• The Life and Times of John Bunyan

    Sunday 24 September 2017 10:51am

    Walks start outside the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Pauls Square

    11am

    Follow in the footsteps of the ‘Immortal Tinker’ and author of ‘’The Pilgrims Progress’’ to various town sites connected with his life and his works. 

    www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/guided_walks.aspx

  • 20th-24th Sep: Speciality Market

    Sunday 24 September 2017 1:09pm

    Visiting market bringing speciality foods and crafts to Midland Road.

    A taster of some of the stalls that will be available:

    • Cookies
    • Noodles
    • Children's wood plaques
    • Peruvian Crafts
    • Specialty sausages and burgers
    • Olives, nuts, baklava
    • Jamaican street fashion
    • Thai crafts
    • Gothic skull ornaments
    • Sweets, fudge, chocolate fondue
    • Greek Food  
  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 24 September 2017 7:18pm

    Brewhouse & Kitchen, 115 High Street, Bedford MK40 1NU

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Live Music Sunday

    Sunday 24 September 2017 7:56pm

    The Standard, 26-28 High Street, Bedford MK40 1SP

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk/

  • Art by Zeta at the Art Centre & Gallery

    Monday 25 September 2017 5:58pm

    Art Centre & Gallery, 7 Howard Street, Bedford MK40 3HS

    artbyzeta.co.uk

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Artur Haftman

    Tuesday 26 September 2017 1:20pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    Artur Haftman, Piano (Royal College of Music) 

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.uk

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk 

  • Open Mic at The Standard

    Wednesday 27 September 2017 8:17pm

    The Standard, 26-28 High Street, Bedford MK40 1SP

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk/

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 28 September 2017 7:08pm

    Brewhouse & Kitchen, 115 High Street, Bedford MK40 1NU

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Worbey & Farrell

    Thursday 28 September 2017 7:23pm

    The Quarry Theatre at St Lukes, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    7.30pm

    Worbey & Farrell are internationally acclaimed concert pianists with a wicked sense of humour.

    The Edinburgh-based duo have performed in over 120 countries and achieved millions of hits on YouTube with their utterly sensational piano playing and barnstorming blend of sparky humour. The accredited Steinway ensemble bring to Bedford their astonishing arrangements of the world’s greatest music.

    Expect exhilarating rhapsodies, dazzling toccatas, beguiling boogie-woogies and sensational piano-playing. The ingenuity of these amazing musicians makes you laugh one moment and takes your breath away the next.

    The program will include favourites such as Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and many more.

    Prepare to be moved, delighted and utterly gobsmacked.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Bandeoke at The Standard

    Thursday 28 September 2017 7:24pm

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk

  • Jason Manford - Work in Progress

    Friday 29 September 2017 7:25pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

     ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Live Music Friday

    Friday 29 September 2017 7:31pm

    The Standard, 26-28 High Street, Bedford MK40 1SP

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk/

  • P.B.'s Antiques and Collectors Fair

    Saturday 30 September 2017 3:51pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    Held in the historic church in the centre of Bedford.

    Selling beautiful items in beautiful surroundings – a very friendly fair!

    Cafe area to sit and have a light snack, disabled entrance, toilet facilities.

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/PBs-Antiques-Collectors-Fair-854745884542518/about/?ref=page_internal

     

  • 30th Sep - 25th Feb: ‘A Walk in the Woods’

    Saturday 30 September 2017 4:23pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane

    A brand new exhibition is coming to The Higgins Bedford this September celebrating the role of trees and woodland in British landscape painting.

    This is your chance to see watercolours, drawings and prints from the last two hundred years, drawn from the world-famous Cecil Higgins Collection, completely free of charge.

    The exhibition at The Higgins Bedford, in partnership with Bedford Borough Council, The Forest of Marston Vale and Oxford Brookes University, coincides with the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and will highlight the importance and enduring popularity of trees in art.

    Cllr Sarah Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said “The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to see some superb artworks right in the heart of the town, at our local museum and art gallery. I would encourage you to come along, enjoy the exhibition, and take advantage of the tours and events on offer.”

    As part of the exhibition, The Higgins Bedford has worked with The Forest of Marston Vale, Oxford Brookes University, Bedfordshire Libraries and Access Bedford to organise a series of exciting events. These include lunchtime talks, a study day, tours, The Higgins Tree Trails, and tree identification walks. Please visit www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk for more information.

    ‘A Walk in the Woods: A Celebration of Trees in British Art’ will be at The Higgins Bedford, in the Wixamtree Gallery, from 30th September 2017 to 25thFebruary 2018. 

     

  • Bedford Chilli Fiesta

    Saturday 30 September 2017 4:42pm

  • Fish & Chip Supper Cruise

    Saturday 30 September 2017 6:01pm

    Sovereign's Quay, River Great Ouse

    6.30pm

    Relax on the River as the sun goes down and enjoy your Fish & Chip supper on board (Chicken & Chips or Vegetable Pancake & Chips also available) Licensed bar available on board.

    Adult £15.50/ Concession £13.50 / Child £11.50 / Family £45 – your meal is included in your ticket price, you will be asked to confirm your choice after you have selected your ticket.

    For details of all cruises visit: www.johnbunyanboat.org

  • The Selecter / The Beat Feat. Ranking Roger

    Saturday 30 September 2017 7:42pm

    The Pad Presents 

    The Selecter / The Beat Feat. Ranking Roger

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    Doors open at 7.30pm

     2 Tone legends The Selecter and The Beat are teaming up to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together for a number of dates around the UK, Ireland, Holland and Belgium in 2017. Originally a six-date tour, due to demand they added 8 more dates and now another 22 dates have been added in September, October and November!

    Life-long friends, they are two of the main bands to come out of 2 Tone – a crucial musical and cultural movement which is still as relevant today as it was over 30 years ago. Renowned for their energetic live shows, longevity has not diminished either band’s ability to put in a performance and get everyone in a room, or field, dancing. Don’t miss arguably two of the best live bands around playing full sets of their many hits, and more each night.

    The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, alongside an incredible talented band of musicians, and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there, except the pair (Pauline & Gaps) are more driven than ever. Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of hits like Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and On My Radio. Their latest album, Subculture, was mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty and released to critical acclaim in June 2015.

    The Beat fronted by Ranking Roger released their spectacular fourth album Bounce (the first in over 30 years) in September 2016. The album shows off every gleaming aspect of one of the most musically diverse bands to come out of the multiracial, multicultural explosion that remade British pop from 1979 onwards. Joining Roger in the revitalised band is his son Ranking Junior AKA Matthew Murphy a powerhouse MC who brings to the band an update on the toasting that made Ranking Roger such a pivotal part of the original Beat. The same energy that drove the hit singles of the 80s; Mirror In The Bathroom, Stand Down Margaret and Too Nice To Talk To – is here again on the new album.

    No strangers to Bedford Corn Exchange, this will be The Selecter’s 3rd visit to the venue packing it out in their own right in Feb 16.  The Beat feat Ranking Roger are no strangers to Bedford either headlining the River Festival in the past as well as a sell-out headline show at the Corn Exchange in 2011 with Neville Staple, as well as packing out regular club shows at Bedford Esquires.  The two bands touring together takes these shows to another level which has seen all the shows selling out up and down the UK.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • The Mighty Hub Whipley

    Saturday 30 September 2017 7:42pm

    The Kings Arms, 24 St Mary's Street, Bedford MK42 OAS

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Party Night at The Standard

    Saturday 30 September 2017 8:51pm

    The Standard, 26-28 High Street, Bedford MK40 1SP

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk/

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 1 October 2017 4:19pm

    Brewhouse & Kitchen, 115 High Street, Bedford MK40 1NU

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Live Music Sunday

    Sunday 1 October 2017 8:03pm

    The Standard, 26-28 High Street, Bedford MK40 1SP

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk/

  • St Peters Film Club: My Life as a Courgette

    Monday 2 October 2017 6:16pm

    St Peter's Church, St Peters Street, Bedford

    My Life as a Courgette (starting at 6pm for the benefit of younger viewers.) 

    St. Peter’s Film Club meets in the Chapter House monthly from September to July. Showings are normally on a Monday evening and start at 7.00 p.m unless stated otherwise. After the film wine, juices and nibbles are served with an opportunity to discuss the film. Contributions towards the cost of the refreshments are always welcome, but there is no charge for admission. 

    www.facebook.com/StPeterDeMerton

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Alim Beisembayev

    Tuesday 3 October 2017 12:29pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    Alim Beisembayev, Piano (Royal Academy of Music)

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.uk

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk 

  • Exclusive Le Vian Jewellery Event

    Tuesday 3 October 2017 4:26pm

    Ernest Jones, Silver Street, Bedford

    9am – 6pm

    All day Le Vian event featuring over 500+ exclusive pieces of jewellery instore for 1 day only!

    Just pop in on the day or call 01234 210824 to make an appointment.

    www.ernestjones.co.uk

  • Lucy Hopkins & Bob Slayer Double Header

    Tuesday 3 October 2017 7:49pm

    Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    7.30pm

    Lucy Hopkins: Powerful Women Are About 

    A vibrational revolution of being, channelled by a goddess.

    Part electro-ritual, part Theremin-experiment, part light-fantastic. Ultra-conscious comedy by award-winning, internationally-touring, terribly present clown. Come as you are. Leave transformed. Lucy is also known as Aunty Val in Spencer Jones’s Christmas short (Sky TV) and Charlie Chuck’s assistant Mary. Her solo show Le Foulard (The Veil) toured the UK (Soho Theatre), Europe and Australia (Blue Room Theatre, MICF, Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Powerhouse), winning Best Theatre Performer Adelaide Fringe 2013Prague Fringe Creative Award 2012 and Bedfringe Pick of the Fest 2012.

    Followed by after show: Bob Slayer: Whatever Next? 

    Last Fringe, I read the Chilcot Report, inspiring a political re-awakening at a time when I’d much rather be asleep… What started as a gag ended up an award-winning political happening.

    What next? A big revelatory ending where we all see the light? That will be as beautiful a surprise to me as anyone. But I’ll not stop trying. Tenth consecutive Edinburgh Fringe.

    Winner: Edinburgh Comedy Award (Spirit of the Fringe), Malcolm Hardee Award, Zeitgeist Award, Barry Award.

    “Hilarious Fri

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Ballroom Dance Club

    Wednesday 4 October 2017 11:49am

    Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford

    Every Wednesday, 11am-12noon.

    Free admission and refreshments to buy. Everyone is welcome and you don't have to be able to dance!

    Hosted by Annie Seaborn, Ballroom Dance Organiser for Bedford Corn Exchange. Informal opportunity to find out more about dance events at Bedford Corn Exchange and the local area. Find out where to dance and where to learn. 

    General chat about dancing and opportunity for dancers to socialise.

    We have been meeting since April 2015 and found this to be a lovely way to keep in touch. 

    For more information please contact Annie

    annie.seaborn@icloud.com

    01234 364690

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • 4th-7th Oct: Bedford's 40th Beer & Cider Festival

    Wednesday 4 October 2017 4:31pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    Around 160 real ales, international beers, mead, cider and perry, plus food, games and entertainment.

    https://northbeds.camra.org.uk/bedfordfestival.htm

  • Charles Dickens the Campaigner

    Wednesday 4 October 2017 7:43pm

    Bedford School Library, de Parys Ave, Burnaby Rd gate, MK40 2TU

    7.30 pm

    Illustrated talk by Prof John Drew, Dept of English, Buckingham University.

    Setting the scene for Restless Shadow, exhibition at Charles Dickens Museum, London (ends 29 October)

    First in new series of annual talks to the HA (Historical Association-Bedford).

    Free to HA members. Others welcome with a donation.

    Details 07989 837819/01234 266839  

  • Open Mic at The Standard

    Wednesday 4 October 2017 8:18pm

    The Standard, 26-28 High Street, Bedford MK40 1SP

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk/

  • Small Group Touring

    Thursday 5 October 2017 12:48pm

    SMALL GROUP TOURING by Back-Roads Touring

    Join us to find out more about the unique escorted tours offered by Back-Roads Touring

    Presentation at 10.30am or drop in for a chat between 12.00 & 14.30

    This is the perfect opportunity to find out more if you have always been interested in Escorted Touring but would prefer to travel in a smaller group size.

    If you have always been curious about joining an escorted tour and if you like to enjoy local authentic experiences, boutique accommodation, and a leisurely-paced itinerary.

    Come along to our relaxed and informative presentation.

    Places for the presentation are limited – please reserve your place today.

    This event will take place at our shop 24 Mill Street, Bedford

    Call us now on 01234 326778 for more details or email sales@cruiseselect.co.uk

     

  • National Theatre Live: Hamlet (Encore)

    Thursday 5 October 2017 7:58pm

    Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    7.00pm

    Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s SherlockThe Imitation Game, Frankensteinat the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

    Directed by Lyndsey Turner (PoshChimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.

    As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Moulin Rouge

    Thursday 5 October 2017 8:14pm

    Empire Night Club, 29 Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

    Thursday 5th October 7pm – 12am

    Bedford Extravaganza in partnership with Bedford Film festival presents Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge. An evening of film, drag and burlesque at Empire Night Club, Bedford.

    The evening will feature:

    • A screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge
    • Miss Blair, a beautiful vintage inspired drag queen. A member of Manchester’s internationally famous ‘Family Gorgeous’, she is paying us a special visit for our night in Paris!
    • Bootsy Bonafonté: Winner of the Burlesque Idol UK 2017 May heat and a regular with the House of Burlesque Belles, Bootsy Bonafonte is a Rock Showgirl who is class, sassy and a little bit bad assy. Bootsy invites you to escape reality with lashings of glam rock, glitter, guitars and a heady dose of old Hollywood glamour.
    • Briar Rouge – classic flame-haired beauty Briar will transport you to Montmartre with her sultry performances. 
    • Our glamorous Popcorn Girls serving free snacks during the movie.

    Tickets £15

    www.http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/

  • The Tempest: A Practical Theatre Workshop

    Saturday 7 October 2017 10:05am

    Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    10.00 am & 1.00pm

    ‘O, wonder!’ (Act 5 sc 1 The Tempest)

    Bilimankhwe have created a 90-minute practical theatre workshop based around the theme of wonder.

    All participants should wear clothing suitable for physical performance, which may include floor work. Footwear should be trainers or pumps.

    Book a space by contacting quarrytheatre@bedfordschool.org.uk (spaces are limited!)

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • 4th-7th Oct: Bedford's 40th Beer & Cider Festival

    Saturday 7 October 2017 6:37pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    Around 160 real ales, international beers, mead, cider and perry, plus food, games and entertainment.

    https://northbeds.camra.org.uk/bedfordfestival.htm

  • Sinfonia from the Theatre of Life

    Saturday 7 October 2017 7:03pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • BedPop Fun Palaces 2017

    Saturday 7 October 2017 7:11pm

    BedPop is back with a bigger Fun Palace weekend in various town centre venues on 7th and 8th October

    Fun Palace is a national initiative bringing free workshops to the community on arts, creativity and science.  This is our fourth year and we have attracted thousands of visitors to try something they may not have the opportunity to otherwise.  You can see last years photos here!

    More details to follow…

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Iyad Sughayer

    Tuesday 10 October 2017 12:31pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    IYAD SUGHAYER MMus (Hons), Piano

    TRINITY LABAN CONSERVATOIRE

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.uk

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk 

  • For All The Fires Not Yet Lit

    Tuesday 10 October 2017 7:09pm

    Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    7.30pm

    For all the fires not yet lit is a solo performance for studio spaces that uses found sounds, electronic samples, storytelling and song to tell a simple tale of one woman’s quest to find her brave bone.

    Claire Lyons’ fiancé doesn’t think she should make a speech at their wedding reception, neither does her mother.  And yesterday she stayed swimming in the slow lane, despite her legs wanting to push her faster.  And so it is that a morning outing to get some milk turns into an odyssey of minute proportions where small risks have big consequences and timid Claire surprises herself and others.  Over the next 24hours our unsuspecting heroine goes on a protest, makes friends with a shoplifter, ends up in a prison cell and wakes with a very different view of what is or isn’t possible.

    Interwoven with small, tender and mighty stories of everyday bravery For all the fires not yet lit is a clarion call to be brave in an age which we are constantly told to be fearful.

    Because courage, like fear, can be contagious.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Ballroom Dance Club

    Wednesday 11 October 2017 11:54am

    Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford

    Every Wednesday, 11am-12noon.

    Free admission and refreshments to buy. Everyone is welcome and you don't have to be able to dance!

    Hosted by Annie Seaborn, Ballroom Dance Organiser for Bedford Corn Exchange. Informal opportunity to find out more about dance events at Bedford Corn Exchange and the local area. Find out where to dance and where to learn. 

    General chat about dancing and opportunity for dancers to socialise.

    We have been meeting since April 2015 and found this to be a lovely way to keep in touch. 

    For more information please contact Annie

    annie.seaborn@icloud.com

    01234 364690

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Lee Nelson: Serious Joker

    Thursday 12 October 2017 7:05pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Due to huge demand, Lee’s brand-new, best ever stand-up show has been extended into autumn 2017. You’ve seen him sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his sensational Serious Joker Tour.

    All profits from the show will be going to Lee.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Luisa Omielan - Am I Right Ladies?!

    Friday 13 October 2017 7:08pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Comedy phenomenon Luisa Omielan is bringing her smash hit show 'Am I Right Ladies!?' to Bedford. 

     Her first show 'What Would Beyonce Do?!' was hailed as 'one of the biggest stand up hits of the last decade’ (The Guardian) and was launched on BBC3 as a stand up special and this is the follow up! 

    Her joke on the Thigh Gap went viral with currently over 40 million views. If you like this [https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=941499742548551] you will LOVE the show. It's a party with jokes in!

    Nominated for Best Comedy Show in Melbourne, sold out tours in 12 countries, released a book, crowdfunded a DVD and changed the face of comedy. There's no stopping Luisa. This is a one off special, book early to avoid disappointment. 

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Film Screening: Aliens

    Saturday 14 October 2017 7:13pm

    Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    7pm

    To celebrate the return of Comedian Cinema Club to Bedford, where they’ll perform Aliens in a way that only they can, Bedford Film Festival and The Quarry Theatre have brought the film back to the big screen too!

    Set 57 years after the original Alien film, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is forced to return back to LV426 where she and her crew first encountered the terrifying Zenomorph. This time she’s taking a hardened platoon of Space Marines… will it be enough to destroy these Aliens once and for all?

    Rotten Tomatoes: 98% | IMDb: 8.4/10

    Oscar Winner for Best Sound Effects

    Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects

    Oscar nominated: Best Actress, Best Score, Best Art-Direction, Best Editing

    BAFT Winner: Best visual effects,

    Nominated: best make-up, best production designer, best Sound

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Comedians Cinema Club: Aliens

    Sunday 15 October 2017 7:17pm

    Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    7pm

    The Comedian’s Cinema Club are back in town and this time they are going to take on quite possibly one of the greatest Sci-Fi Action Horror films ever made… Aliens. Please note that the Comedian’s Cinema Club mostly come out at night… mostly.

    Being a fan of movies, and having main roles in upcoming feature lengths for the big screen, AmStarDam, Moonwalkers, and Valerian, it only seemed natural to Eric Lampaert “uniquely talented stand up and expert improviser” to combine his love of films and comedy into one, bringing you Comedians Cinema Club.

    “One of the best audience-participation comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival: In Indiana Jones, punters became elephants to ride the cast through India; in Jaws they were cast as the ocean, beach dwellers, underwater corpses and John Williams” THE GUARDIAN

    NOMINATED: Best Music & Variety Show 2016 by Chortle

    Note: This is not a screening of the film! Aliens will be screened on Saturday 14th October!

    Special double bill ticket deal: £17.00 (£13.00 concessions)

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Mark Bennett & Charles Martin

    Tuesday 17 October 2017 12:33pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    MARK BENNETT,  Horn.

    CHARLES MARTIN,  Piano.
     

    (FORMER DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, BEDFORD SCHOOL)

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.uk

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk 

  • Ballroom Dance Club

    Wednesday 18 October 2017 11:55am

    Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford

    Every Wednesday, 11am-12noon.

    Free admission and refreshments to buy. Everyone is welcome and you don't have to be able to dance!

    Hosted by Annie Seaborn, Ballroom Dance Organiser for Bedford Corn Exchange. Informal opportunity to find out more about dance events at Bedford Corn Exchange and the local area. Find out where to dance and where to learn. 

    General chat about dancing and opportunity for dancers to socialise.

    We have been meeting since April 2015 and found this to be a lovely way to keep in touch. 

    For more information please contact Annie

    annie.seaborn@icloud.com

    01234 364690

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Paul Chowdhry: Live innit

    Thursday 19 October 2017 8:11pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    8pm

    Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to venues nationwide.  

    ‘It’s a rare and joyous thing to see a stand up so vibrant and imperiously on top of his game’ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Mail on Sunday

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

     

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: From The New World

    Friday 20 October 2017 7:20pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    Alpesh Chauhan conductor

    Elena Urioste violin

    COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man

    KORNGOLD Violin Concerto

    DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World

    There’s a good reason why certain pieces become classics, and with its combination of melody, nostalgia and high drama, Dvořák’s New World Symphony has been loved by audiences ever since its premiere in 1893. First, though, discover two very different but equally tuneful masterpieces from across the pond: Copland’s mighty musical salute to freedom, and the sumptuous, gloriously songful violin concerto that Erich Korngold wrote in 1940s Hollywood – performed by Elena Urioste.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1850/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/20_october_2017/bedford_from_the_new_world/book

  • Don't Dribble on the Dragon

    Saturday 21 October 2017 3:03pm

    Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    2.30pm

    My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly

    Within a box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me…

    Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop!  When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse?

    Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big hearted adults and loving little ones alike.

    As an extra treat, Steven will be available to sign copies of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon which you can bring with you or buy in the theatre after the show.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Lipstick On Your Collar

    Saturday 21 October 2017 7:18pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Step back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn't touch the floor as Lipstick On Your Collar come to the Bedford Corn Exchange. Get your dancing shoes at the ready, grab yourself a milkshake and relax – you are in for an evening of back to back hits from the 1950s and 60s!

    From the birth of Rock n Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the show is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black and many more.

     Performed by a full live band, featuring some of the country's top musicians direct from the West End, this incredible show features excellent vocals, tight harmonies and an infectious sense of fun

     Dancing in the aisles is strictly compulsory so bring your dancing shoes and let the good times roll!

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • POP DIVAS – Live!

    Sunday 22 October 2017 4:21pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    4pm

    Little Mix / Katy Perry / Adele / Meghan Trainor / Ariana Grande / Taylor Swift / Rihanna

    The best songs from all your favourite female stars in one fabulous fun-packed show – that’s Pop Diva’s Live! Little Mix will cast some Black MagicKaty Perry will Roar and of course, Adele will be saying Hello as five enormously talented girls bring you up close and personal with the greatest pop performers of today. Meghan Trainor, Ariana GrandeTaylor Swift and Rihanna will all be dropping in to the biggest Pop Party ever so make sure you’re there!

    With dazzling choreography, state of the art videos and superb vocals, Pop Diva’s Live! is suitable for all ages and will leave you wanting more!

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Trio Sonorite

    Tuesday 24 October 2017 12:34pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    TRIO SONORITE

    OZLEM CELIK,  Clarinet.

    DARYL GIULIANI,  Cello.

    JELENA MAKAROVA,  Piano.

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.uk

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk 

  • Crafty's Creepy Castle Show

    Tuesday 24 October 2017 2:27pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    2pm

    From the team behind Marty MacDonald’s Farm and The Santa Shows comes the spookiest Trick Or Treat show ever…

    Why has Crafty the Crow gone to live in a haunted castle?

    Can Sally the Scarecrow help him with its ghostly goings-on?

    And what haunted happenings are making things go bump in the night?

    Come in your scariest Hallowe’en costume and join the adventure to find the hidden treasure in…

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Ballroom Dance Club

    Wednesday 25 October 2017 11:56am

    Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford

    Every Wednesday, 11am-12noon.

    Free admission and refreshments to buy. Everyone is welcome and you don't have to be able to dance!

    Hosted by Annie Seaborn, Ballroom Dance Organiser for Bedford Corn Exchange. Informal opportunity to find out more about dance events at Bedford Corn Exchange and the local area. Find out where to dance and where to learn. 

    General chat about dancing and opportunity for dancers to socialise.

    We have been meeting since April 2015 and found this to be a lovely way to keep in touch. 

    For more information please contact Annie

    annie.seaborn@icloud.com

    01234 364690

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Grand Autumn Ball 2017

    Wednesday 25 October 2017 4:35pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SL 

    2-5pm

    In the elegant surroundings of the Main Auditorium at Bedford Corn Exchange.

    Join Annie & Andy  and dance to Live music by popular organist and singer Mathew Bason. 

    Relax and enjoy a quintessential afternoon tea served to you at your table whilst you chat to friends.

    Tickets are £9 each including afternoon tea. Early bird £7.50

    ( pay cash at Box office to avoid booking fee).

    Once you have your ticket please let Annie have the numbers and choose which friends you would like to sit with.

    Please advise Annie of any special diets.

    Dress code – "Tuxes and Tiaras" preferred!

    Further information from our own Ballroom Dance Organiser

    Annie Seaborn -01234 364690

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • 26th-29th Oct: Beer Festival at The Swan

    Thursday 26 October 2017 8:48am

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    Bedford Swan Hotel's annual beer festival returns from 26th – 29th October

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • The Twins Macabre

    Thursday 26 October 2017 7:22pm

    Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    7pm

    As seen on BBC3’s ‘Live at the Electric’ and BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’, ‘The Twins Macabre’ is a dark character-comedy duo like no other.

    Maurice and Ivy Macabre are 10-year-old psychic siblings who have a penchant for finger painting and murder. Having run away from the circus, (which mysteriously burnt down causing their parents to perish…) the pair conjure the souls of the damned through twisted sketches and songs.

    Come and witness the phantasmagorical feats of the twins as they relive their circus days.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Buddy Holly Tribute 2017

    Thursday 26 October 2017 7:40pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Buddy Holly & The Crickets are brought back to life as they looked and sounded on their first tour of the UK in 1958 by the outstanding Spencer J & the Copy-Cat Crickets. Taking you back to the age of the soda shop, the drive through diner and the record hop, this is a non-stop rock 'n' roll concert straight from the fifties with the songs that Buddy recorded such as 'Peggy Sue', 'That'll Be The Day', 'Oh Boy' and 'Heartbeat', but also other rock n roll hits such as 'La Bamba', 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Rip It Up' and 'Shake Rattle & Roll' which Buddy performed time and again.

    This isn't just a great night, it's 'Buddy' brilliant!

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Vegan Fair

    Saturday 28 October 2017 4:24pm

  • 26th-29th Oct: Beer Festival at The Swan

    Sunday 29 October 2017 10:54pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    Bedford Swan Hotel's annual beer festival returns from 26th – 29th October

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Ian Runnells

    Tuesday 31 October 2017 12:35pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    IAN RUNNELLS ORGAN RECITAL

    ORGANIST AND DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, ST PAUL’S CHURCH, BEDFORD AND DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, WELLINGBOROUGH SCHOOL, NORTHANTS.

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.uk

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk 

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Julian Trevelyan

    Tuesday 7 November 2017 12:58pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    Julian Trevelyan, Piano.

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.uk

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk 

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Christian Dawson

    Tuesday 14 November 2017 1:02pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    Christian Dawson MMus (Hons), Piano.

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.uk

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk 

  • Eight Months that shook the world – Russia in 1917

    Wednesday 15 November 2017 7:43pm

    Bedford School Library, de Parys Avenue, Burnaby Road gate MK40 2TU

    7.30pm

    Eight Months that shook the world – Russia in 1917

    Talk by Dr Jonathan Davis of Anglia University to the HA (Historical Association-Bedford)

    Free to HA members. Others welcome with a donation.

    Details 07989 837819/01234 266839  

  • Christmas Fair

    Saturday 18 November 2017 3:50pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    Christmas Fair in aid of charities 10-4

    http://www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk/

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts

    Tuesday 21 November 2017 1:05pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    JAMAL ALIYEV BMus (Hons), Cello.

    MARIA TARASEWICZ,  Piano.

    ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.uk

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk 

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Shostakovich & Rachmaninov

    Wednesday 22 November 2017 7:29pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Long Yu conductor

    George Li piano

    GLINKA Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla

    RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2

    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5

    For Dmitri Shostakovich, his Fifth Symphony really was a matter of life and death. Written in Stalin’s USSR, this is music on the edge: a shout of defiance in a time of terror, and one of the most powerful and personal statements in all of 20th-century music. It’s a gripping contrast to the romance of Rachmaninov’s hugely popular piano concerto – played by the brilliant young American star George Li – and Glinka’s sparkling little firecracker of an overture.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1852/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/22_november_2017/bedford_shostakovich_and_rachmaninov/book

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Ziteng Trio

    Tuesday 28 November 2017 1:06pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    ZITENG TRIO

    Kitbi Lee, Violin

    Sooeyon Lee, Cello

    Ziteng Fan, Piano

    Royal Academy of Music

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.u

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  • 6th-10th Dec: Christmas Tree Festival

    Wednesday 6 December 2017 3:55pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    Christmas Tree Festival 6-10 December

    In aid of the church and Bedford Hospitals Charity

    The theme this year is “Stories for Children” which will inspire thoughts of the many wonderful stories that are available for children and young people, which open thoughts about different world views and experiences as well as telling histories, myths and religious tales.

    To book a tree now to decorate contact 01234 340163

    Open daily 10-5, Sunday 10th 12-4.

    Cellophony cello octet festival concert Saturday 9th, 7pm

    Tickets from 01234 340163/01234 783181

  • Cellophony at the Christmas Tree Festival

    Saturday 9 December 2017 7:06pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    7pm

    The concert will be given by Cellophony, a cello octet. This year they will be performing among other things, a piece of words and music inspired by “The Wind in the Willows”.

    Tickets from 01234 340163/01234 783181

  • 6th-10th Dec: Christmas Tree Festival

    Sunday 10 December 2017 4:04pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    Christmas Tree Festival 6-10 December

    In aid of the church and Bedford Hospitals Charity

    The theme this year is “Stories for Children” which will inspire thoughts of the many wonderful stories that are available for children and young people, which open thoughts about different world views and experiences as well as telling histories, myths and religious tales.

    To book a tree now to decorate contact 01234 340163

    Open daily 10-5, Sunday 10th 12-4.

    Cellophony cello octet festival concert Saturday 9th, 7pm

    Tickets from 01234 340163/01234 783181

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Carnival in Prague

    Friday 2 February 2018 7:36pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Paavo Järvi conductor

    Lucienne Renaudin Vary trumpet

    DVOŘÁK Overture, Carnival

    HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto

    DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7 in D minor

    Paavo Järvi conducts a programme exploring the stunning musical landscapes of Czech composer Antonin Dvořák. From the exuberant opening bars of Dvořák’s Carnival overture to the heroic conclusion of his Seventh Symphony declared ‘fit to shake the world’ by Dvořák himself, experience the unbuckled joy of this supremely life-affirming music. In between the works of Dvořák, young trumpet virtuoso Lucienne Renaudin Vary performs a classical masterpiece with a particularly gorgeous, soulful slow movement: Hummel’s Trumpet concerto.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1854/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/30_january_2018/bedford_carnival_in_prague/book

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: The Young Mozart

    Tuesday 20 March 2018 7:41pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay violin/direction

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 “The Palindrome”

    MOZART Serenade No. 7 in D, K.250, Haffner

    The young Mozart wrote his Haffner serenade as music for a party: a friend's wedding in Salzburg. So it's a glimpse into an 18th-century world of jubilant trumpets, spirited dance tunes and elegant romance, all drenched in summer sunshine. The Philharmonia’s Concert Master Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay leads from his violin – just as Mozart himself would have done – and launches the celebrations with a great burst of imagination and humour from Mozart’s friend Joseph Haydn.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1856/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/20_march_2018/bedford_the_young_mozart

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

    Saturday 7 April 2018 7:49pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Michael Collins conductor

    Timothy Walden cello

    BRAHMS St Anthony Variations (Variations on a theme of Haydn)

    BIRCHALL Labyrinth for Cello and Orchestra

    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4

    Trumpets and horns shout out in terror, the violins sob with longing – when Tchaikovsky wears his heart on his sleeve, there’s emotion in every note. And never more so than in his Fourth Symphony: a no-holds-barred musical autobiography, drenched in melody. It’ll make a sensational finish to a concert that begins with Brahms at his wittiest and most mellow, and includes a fascinating new musical adventure from the Philharmonia’s very own Richard Birchall.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1858/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/7_april_2018/bedford_tchaikovsky_symphony_no_4

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Passion & Poetry

    Wednesday 9 May 2018 7:54pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange. St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Christoph Altstaedt conductor

    Singers from the Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artists scheme

    WAGNER Siegfried Idyll

    MASSENET Cendrillon (arias and excerpts)

    VERDI La traviata (arias and excerpts)

    LISZT Les préludes

    Rising-star conductor Christoph Altstaedt brings a programme of romantic 19th-century storytelling — both operatic and symphonic — to the Corn Exchange stage. The evening opens and closes with two symphonic poems: Liszt’s lushly scored Les préludes and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. The music for the Idyll — later used in Wagner’s opera Siegfried — was composed for Wagner’s wife Cosima’s birthday, and first performed as a surprise for her on the stairs of their villa in Lucerne. In between, themes of love and heartache in two of the most popular operas of the Romantic era: Massenet’s Cinderella and the tragedy of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1860/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/9_may_2018/bedford_passion_and_poetry


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