Residencies bedford

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

In 2019/20 we celebrate our 25th Anniversary Season at Bedford Corn Exchange with a thrilling programme. Highlights for the season include our new Principal Conductor Designate, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, returning to Bedford to start and close our season with ever-popular favourites including Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Sibelius's Fifth Symphony, our family concert celebrating all things Tokyo 2020, and our Principal Conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen returning to Bedford to conduct a programme of Mozart and Schumann.

At the heart of our residency in Bedford is an education programme that empowers people to engage with, and participate in, orchestral music. The programme includes our intergenerational creative music-making community project Hear and Now, which brings people living with dementia and their carers with young musicians. 

In its most ambitious audience development project to date, the Philharmonia presented The Virtual Orchestra – a festival of digital installations, VR, workshops and community engagement, and fringe performances – in Bedford's Riverside Square in July and August 2018, engaging over 15,000 visitors across six weeks.

The Philharmonia’s 2019/20 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.

Saturday 15 Feb 2020, 2pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Robin O'Neill conductor


Lucy Drever presenter

Angie Newman British Sign Language interpreter


Programme to include:

Shostakovich Festive Overture, Vangelis Chariots of Fire (1981), Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King', Peer Gynt

Musical favourites from film and tv, plus timeless classics for symphony orchestra


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Saturday 15 Feb 2020, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Angus Webster conductor


Timothy Ridout viola


Opener TBC

Walton Viola Concerto [1962 rev. version]

Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica


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Tuesday 17 Mar 2020, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Robin O'Neill conductor


Soloists include:

Timothy Rundle, Mark van de Wiel, Emily Hultmark, Nigel Black


Berlioz Le carnaval romain

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Wind Soloists

Franck Symphony in D minor


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Sunday 3 May 2020, 6.15pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford


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Sunday 3 May 2020, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Gergely Madaras conductor


Andrei Ioniță cello


Mendelssohn Overture in C Major

Dvořák Cello Concerto

Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G (Op. 88)


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Wednesday 20 May 2020, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Nemanja Radulović violin


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Khachaturian Violin Concerto

Sibelius Symphony No. 5


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