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Fizz to Fireworks: an evening with the Philharmonia Winds

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Robin O’Neill – conductor
Philharmonia Winds


Bach/Robin O'Neill Bach's Fizz Overture

Debussy, arr. Robin O'Neill Preludes (selection)

Stravinsky Octet for Wind Instruments

Gershwin, arr. Robin O'Neill Preludes

Salzedo Divertimento

Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks

*Due to Covid measures, bookings can no longer be taken online – for any last-minute bookings, please do visit the Bedford Corn Exchange box office from 6.30pm on Monday 14 June, where tickets can be bought in person* 

Join members of the Philharmonia’s wind and brass sections as the Orchestra’s musicians make their eagerly-anticipated return to their Bedford residency in a cheerful programme filled with joy and optimism.

Appearing in Bedford for the first time since lockdown, bassoonist Robin O’Neill leads an ensemble of 15 wind players in his own arrangements of well-loved music by composers including Gershwin, Debussy and Handel.

Building on the wind ensemble tradition popularised by the likes of Mozart and Dvořák in their charming wind serenades, Robin O’Neill presents arrangements of keyboard works from across three centuries. Bach’s Fizz Overture reimagines the iconic C major Prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier, and paves the way for arrangements from Gershwin and Debussy’s masterly preludes for solo piano.

Equally delightful, but with a devious streak of humour, Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments is widely recognised as one of the composer’s small-scale masterpieces, with moments of virtuosity for each of the ensemble’s musicians.

And to finish, a real fan favourite: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks traditionally accompanies moments of national celebration – with tonight marking the return of live performance in Bedford, we think there’s no better way to close our programme in style.

Prices & Discounts

£12 – £30

Seat allocation

Please note that seats for this performance must be bought as singles, pairs or threes – the entire available seat group must be used up with no gaps.

Safety measures

  • Capacity has been reduced to 175 audience members to allow for social distancing
  • All tickets will be posted
  • There will be toilet facilities and sanitising gel available
  • Face masks will be required when not seated in the auditorium
  • Audiences are asked not to attend if they have experienced Covid symptoms in the past 14 days
  • The Corn Exchange operate a seated bar service with contactless payments encouraged

Running time

1 hour 15 minutes, no interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Box office

Philharmonia Orchestra box office: 0800 652 6717


Bedford Corn Exchange
Bedford Corn Exchange

Bedford Corn Exchange

13 St Paul’s Square
MK40 1SL

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