Carols by Candlelight
Wednesday 19 December at 7.30pm
Bedford School Chapel
Enjoy traditional favourites, fresh new works and congregational carols from the last five hundred years in the magical candlelit surroundings of Bedford School Chapel. Gaude is Bedford’s professional chamber choir and includes some of this country’s finest consort singers.
Tickets: £15 (<18 £5). gaude.org.uk
Blender pop up record shop
Saturday 8 December
The blender Pop-Up Record Shop returns for its last event of the year at The Ent Shed on Castle Road Bedford. Expect to see tons of vinyl from the traders specialising in a wide variety of genres -perfect for for pre-Christmas dig for that someone special. As ever, you can also pop next door to the Gordon Arms pub for some food and a pint too!
Blender are bringing along the Beat Throwdown DJs who’ll be playing some choice cuts throughout the day. The live line up of acoustic sessions features: Sara Music, King Purple, The Shtooks, Carlos Linnett and Eleanor Richardson.
The Ent Shed, Gordon Arms, 118 Castle Road, MK40 3QY
Slide Record Shop: David Marsh jazz collection listening evening
Thursday 6 December at 6pm
Slide Record Shop is thrilled to be able to share a with its customers a very special record collection, containing some of the most sought after and important records in the history of British and American jazz. ON Thursday 6 December, customers are invited to listen and have a first browse of these records.
The collection belonged to David Marsh, a life-long lover of jazz. Throughout his lifetime David developed a collection of over 500 records that covers the greats of US, European and UK post-war jazz.
“David clearly had an excellent ear, attending concerts and collecting records that demonstrated adventurous taste, as well foresight,” said Slide Records’ Warren Allsop. “Within the collection are first pressings of records that are now considered lost classics of British jazz: recordings that broke new ground musically and are considered ‘holy grails’ for vinyl record collectors.”
The collection includes “Dusk Fire” and “Live” from the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet, The New Jazz Orchestra’s “Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe”, Amancio D’Silva’s “Integration” and his follow-up with Joe Harriott “Hum-Dono”.
“Despite the value of David’s collection, his friends recall always being welcome to borrow records provided, they were returned and “you put it back where you found it”,” said Warren. “When we became aware of the rarity and value of the collection his widow, Sue’s, first concern was that they should go to people who would listen to, enjoy and appreciate them, as that is what David would have wanted.”
Warren has taken these words to heart and is inviting Slide customers to listen to some these very special records. Customers will also have a chance to get a first look the wider collection and raise a glass in thanks to David.
Slide Record Shop, 9 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS sliderecordshop.com
Friday 7 December
Black Parade 00s Emo anthems at Esquires
Legend – The Music of Bob Marley at Bedford Corn Exchange
Saturday 8 December
Bombastic 90s Christmas special at Esquires
Friday 14 December
Lera Lynn ( encompassing Americana to stat indie rock) at Bedford Corn Exchange
Loathe + support at Bedford Esquires
Friday Night Blender at Bedford Esquires
Common People 90s indie, Britpop, baggy at Esquires
Sunday 16 December
Cherry Lee Mewis and her Blues Gems Esquires
Thursday 20 December
Elijah Miller at Esquires
Friday 21 December
Jaguar Skills Christmas party at Esquires
Friday 28 December
Dekkertons Christmas skank at Esquires
IDLES DJ set at Esquires
Saturday 29 December
Sarpa Salpa at Esquires
New Year’s Eve
NYE with the Workshop Boys