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Bedford Choral Society at the Corn Exchange
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Formed in 1867, the Bedford Choral Society is one of the oldest established choral societies in the United Kingdom.

A thriving local choir, the Bedford Choral Society performs three or four times each year - usually in Bedford's historic Corn Exchange. We have approximately 130 full-time members - with singers from other local choirs joining us on occasions for particular concerts. Our Director Music is Ian Smith with Principal Guest Conductor is Michael Rose and Accompanist Tim Grant-Jones.

We regularly perform classical choral works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and we have also commissioned a number of works in recent years. We perform with local orchestras such as the Bedford Sinfonia , the Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra, the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra .

For the past ten years, the Bedford Choral Society has provided the choir at Bedford's "Proms in the Park" and every other year we give a Family Concert of Christmas Music and Carols with Bedford Town Band.

We rehearse on Monday evenings and welcome new singers. If you would like to sing with us, or would like to support us by becoming a 'Friend of the Society', details are given in the contacts section of this web site.

For any enquiries concerning Bedford Choral Society, please use this e-mail link:

Bedford Choral Society enquiries:

Registered Charity No. 291518

If you are interested in joining the choir please contact us via the enquiries e-mail link above - or go to the Society's Contact and Joining webpages.

Concert Programme - 2017 to 2020

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Bedford Choral Society at a Corn Exchange concert during the 2015 - 2016 Season
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Our Summer Concert ...

Rossini - Petite Messe Solonnelle

Saturday, June 9th 2018
Bedford Corn Exchange - 7.30pm


Gioachino Rossini

  • Soloists:
    Tim Grant-Jones (piano)
    Roy Tipping (harmonium)
  • Conductor: Ian Smith
Rossini intended this mass for performance in a venue other than a church. Despite the title it is not ‘petite’ (lasting over an hour), but it is, by Rossini’s standards, solemn. A more operatic mass it is difficult to find. It is full of wonderful operatic-style melodies. The scoring is unusual, being for piano and harmonium alone. It was this scoring that Rossini preferred. This work is entertaining, memorable and perfect to enjoy on a summer evening. Come and hear this delightful work! We hope to see you there!

View / download the full concert programme for the 2017 - 2018 season


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  • Rehearsals our concerts during 2018 are usually on Mondays and start at 7.30pm at St Gregory's RC Middle School, Biddenham.
    If you are interested in joining Bedford Choral Society, please come along to the first rehearsal or contact us beforehand via this e-mail address:

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