Live Music In Bedford

The latest music events in Bedford and across Bedfordshire. From live music to DJ sets, big names to local bands, jam sessions and open mic nights.

Check out all the gigs in Bedford below or add your own music event to our listing for free.

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Starts: 14 Dec 2019 at 8:30 PM
Ends: at 10:45 PM
The Foresters Arms
Union Street Bedford MK40 2SF
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Starts: 18 Dec 2019 at 7:30 PM
Ends: at 9:30 PM
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Bedford School Chapel
Bedford School Bedford MK40 2TU
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Starts: 21 Dec 2019 at 8:30 PM
Ends: at 10:30 PM
The Foresters Arms
Union Street Bedford MK40 2SF
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Starts: 28 Dec 2019 at 12:00 AM
Ends: at 12:00 AM
The Foresters Arms
Union Street Bedford MK40 2SF
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Starts: 15 Feb 2020 at 2:00 PM
Ends: at 3:00 PM
Bedford Corn Exchange
St Paul's Square Bedford MK40 1SL
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Starts: 15 Feb 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ends: at 9:30 PM

Angus Webster, conductor

Timothy Ridout, viola

 

WALTON Viola Concerto

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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Eroica

 

The greatest symphony of all time is paired with the greatest viola concerto ever written, in an evening of virtuosity and intense musical storytelling.

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony’s themes of struggle and triumph have been interpreted as autobiographical – Beethoven had begun to go deaf, but had overcome his initial despair and determined to find hope and purpose in his art. One of the first fruits of his decision was this glorious, groundbreaking piece, voted top in a 2016 poll of over 150 leading global conductors.

In the first half, experience Walton’s fiery Viola Concerto – a piece so popular at its premiere that The Guardian’s critic said that it was tempting to call the concerto the best thing in recent music of any nationality.

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Bedford Corn Exchange
St Paul's Square Bedford MK40 1SL
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Starts: 17 Mar 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ends: at 9:30 PM

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Mark van de Wiel, clarinet

Emily Hultmark, bassoon

Nigel Black, horn

 

BERLIOZ Le carnaval romain

MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for Wind Soloists

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SYMPHONY TBC

 

Enjoy idyllic countryside scenery and glittering melodies as our Principal Conductor makes a welcome return to Bedford.

While some scholars argue whether Mozart wrote the Sinfonia Concertante, what none debate is the extraordinary beauty of the piece. Delicate, spirited and featuring arguably the most accomplished music for wind instruments written in the 18th century, this is a chance to hear the formidable skill of the Philharmonia’s wind section principals as they take centre stage under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The last symphony Schumann wrote, the Rhenish was inspired by a happy holiday with his composer wife Clara. The second movement evokes the broad, peacefully flowing river, the fourth, with its sombre brass chorales, tells of a ceremony the couple witnessed in Cologne Cathedral, and the work ends in celebratory mood.

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Bedford Corn Exchange
St Paul's Square Bedford MK40 1SL
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Starts: 03 May 2020 at 6:15 PM
Ends: at 7:00 PM
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Bedford Corn Exchange
St Paul's Square Bedford MK40 1SL
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Starts: 03 May 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ends: at 9:30 PM

Gergely Madaras, conductor

Andrei Ioniță, cello

 

MENDELSSOHN Overture in C Major

DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto

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DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 in G (Op. 88)

 

From wistful melodies to jubilant brass, experience the full range of Dvořák’s compositional mastery in one vivid evening of music.

Described by The Guardian’s Tom Service as “35 minutes of life-enhancing joy”, the Eighth Symphony crackles with an irresistible energy: adventurous rhythms bring to life Dvořák’s Bohemian homeland, while his unmatched ear for melody leaves you humming all the way home.

Sometimes intimate, sometimes muscular and heroic, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is the ultimate test for any cellist: a window into the mind of a composer totally at one with their music, able to express a world of emotion in a single gesture.

But first, ten minutes of wit and sparkle. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s only known orchestral work grows from a peaceful opening into a fleet-footed tune that effortlessly darts and dives across the orchestra, full of virtuosic strings and expressive woodwind.

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Bedford Corn Exchange
St Paul's Square Bedford MK40 1SL
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Starts: 20 May 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ends: at 9:30 PM

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

Nemanja Radulović, violin

 

AUDIENCE VOTE

KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto

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SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5

 

Take a musical journey with “the hottest conductor in Finland” (The Times), from the excitement of a piece chosen by you, our audience, to the ecstatic heights of Sibelius.

Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony would make it into many listeners’ top ten. It begins with a whisper from horns and timpani, which spreads through the woodwind section in a glorious evocation of sunrise. The second movement is a set of variations on a simple, wistful theme. Then comes the moment Sibelius fans have been waiting for – the magnificent ‘swan’ theme of the finale, with its jubilant horn chords and sweeping strings. Sibelius wrote it after witnessing the awe-inspiring sight of sixteen swans in flight: “One of the great experiences of my life! God, how beautiful,” he wrote in his diary.

Violinist Nemanja Radulović topped the classical charts with his recording of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon in 2018. He has all the virtuosity required for the folk-infused first movement, the soulfulness for the second movement’s melancholy song, and the flamboyance for the fiery finale.

To open the evening, we’re letting you take control: pick your favourite from a shortlist of works chosen by Santtu himself by visiting our voting page.

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Bedford Corn Exchange
St Paul's Square Bedford MK40 1SL
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