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The Philharmonia Orchestra presents six concerts a season at the Bedford Corn Exchange, where it has been resident since 1995.

In 2017/18, the Orchestra performs some of the greatest and most enduring works in the classical canon – Shostakovich’s Fifth, the New World Symphony and music from popular operas – alongside a programme of music for strings led by our Concert Master Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay.

As ever, our roster of guest artists features both British and international talent, from the rising star trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, to exciting Birmingham-born maestro Alpesh Chauhan.

The Philharmonia continues to offer opportunities for people of all ages to experience orchestral music in new ways – or indeed for the first time. Hear and Now provides a snapshot of the work that goes on in and around Bedford. ‘Hear and Now presents Nonsense Songs’, the project’s 2013 incarnation, was the winner of the Music for Bedford Borough Hub's inaugural ‘Music Hub Gala Awards’ in the Community Hub Music Award category. This season, the Orchestra’s schools concert series, Orchestra Unwrapped, returns to the Corn Exchange following its successful Bedford debut last year.

The Philharmonia’s 2017/18 season has been made possible thanks to the support of the Philharmonia Orchestra Bedford Trust, and its major partners Arts Council England, Bedford Borough Council and the Harpur Trust.

Tuesday 23 Oct 2018, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Clemens Schuldt conductor


Kit Armstrong piano


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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


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Tuesday 20 Nov 2018, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay conductor


Oliver Wass harp


Alwyn Lyra Angelica

Haydn Symphony No. 64

Schubert Symphony No. 3


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Tuesday 22 Jan 2019, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Alice Sara Ott piano


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Sibelius Finlandia, Ravel Piano Concerto in G, Sibelius Valse triste...


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Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Philippe Herreweghe conductor


Bertrand Chamayou piano


Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, K488

Mozart Symphony No. 41, Jupiter, K551


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Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Xian Zhang conductor


Alina Pogostkina violin


Beethoven Overture, Coriolan

Brahms Violin Concerto

Beethoven Symphony No. 7


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Monday 29 Apr 2019, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor


Esther Yoo violin


Glinka Overture, Ruslan and Ludmila

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Elgar Enigma Variations


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This film featuring Adrián Varela and Tim Steiner introduces 'Creative Orchestra', a Philharmonia education project which has taken place at various schools including those in Bedford, Bristol and Leicester.

Based in the Queen's Park neighbourhood of Bedford, Hear and Now is a community-based music project now in its seventh year.