Bedford Friends

For nineteen years the Philharmonia Orchestra has been a proud resident at the Corn Exchange in Bedford.

Through enabling valuable work in education, as well as by supporting the Orchestra’s core musical programme, the Bedford Friends of the Philharmonia have been, and will continue to be, absolutely crucial to the on-going success of our residency at the Corn Exchange.

In thanks for the Bedford Friends’ active support, we run regular events to complement the Philharmonia Orchestra concert season. These include chamber concerts with Philharmonia Orchestra members and trips to see the Orchestra perform in other concert spaces around the country. Bedford Friends can also benefit from two weeks’ priority booking, as well as access to Open Rehearsals. Above all, the greatest benefit our members receive is the knowledge that their contributions, however large or small, perpetuate the great tradition of the Philharmonia Orchestra as a musical icon around Britain and throughout the world.

For those interested in supporting the Orchestra at a higher level, we offer additional Friend and Benefactor memberships through which individuals can enjoy a closer relationship with the Orchestra and its players.

If you would like to support the Philharmonia Orchestra's residency at Bedford Corn Exchange, please join the Friends today. 

As a Friend you can enjoy the following benefits:



Bedford Friend (single)

Bedford Friend (couple)

Bedford Bronze Friend

Bedford Silver Friend

Bedford Gold Friend

Bedford Benefactor

Bedford Gold Benefactor









2 Weeks Priority Booking for Philharmonia Concerts at Bedford Corn Exchange

Access to Open Rehearsals

Regular Updates

Invitations to exclusive member events, with opportunities to meet the players

Discount on additional concert tickets

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Priority Booking for Special Events

Complimentary Principal Friends Sponsored Concert Ticket(s)






Programme credit

Philharmonia DVD Yearbook

Philharmonia Orchestra Recording

Invitation to a private drink in the Artists' Bar at Southbank Centre at a concert of your choice

Preferred seating at Royal Galas and private recitals

* Please note that discounts vary depending on venue and level of membership

There are a range of other options for supporting the Orchestra, including joining our Conductors' Circle, becoming a Corporate Supporter, or simply by making a donation.