Music highlights

The Philharmonia Orchestra: Spend an evening with 80 of the most talented musicians in the UK.

The Philharmonia Orchestra returns to its second home in Bedford, at the Corn Exchange, with four concerts brimming with world-class artists and roof-raising symphonies. The Philharmonia is a world-class symphony Orchestra that is proud to put great live music at the heart of Bedford’s cultural life. Whether a live symphony orchestra is completely new for you or it’s your 23rd Philharmonia season, there is music for everyone to enjoy.

On Tuesday 20 Marchparty music by Mozart rubs shoulders with Haydn’s humorous Symphony No. 47, and at the heart of the season on Saturday 7 April the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony: a must-hear musical autobiography with emotion in every note. The Philharmonia’s 23rd season is brought to a close with a concert featuring music from two of the most popular operas: Massenet’s Cinderella and Verdi’s La traviata on Wednesday 9 May.

Seeing the Philharmonia Orchestra live in concert is a fun and informal experience. The concerts start at 7.30pm and finish around 9.30pm, so there’s time to join friends and family for a meal before the concert or for a drink during the interval.

Tickets start from just £14, and there are discounts for families, schools, students, under-16s and other concessions. To book tickets or for more information, visit or call 020 7921 3907.

Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves
Friday 9th February at 8pm

Bedford Esquires
Tickets £10 in advance

Following the success of Gaz Brookfield’s last two sold out solo UK tours, he is bringing the full band out on the road this February.

Truly a super-group of musicians, Gaz Brookfield and The Company of Thieves comprises of drummer, Leks Wood, (Devil Sold His Soul), bassist, Tom Granville, (Flipron, Nick Parker and The False Alarms), guitarist, Chris Webb, (a superb solo act in his own right), mandolin player, Nick Parker, (Nick Parker and The False Alarms), and of course, Gaz’s old cohort, violinist, Ben Wain.

If you weren’t lucky enough to catch this full band line up at a festival in 2017, then don’t miss out on your chance to see them live, on this rare, possibly never to be repeated tour.

Support comes from Chris Webb, Nick Parker, and Rhys Kirkman.

Tickets priced £10 advance are on sale from Seetickets and the local outlets of Bedford Esquires Bar, Slide Record Shop & Mario’s Hair Design.



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