingham Biography (Wikipedia)

Judith Bingham is an English composer and mezzo-soprano singer.

Born in Nottingham on 21 June 1952 and educated at High Storrs Grammar School for Girls in Sheffield, she attended the Royal Academy of Music (1970–73), where her teachers were Malcolm MacDonald, Eric Fenby, Alan Bush and John Hall (composition), and Jean Austin-Dobson (singing). After leaving, she continued her composition studies privately with Hans Keller (1974–80). She is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music.

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Judith Bingham
A walk with Ivor Gurney
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A walk with Ivor Gurney
Judith Bingham
The darkness is no darkness
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The darkness is no darkness
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The darkness is no darkness
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The darkness is no darkness
Judith Bingham
The Spirit Of Truth
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The Spirit Of Truth

The Spirit Of Truth

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Choirs of St Catherine's College, Cambridge
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Judith Bingham
The Spirit of Truth after Tallis' If you love me
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The Spirit of Truth after Tallis' If you love me

The Spirit of Truth after Tallis' If you love me

Choir
Choirs of St Catherine's College, Cambridge
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Judith Bingham
Annunciation IV: Meine Seel' erhebt den Herren
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Annunciation IV: Meine Seel' erhebt den Herren
Judith Bingham
The Three Angels: III. Gabriel
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The Three Angels: III. Gabriel
Judith Bingham
Annunciation IV: Meine Seel' Erhebt den Herren
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Annunciation IV: Meine Seel' Erhebt den Herren
Judith Bingham
The darkness is no darkness-Thou wilt keep him
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The darkness is no darkness-Thou wilt keep him
Judith Bingham
The Drowned Lovers
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The Drowned Lovers

The Drowned Lovers

Singer
Tove Nilsson
Conductor
Soren Kinch Hansen
Judith Bingham
The Drowned Lovers
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The Drowned Lovers
Judith Bingham
St Bride, Assisted by Angels
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St Bride, Assisted by Angels
Judith Bingham
Vol de nuit, from The Secret Garden
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Vol de nuit, from The Secret Garden
Judith Bingham
The Drowned Lovers
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The Drowned Lovers
Judith Bingham
Prague (Rabbi Low creates the Golem)
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Prague (Rabbi Low creates the Golem)
Judith Bingham
Epiphany
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Epiphany

Epiphany

Conductor
John Scott
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Judith Bingham
Corpus Christi Carol
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Corpus Christi Carol
Judith Bingham
The Drowned Lovers
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The Drowned Lovers

The Drowned Lovers

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Conductor
James Burton
Judith Bingham
Distant Thunder (BBC Proms Dubai)
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Distant Thunder (BBC Proms Dubai)
Judith Bingham
God would be born in thee
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God would be born in thee
Judith Bingham
Corpus Christi Carol
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Corpus Christi Carol
Judith Bingham
The Spirit of Truth (Be in the Audience)
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The Spirit of Truth (Be in the Audience)
Judith Bingham
The Secret Garden (BBC Symphony Chorus at Spitalfields Summer Festival)
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The Secret Garden (BBC Symphony Chorus at Spitalfields Summer Festival)
Judith Bingham
The Darkness is no darkness (BBC Symphony Chorus at Spitalfields Summer Festival)
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The Darkness is no darkness (BBC Symphony Chorus at Spitalfields Summer Festival)
Judith Bingham
Annunciation
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Annunciation
Judith Bingham
The Spirit of Truth
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The Spirit of Truth
Judith Bingham
Cloath'd in Holy Robes; Consider Saint Cecilia
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Cloath'd in Holy Robes; Consider Saint Cecilia
Judith Bingham
Cloath'd in Holy Robes
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Cloath'd in Holy Robes
Judith Bingham
Missa Brevis: Videntes Stellam (BBC SO 2015-16 Season)
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Missa Brevis: Videntes Stellam (BBC SO 2015-16 Season)
Judith Bingham
The Orchid and its Hunters
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The Orchid and its Hunters
Judith Bingham
The Darkness is no darkness for chorus
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The Darkness is no darkness for chorus
Judith Bingham
The Angel of Mons - Oboe concerto
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The Angel of Mons - Oboe concerto
Mark Bingham
An Ancient Music
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An Ancient Music

An Ancient Music

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BBC Singers
Conductor
Judith Bingham
A Bird is Singing
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A Bird is Singing

A Bird is Singing

Performer
Trinity Laban Chamber Choir
Stephen Jackson
Judith Bingham
Ghostly Grace
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Ghostly Grace

Ghostly Grace

Performer
Simon Headley
Choir
Leicester Cathedral Choir
Conductor
Chris Ouvry-Johns
Alexander Sprague, Judith Bingham & Iain Burnside
The Zodiack
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The Zodiack
Judith Bingham
Gleams of a Remoter World
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Gleams of a Remoter World

Gleams of a Remoter World

Choir
BBC Singers
Conductor
David Hill
Judith Bingham
The Drowned lovers
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The Drowned lovers

The Drowned lovers

Conductor
Choir
BBC Singers
Singer
Cherith Milburn-Fryer
Judith Bingham
Corpus Christi Carol - Lulley, Lulla, Lulley, Lulla
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Corpus Christi Carol - Lulley, Lulla, Lulley, Lulla
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1988: Prom 44
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Royal Albert Hall
1988-08-28T19:30:58
28
Aug
1988

Proms 1988: Prom 44

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1984: Prom 58
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Royal Albert Hall
1984-09-14T19:30:58
14
Sep
1984

Proms 1984: Prom 58

Royal Albert Hall

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