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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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Other News ...

  • The Chamber Choir of Bedford Choral Society will sing for the Christmas Carol service for the University of Bedforshire on Tuesday, December 5th at 6pm in St Paul's Church, Bedford

  • The Chamber Choir also performed the Palestrina Missa Brevis in Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, Bedford in June 2017 .

  • Bedford Choral Society joined the London Gala Orchestra on Sunday, August 6th 2017 to perform in a special Proms in the Park .

  • Looking further ahead to next year, Danesborough Chorus with Bedford Choral Society will perform Karl Jenkins' ‘The Armed Man’ on 14th October 2018 at 7.30pm at the Milton Keynes Theatre.

  • Rehearsals our concerts during 2018 will commence on Monday, January 8th 2018 , 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:

The final concert in our 150th Anniversary Season ...

Saturday, December 16th 2017
Bedford Corn Exchange - 7.00pm

Christmas Carol Concert

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  • A family concert of Christmas Carols sung by Bedford Choral Society, accompanied by Bedford Town Band and conducted by Ian Smith
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The most recent concert in our 150th Anniversary Season ...

Saturday, November 25th 2017
Bedford Corn Exchange - 7.30pm

Elgar - 'The Kingdom'
(Opus 51)

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  • Soloists
    Soprano: Rebecca Bottone
    Mezzo-Soprano: Louise Crane (*)
    Tenor: Ben Thapa
    Bass: Andrew Slater
    (* replacing Jeanette Ager)

  • Conductor: Ian Smith

  • Orchestra: Bedford Sinfonia

  • More about the Elgar concert ...

Elgar: 'The Kingdom' - A Message of Thanks to Bedford Choral Society from Ian Smith, Director of Music

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The mid-summer concert for our 150th Anniversary Season was on Saturday, June 17th 2017

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The concert to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Bedford Choral Society was held on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at Bedford Corn Exchange. This marked 150 years to the day from the first concert given in by the choir in 1867

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The plaque to mark the 150th Anniversary of the choir. This is now on permanent display in Bedford Corn Exchange immediately above the plaque commemorating Major Glenn Miller.

  • Vaughan Williams - Serenade to Music
  • Tim Grant-Jones - Psalm 150
  • Paul Edwards - Te Deum
  • Mendelssohn - Lauda Sion
  • Vocal Soloists:

    Soprano - Rebecca Bottone
    Mezzo - Jeanette Ager
    Tenor - Simon Berridge
    Bass - Quentin Hayes

  • Conductor: Ian Smith

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