Residencies bedford

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

In 2016/17, the Orchestra performs some of the greatest and most enduring works in the classical canon – Beethoven’s Fifth, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker – alongside a new 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 former BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, cellist Natalie Clein, to exciting Finnish maestro Santtu-Matias Rouvali (“Definitely a conductor of whom to hear more” - The Guardian).

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, comes to the Corn Exchange for the first time.

The Philharmonia’s 2016/17 season has been made possible thanks to the support of the newly formed Philharmonia Orchestra Bedford Trust, and its major partners Arts Council England, Bedford Borough Council and the Harpur Trust.

Bedford: From the New World

Friday 20 Oct 2017, 7:30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Alpesh Chauhan conductor


Elena Urioste violin


Programme to include:

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man, Korngold Violin Concerto...


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17/18
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Bedford: Shostakovich & Rachmaninov

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017, 7:30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Long Yu conductor


George Li piano


Programme to include:

Glinka Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2...


Part of
17/18
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Bedford: Carnival in Prague

Tuesday 30 Jan 2018, 7:30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Paavo Järvi conductor


Lucienne Renaudin Vary trumpet


Programme to include:

Dvořák Carnival Overture, Hummel Trumpet Concerto...


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17/18
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Bedford: The Young Mozart

Tuesday 20 Mar 2018, 7:30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay conductor


Haydn Symphony No. 47 in G Major, The Palindrome

Mozart Serenade for orchestra in D major, K. 250, 'Haffner"


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Bedford: Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4

Saturday 7 Apr 2018, 7:30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Michael Collins conductor


Timothy Walden cello


Programme to include:

Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Saint Anthony Variations), Birchall Labyrinth for cello and orchestra...


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17/18
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Bedford: Passion & Poetry

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 7:30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Christoph Altstaedt conductor


Singers from the Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artists scheme singers


Programme to include:

Wagner Siegfried Idyll, Massenet Cendrillon (arias and excerpts)...


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17/18
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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.