Judith Bingham

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Judith Bingham
Born (1952-06-21) 21 June 1952 (age 71)
Nottingham, England
Occupation(s)Composer, singer

Judith Bingham OBE (born 21 June 1952) is an English composer and mezzo-soprano singer.


Bingham was born on 21 June 1952, in Nottingham.[1] Her parents are Jack Bingham and Peggy Bingham (née McGowan).[2] She was educated at High Storrs Grammar School for Girls in Sheffield,[3] and attended the Royal Academy of Music from 1970 to 1973, where she received the Principal’s Prize for Music in 1972 and was elected as an associate in 1997.[2] Her teachers included Malcolm MacDonald, Eric Fenby, Alan Bush and John Hall (composition) and Jean Austin-Dobson (singing).

After graduation, she continued her composition studies privately with Hans Keller (1974–80). She is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music.[4] She was a member of the BBC Singers from 1983 to 1995.[2]

Bingham was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to music.[5]

In 1985, she married Andrew Petrow but the marriage dissolved in 2011.[2]

List of works[edit]

  • Flynn, opera, subtitled Music-theatre on the life and times of Errol Flynn, in three scenes, three solos, four duets, a mad song and an interlude, 1977–78.[6]
  • Chartres (orchestral), 1988
  • Beyond Redemption (orchestral), 1994–5
  • The Temple at Karnak (orchestral), 1996[7]
  • Passaggio (concerto for bassoon and orchestra), 1998
  • The Shooting Star (concerto for trumpet and orchestra), 1999
  • Salt in the Blood (for choir and brass orchestra), 1995
  • The Darkness Is No Darkness (for choir and organ), 1993
  • The Snows Descend (for brass orchestra), 1997
  • First Light (for choir and brass orchestra), 2001
  • Bright Spirit (for wind ensemble), 2001
  • Mass (2003)
  • The Secret Garden (Botanical fantasy for SATB and organ), 2004
  • Leonardo (concerto for bassoon and thirteen Strings), (2012)
  • Ghostly Grace (for choir and organ), 2015
  • Watch With Me (Anthem for Somme 100 Vigil), 2016


  • S. Fuller and N. LeFanu, eds.: 'Reclaiming the Muse', Contemporary Music Review, xi (1994), 37
  • 'Composer in interview: Judith Bingham': Mark Doran in conversation with Judith Bingham, Tempo, Vol 58, No.230 (2004)


  1. ^ Judith Bingham (1952-) - Four Minute Mile, www.musicweb-international.com, accessed 9 April
  2. ^ a b c d "Bingham, Judith Caroline, (born 21 June 1952), composer". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U7547. ISBN 978-0-19-954088-4. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  3. ^ Debrett's People Of Today 2011
  4. ^ "Fellows and Honorary Members". Royal Northern College of Music.
  5. ^ "No. 62866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 2019. p. N11.
  6. ^ 'Judith Bingham in Interview', Tempo, No.58 (2004), pp. 20–36
  7. ^ BBC – Music – Judith Bingham, Archived 22 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine www.bbc.co.uk

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