The Bedford Clanger Music Round Up!

November at Esquires
Friday 24th November sees the return of swamp-blues-garage-punk types Daddy Long Legs, all the way from Missouri and New York. It’d be rude not to turn up, the boys have come a long way. An exceptional live act not to miss.
Tickets £10

Tickets are available from, Mario’s Hair Design Kempston, Spiral Records in the Arcade or Esquires, 60A Bromham Rd, Bedford MK40 2QG

BedPop Record Shop pops back up at the Ent Shed at The Gordon Arms on Saturday 11th, 9am-6pm, for crate digging, various live sets through the day and just hanging out (more info on page 6). Pop-up-tastic!

St Paul’s Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts: Christian Dawson
Tuesday 14 November 2017

Lunchtime Concerts are held at St Paul’s Church every Tuesday at 1.10pm during academic terms.  For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

The performers are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Local musicians also feature in the concerts.


The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series) for details of past and present musicians.

St. Paul’s is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email:

St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 


BSO: From Russia with Love
Saturday 18 November 2017 at 7.30pm
Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

Soloist: Mengyang Pan (piano)
Conductor: Michael Rose
Tchaikovsky – Overture: Romeo and Juliet
Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Musorgsky – Pictures from an exhibition

BSO opens its first concert of the season with Tchaikovsky’s overpowering depiction of Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The brilliant pianist Mengyang Pan then takes the stage for Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody. After the interval the audience is transported to an art exhibition, appreciating the insight with which Mussorgsky reflects the works on show in his ‘Pictures From an Exhibition’, originally written for piano and brilliantly orchestrated by Ravel.

Tickets: Balcony / Tier £15, Flat £12, Children/Students £5
Tickets from Central Box Office
Telephone 01234 718044 or on the door


Bedford Choral Society and Bedford Sinfonia: Elgar’s The Kingdom
Saturday 25 November 2017
Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

The Kingdom is an oratorio composed by Edward Elgar in 1906. It was first performed at the Birmingham Music Festival that year, conducted by the composer. It is the second part of an unfinished trilogy depicting the community of the early church, Pentecost, and the events that followed. It has previously been performed by the Society on only two occasions, so come and hear a rare performance of this marvellous work!

Conductor Ian Smith
Soloists: Rebecca Bottone (soprano), Jeanette Ager (mezzo soprano), Ben Thapa (tenor) and Andrew Slater (baritone).

Tickets:Balcony / Tier £16, Flat £13, Children/Students £6
Tickets from Central Box Office
Tel: 01234 718044, from the Harpur Suite (next to Bedford Central Library) or on the door.


Jimpster at Herd
Saturday 25th November 10pm – 4am

Taste-maker, label boss, producer, DJ, remixer: Jamie Odell wears many hats and wears them well. Under his Jimpster alias, he has become one the most revered deep house producer/DJs operating on the scene today. “House music has been my first love and passion since hearing ‘Strings Of Life’ for the first time at The Essex Barn in 1988. One minute we were listening to Lil Louis’ ‘The Story Continues’ and the next, freaking out to ‘Radio Babylon’ by Meat Beat Manifesto. Every track seemed to have its own strong identity and unique sound and I guess that ethos is something I try and carry through to my A&R for the labels as well as my DJ sets. Certainly as a producer I am still striving to produce that perfect house track which will stand the test of time in the same way that those early classics have. The blueprint is simple: to inject life, depth, soul, sincerity and attitude. This is what sets the major players apart from the pretenders. That challenge is what keeps me focused and inspired 25 yearson and I’m sure it will keep me on my toes for many years to come.”

With Jimpster still doing the business at globally renowned hotspots like Output (New York), Womb (Tokyo) and Watergate (Berlin) he can now add Herd, Bedford to his cv. You can catch him there on Saturday 25th November. Tickets from


Dates for your December diaries:

Danni Nicholls at the Stables, MK
Saturday 2nd December

Bedfordshire singer/songwriter Danni Nicholls is the creator of original, personal songs that deserve their own category of Anglo-Americana. With performances guaranteed to melt your heart into the soles of your cowboy boots, her passionate delivery, captivating velvet voice and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell. Tickets:

Carolyn Sampson (Soprano) & Joseph Middleton (Piano) at St Andrews Church
Saturday 2nd December at 6.30pm

Soprano (and St Andrews’ patron), Carolyn Sampson performs with Joseph Middleton in the church’s final 2017 concert. “…Carolyn Sampson’s pure soprano cossets the words, savouring their expressive implications, relishing their shifts of rhythm and subtly sighing with bliss, yearning or heartache…”. Join the duo ‘In Conversation’ prior to the concert to hear about their recent and upcoming projects.



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