Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust

Help us secure the future of our residency at Bedford Corn Exchange in perpetuity.

Bedford Corn Exchange

The Philharmonia is proud to be Orchestra in Residence at Bedford Corn Exchange. Since 1995, the Orchestra’s concert season has been at the heart of Bedford’s cultural life and each year more than 4,400 audience members hear the Philharmonia perform at their local concert hall. To secure the future of this residency the Philharmonia has established the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust. The Trust aims to build a £1 million endowment fund to support the annual concert season.

We need your help to reach this target.

For more information and enquiries, contact our Development department on 020 7921 3903 or email

How you can support


Our loyal audience, and the Friends of the Philharmonia, are the bedrock of the Philharmonia’s residency in Bedford and have served as local ambassadors for the Orchestra over the past two decades.

We now need your support to ensure that the Philharmonia has a permanent place in the cultural life of the town, enabling future generations to enjoy world-class music in their community.

To make a donation today please download this form and send to the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust, Princeton Court, Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7PZ.

Every donation, whatever the amount, will be gratefully received, and will help us reach our £1 million target.

Local businesses

Many local businesses have supported the Orchestra’s residency since it began in 1995, and we are very grateful to them.

Could you encourage the business you work for, or those you are connected with, to show their support for the Philharmonia’s residency and the cultural life of the town?

Businesses who donate to the Trust will be acknowledged in Philharmonia concert programmes and at the Bedford Corn Exchange.


Once we have reached our target of raising £1 million, we will continue to grow the endowment in order to sustain and expand the Philharmonia’s residency in Bedford. One way that you could support the Orchestra in the future is to remember the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust in your Will. Leaving such a gift is a remarkable way to support the Philharmonia in Bedford.

Whether you would like to redirect an existing gift to the Philharmonia in Bedford Trust or pledge a new gift, you can do so by simply adding a codicil to your Will. To find out more about how to do this, please visit our Legacies page, or call 020 7921 3903 for a private and confidential conversation.


Philharmonia Orchestra first violins

The Philharmonia on stage at Bedford Corn Exchange

Credits and contact


Trustees of the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust:

Cllr Henry Vann (Chair)
Stuart Renshaw (Treasurer)
Ivan Flack
Georgina Murphy Clifford
David Russell
David Steadman


The Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust is very grateful to its founding partners:

Arts Council England
Bedford Borough Council
Frank Branston Charitable Trust
Harpur Trust


Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust
Princeton Court
Pilgrim Centre
Brickhill Drive
Bedford, MK41 7PZ

020 7921 3903

Registered Charity No. 1170495