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.

Upcoming Events

Starts: 06 Mar 2020 at 8:00 PM
Ends: at 11:00 PM
The welcome return of The Darling Mundaring to Esquires stage 2.
Since their birth in early 2011 The Darling Mundaring have gathered a wide respect for their encapsulating music that draws the listener into an unforgettable and intense experience. Quickly shooting to local fame with their live band who compliment an intimate performances.Now performing nationwide, the musical backdrop is provided by a unique folk style with guitar, banjo, mandolin and cajon. Over this, vocalist Crystal draws the audience in with encapsulating melodies and mesmerizing songs that tell stories about love, loss, life and redemption.The Darling Mundaring appeal to all, whether a folk roots Dylan fan or those who prefer the modern chimes of Laura Marling, they will not disappoint.

The band will be playing songs from the new album entitled ‘Atlas’ was released in December 2019.

Plus support: Jonny Mudd / Fergus Shipman

Music Genres:

Country/Americana, Folk, Pop, Rock

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Bedford Esquires
60a Bromham Road Bedford MK40 2QG
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Starts: 07 Mar 2020 at 10:30 AM
Ends: at 1:00 PM
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Tickets

£5

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Instrumentation

The instrumentation for In C is free, so you can choose what instrument to play, please indicate when booking.

Percussion and keyboard instruments will be provided.

 

Travel
Elstow Abbey is situated 2 miles from Bedford town centre.
Free parking is available within a short walk of the abbey.

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Elstow Abbey
Church End Elstow MK42 9XT
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Starts: 07 Mar 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ends: at 9:15 PM
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Tickets

£6 – 12

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Travel
Elstow Abbey is situated 2 miles from Bedford town centre.
Free parking is available within a short walk of the abbey.

Bar
A licensed bar will be operated by friends of Elstow Abbey.
Bar profits to the building of Hillersden Hall.

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Elstow Abbey
Church End Elstow MK42 9XT
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Starts: 14 Mar 2020 at 7:00 PM
Ends: at 8:00 PM
A Romanian Pilgrim’s Progress Cantata

Saturday, 14 March 2020 | 7.00 pm

A life journey with John Bunyan… a musical journey…

What better place to listen to this unique vocal-symphonic piece than Bunyan Meeting? This was the very place where John Bunyan himself was a pastor and preacher, between 1671 and 1688.

The Pilgrim’s Progress Cantata will be performed by The Evanghelic Choir and Orchestra joined with Emanuel University Chamber Choir, as part of a UK tour all the way from Romania.

Written by Emanuel Balaceanu in 2003 for narrator, soloists, choir and orchestra, the ‘Pilgrim’s Progress Cantata’, was first performed in the historical Lutheran Church of Bucharest. It is inspired by John Bunyan’s famous allegory, many of its themes coming from the Romanian Evangelical hymnology. In 2018 the cantata has been orchestrally revised, while most of the narrative sections got an orchestral accompaniment.

Tickets: £8.00 (cons. £5). Use the link below to purchase tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-romanian-pilgrims-progress-cantata-tickets-91367188721

For more information visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimsProgressCantata

 

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Bunyan Meeting
Mill Street Bedford MK40 3EU
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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: 28 Mar 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ends: at 10:00 PM
Woburn Church
Park Street, Woburn Milton Keynes MK17 9PG
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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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Starts: 06 Jun 2020 at 2:45 PM
Ends: at 10:30 PM

MARSHALL LIVE 2020

SATURDAY 6 JUNE | MARSHALL ARENA MK

THE ULTIMATE ALL DAYER

Marshall Live is returning for 2020. Taking over the Marshall Arena for a second year, the ultimate celebration of guitar music takes place on 6th June with Deaf Havana headlining.

The line up so far:
Deaf Havana
Dinosaur Pile-Up
Dream Wife
Press to MECO
+ more to be announced

Also don’t miss the Discovery Stage, set to feature the finest unsigned bands and a bunch of special guests playing throughout the day. On top of this Marshall will be hosting pick up and play areas and jam sessions to let you get hands on with iconic amps, exclusive merch and everything else Marshall.

Tickets are £30 for adults or £20 for under 18’s including all fees.

Visit marshall.com/live for tickets

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Marshall Arena
Stadium Way West Milton Keynes MK1 1ST
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