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Bedford: Clarinet Spotlight

Bedford Corn Exchange
£14 — £38
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Conductor Marta Gardolinska in suit with baton.


Marta Gardolińska – conductor
Michael Collins – clarinet


Weber Overture, Der Freischütz Listen

Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1 Listen

— Interval —

Brahms Symphony No. 1 Listen

Conductor Marta Gardolińska takes us back to the early Romantic era in this all-German programme. Der Freischütz is widely considered one of the first German operatic masterpieces, and the 10-minute overture offers a tantalising taste of the whole work.

The spotlight is then on the brilliant Michael Collins as he demonstrates all that the clarinet has to offer in Weber’s radiant first clarinet concerto. The work was embellished by Weber’s clarinettist friend Heinrich Baermann, for whom it was written, and the result is abundant in memorable melodies.

Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 is full of in melting lyricism and dynamic expansion. Brahms looked to Beethoven for inspiration, and his own version of the Ode to Joy (taken from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony) can be heard in the final movement.

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Prices & Discounts

£14 – £38

Multi-buy offer available; under-16s and concession discounts available

Running time

1 hr 50 mins, including 20-minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm


Bedford Corn Exchange
Bedford Corn Exchange

Bedford Corn Exchange

13 St Paul’s Square
MK40 1SL

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£14 — £38