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date: 24 February 2020

Bingham, Judith (Caroline )locked

  • Giles Easterbrook

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(Caroline )

(b Nottingham, June 21, 1952). English composer and mezzo-soprano. She attended the RAM from 1970 to 1973, where she studied composition with Alan Bush and Fenby, and singing with Eric Vietheer. She continued her composition studies with Hans Keller (1975–8) and in 1971 won the Principal's Prize for Composition. She was elected an ARAM in 1997.

From the mid-1970s Bingham followed careers both as a singer and as a composer, winning the BBC Young Composer Award in 1977. She sang with the BBC Singers on a full-time basis (1983–96), before resigning in order to concentrate on composition. Several early scores have been lost; those that survive show a quixotic imagination, a fondness for pungent harmonies, prickly rhythms and pithy statement, and an ear for unusual instrumental combinations. Later, after exposure to large-scale polyphonic scores during her time with the BBC Singers, she moved away from overt experiment to a more homogenous, direct style, developing an individual approach to structure based on organically related, through-composed mosaics extended over long time-scales. This is seen in two pivotal works, ...

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