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.

Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 6.15pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

David Lopez Ibanez violin

Katherine Bryer oboe


Programme to include:

Telemann Fantasia No. 7 TWV 40:8, Bach Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, Mvt. 3, Sarabande, Bach Duetto No.1 in E Minor...


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Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Philippe Herreweghe conductor


Bertrand Chamayou piano


Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, K488

Mozart Symphony No. 41, Jupiter, K551


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Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Xian Zhang conductor


Alina Pogostkina violin


Beethoven Overture, Coriolan

Brahms Violin Concerto

Beethoven Symphony No. 7


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Monday 29 Apr 2019, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor


Esther Yoo violin


Glinka Overture, Ruslan and Ludmila

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Elgar Enigma Variations


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This film featuring Adrián Varela and Tim Steiner introduces 'Creative Orchestra', a Philharmonia education project which has taken place at various schools including those in Bedford, Bristol and Leicester.

Based in the Queen's Park neighbourhood of Bedford, Hear and Now is a community-based music project now in its seventh year.