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Theatre Highlights in Bedford

Here’s our pick of theatre in December and Janaury.  Whether’s it’s a festive frolic through to something more highbrow, Bedford’s theatres have it covered. The Place Tale Be Told Theatre present On Hold Monday 2 December at 7.30pm Tickets: £5 Inspired by the real-life experiences of families living in temporary accommodation, this darkly comic play lifts the…

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December Music Highlights

Philharmonia Cello Quartet Friday 6th December 7.30 pm Christmas Tree Festival Concert St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ Tickets £17.50 include mulled wine and mince pie. 01234 783181 or www.bedfordhospitalcharity.org.uk. In aid of the church and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends.   Saturday Night Blender Christmas party Bedford Esquires Saturday 14 December from…

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Clanger review: Banton live at Bedford Esquires

[photo credit: Neil McCarty) Banton performed at Esquires on Saturday 2 November, launching is new EP, Ball and Chain. Alison Taylor reviewed the gig.. Having spent much of the year performing solo on a chair due to his broken leg, it’s great to see Banton literally back on his feet, performing with his brand new…

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Clanger interview: HMLTD at Esquires

This Friday 18 October, HMLTD bring their much-anticipated show to Esquires. The band’s creative output is unparalleled when it comes to new ‘guitar’ bands. With a wide range of influences ranging from glam punk to electro, with 80’s leanings, HMLTD are one of the most exciting and visceral live artists to have broken out of…

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New exhibition at the Higgins Bedford: Dreams and Nightmares

Head to the Higgins on Castle Lane this month to discover artists’ depictions of dreams and nightmares in this new exhibition, drawn from the internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Collection. Explore spiritual visions, spectral images, fairies, witches and romantic dreams. Works include Samuel Palmer’s dreams of the village of Shoreham, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s visions of the…

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Jacqui Dankworth to headline The Quarry Theatre

To celebrate the London launch of their first CD, Le Départ, the unique chamber jazz group ‘Butterfly’s Wing’ entices you into their stunning soundworld and thoughtful virtuosity. David Gordon and Jacqui Dankworth’s collaboration provides the thrust of the original material, interspersed with some new arrangements of classic songs, masterfully arranged by David for these four…

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Clanger interview: Feet

Feet (plus special guests The Courts) hit Bedford Esquires on Monday 21 October. Clanger correspondent, Lloyd Lugsden spoke to guitarist Harry Southerton for the lowdown on Reading Festival, dressing up and, first up, where their name came from… Bedford Clanger: Where did the name come from? Upon our first meeting, Joakim, who is now a pilot of…

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Clanger exclusive: Urban Folk Quartet interview

Ahead of the Urban Folk Quartet’s concert at The Place Theatre on Sunday 13th October, the Bedford Clanger’s John Garden caught up with founder member and renowned Cajonero, Tom Chapman. As well as his work with UFQ, Tom has played with Chris While of the Albion Band, Gilmore & Roberts, and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award…

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