Residencies bedford

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

In 2018/19, the Orchestra performs some of the greatest and most enduring works in the classical canon – Elgar's Enigma Variations, Mozart's Jupiter Symphony paired with his Piano Concerto No. 23, Beethoven's Symphony No.7 and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. As ever, our roster of guest artists features both British and international talent, from the rising star harpist Oliver Wass, to German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott.

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 Key Stage 2 schools concerts, Orchestra Unwrapped and intergenerational creative music-making community project Hear and Now bringing 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 2018/19 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.

Thursday 31 Oct 2019, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Nikolai Lugansky piano


Sibelius Lemminkäinen's Return

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, excerpts


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Tuesday 12 Nov 2019, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Pablo Heras-Casado conductor


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Boulanger D'un soir triste, Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin, Boulanger D'un matin de printemps


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Saturday 15 Feb 2020, 2pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Robin O'Neill conductor


Lucy Drever presenter

Angie Newman


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

Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica


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Tuesday 17 Mar 2020, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Mark van de Wiel clarinet

Emily Hultmark bassoon

Nigel Black horn


Berlioz Le carnaval romain

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Wind Soloists

Symphony TBC


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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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