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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 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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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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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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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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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.