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Dec 2019

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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Jan 2020

Starts: 26 Jan 2020 at 10:00 AM
Ends: at 11:00 AM
Please let us know if you are able to come along.

You don’t have to register in advance to attend a walk – just turn up on the day. Our events are always free, and we make them as accessible as possible.
You can bring friends, family (including children and/or pets) and colleagues to the walks. They may not necessarily have mental health issues themselves, but they are still welcome to attend.

FAQS ABOUT ATTENDING A WALK OR MEET-UP

DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU I’M ATTENDING?
If possible, let us know you’ll be attending, by emailing me ( email below) or by leaving a comment below. This means we have an idea of numbers, and the walk leader knows to hang around if you’re running late!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M RUNNING LATE?
Walk leaders tend to wait about 10 minutes after the meeting time listed. Any later than this, and they will have to start the walk so it finishes on time. However, most walks are circular routes, so you could wait for the group to arrive back at the starting point if you want to.
CAN I BRING PEOPLE WITH ME TO THE MEET-UP?
Yes, you can bring people with you – friends, family, and so on – and there are no age restrictions on our walks. Children and pets are welcome, though if you’re bringing a dog (as people sometimes do), please be aware some cafes at meeting points or on our routes may not be dog-friendly.
If you’re due to attend a walk and you have a phobia of dogs, or an allergy to dogs, do let your walk leader know, so they can advise everyone not to bring their pets.
I DON’T HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION MYSELF, BUT CAN I STILL ATTEND?
Absolutely. We realise mental illness doesn’t just affect individuals – it affects their friends, family, carers and colleagues, too. Your experience of helping someone with a mental health issue matters, as does your own mental well being.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A MHM WALK?
We normally start with a cup of tea or coffee and a brief chat, running through the few simple ground rules of Mental Health Mates. For example:

When you’re dealing with a mental health condition, leaving the house or travelling somewhere can sometimes be half the battle, so everyone should acknowledge that getting themselves to the walk is an achievement.

Talk as much or as little as you like – about mental health topics, or something completely different. Sometimes we’ll discuss the latest films or what we had for breakfast.

If you don’t feel like talking at all, that’s okay too.

This isn’t therapy; it’s simply a chance to meet like-minded people.

What’s discussed in the group is confidential.

If you need to leave early for any reason, you’re free to do so, but please tell the walk leader you’re going.

At the end of the walk, we like to take a group photo for our social media pages, but anyone who doesn’t want to be in the photo can opt out.

We then head off on our walk around the park or public space (weather-dependent!). Walks are suitable for all abilities, and tend to be circular routes that last about 45 minutes, possibly with a short break in the middle. You don’t need special footwear or equipment – these are accessible walks, usually in city parks, in the countryside or by the sea.

After the walk, you’re welcome to stay for another cuppa. During our occasional evening meet-ups, more common in summer, we might suggest having a post-walk drink in a pub (non-alcoholic if you want), but please let us know if this isn’t suitable for you.

I STRUGGLE WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY AND MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO REACH THE WALK ON THE DAY. IS THAT A PROBLEM?

Please don’t worry – we understand that conditions like social anxiety, and many other mental health issues, might affect your journey to the walk. If you need a little extra support, or just a clearer idea of how to get to the meeting point, please email your walk leader ahead of the event so they know in advance that you might need help on the day.

Of course, if you find you can’t get to the walk on the day, for whatever reason, don’t feel you’ve let us down. Life happens, things get in the way, and nobody will be offended. There is always next time.

 

email mentalhealthmatesbedford@outlook.com for more details or to confirm your attendance

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Bedford Park
Park Avenue Bedford
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Feb 2020

Starts: 09 Feb 2020 at 10:00 AM
Ends: at 11:00 AM
Please let us know if you are able to come along.

You don’t have to register in advance to attend a walk – just turn up on the day. Our events are always free, and we make them as accessible as possible.
You can bring friends, family (including children and/or pets) and colleagues to the walks. They may not necessarily have mental health issues themselves, but they are still welcome to attend.

FAQS ABOUT ATTENDING A WALK OR MEET-UP

DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU I’M ATTENDING?
If possible, let us know you’ll be attending, by emailing me ( email below) or by leaving a comment below. This means we have an idea of numbers, and the walk leader knows to hang around if you’re running late!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M RUNNING LATE?
Walk leaders tend to wait about 10 minutes after the meeting time listed. Any later than this, and they will have to start the walk so it finishes on time. However, most walks are circular routes, so you could wait for the group to arrive back at the starting point if you want to.
CAN I BRING PEOPLE WITH ME TO THE MEET-UP?
Yes, you can bring people with you – friends, family, and so on – and there are no age restrictions on our walks. Children and pets are welcome, though if you’re bringing a dog (as people sometimes do), please be aware some cafes at meeting points or on our routes may not be dog-friendly.
If you’re due to attend a walk and you have a phobia of dogs, or an allergy to dogs, do let your walk leader know, so they can advise everyone not to bring their pets.
I DON’T HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION MYSELF, BUT CAN I STILL ATTEND?
Absolutely. We realise mental illness doesn’t just affect individuals – it affects their friends, family, carers and colleagues, too. Your experience of helping someone with a mental health issue matters, as does your own mental well being.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A MHM WALK?
We normally start with a cup of tea or coffee and a brief chat, running through the few simple ground rules of Mental Health Mates. For example:

When you’re dealing with a mental health condition, leaving the house or travelling somewhere can sometimes be half the battle, so everyone should acknowledge that getting themselves to the walk is an achievement.

Talk as much or as little as you like – about mental health topics, or something completely different. Sometimes we’ll discuss the latest films or what we had for breakfast.

If you don’t feel like talking at all, that’s okay too.

This isn’t therapy; it’s simply a chance to meet like-minded people.

What’s discussed in the group is confidential.

If you need to leave early for any reason, you’re free to do so, but please tell the walk leader you’re going.

At the end of the walk, we like to take a group photo for our social media pages, but anyone who doesn’t want to be in the photo can opt out.

We then head off on our walk around the park or public space (weather-dependent!). Walks are suitable for all abilities, and tend to be circular routes that last about 45 minutes, possibly with a short break in the middle. You don’t need special footwear or equipment – these are accessible walks, usually in city parks, in the countryside or by the sea.

After the walk, you’re welcome to stay for another cuppa. During our occasional evening meet-ups, more common in summer, we might suggest having a post-walk drink in a pub (non-alcoholic if you want), but please let us know if this isn’t suitable for you.

I STRUGGLE WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY AND MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO REACH THE WALK ON THE DAY. IS THAT A PROBLEM?

Please don’t worry – we understand that conditions like social anxiety, and many other mental health issues, might affect your journey to the walk. If you need a little extra support, or just a clearer idea of how to get to the meeting point, please email your walk leader ahead of the event so they know in advance that you might need help on the day.

Of course, if you find you can’t get to the walk on the day, for whatever reason, don’t feel you’ve let us down. Life happens, things get in the way, and nobody will be offended. There is always next time.

 

email mentalhealthmatesbedford@outlook.com for more details or to confirm your attendance

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Bedford Pavilion
Bedford Park, Park Avenue Bedford MK41 7SS
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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

–interval–

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: 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: 23 Feb 2020 at 10:00 AM
Ends: at 11:00 AM
Please let us know if you are able to come along.

You don’t have to register in advance to attend a walk – just turn up on the day. Our events are always free, and we make them as accessible as possible.
You can bring friends, family (including children and/or pets) and colleagues to the walks. They may not necessarily have mental health issues themselves, but they are still welcome to attend.

FAQS ABOUT ATTENDING A WALK OR MEET-UP

DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU I’M ATTENDING?
If possible, let us know you’ll be attending, by emailing me ( email below) or by leaving a comment below. This means we have an idea of numbers, and the walk leader knows to hang around if you’re running late!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M RUNNING LATE?
Walk leaders tend to wait about 10 minutes after the meeting time listed. Any later than this, and they will have to start the walk so it finishes on time. However, most walks are circular routes, so you could wait for the group to arrive back at the starting point if you want to.
CAN I BRING PEOPLE WITH ME TO THE MEET-UP?
Yes, you can bring people with you – friends, family, and so on – and there are no age restrictions on our walks. Children and pets are welcome, though if you’re bringing a dog (as people sometimes do), please be aware some cafes at meeting points or on our routes may not be dog-friendly.
If you’re due to attend a walk and you have a phobia of dogs, or an allergy to dogs, do let your walk leader know, so they can advise everyone not to bring their pets.
I DON’T HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION MYSELF, BUT CAN I STILL ATTEND?
Absolutely. We realise mental illness doesn’t just affect individuals – it affects their friends, family, carers and colleagues, too. Your experience of helping someone with a mental health issue matters, as does your own mental well being.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A MHM WALK?
We normally start with a cup of tea or coffee and a brief chat, running through the few simple ground rules of Mental Health Mates. For example:

When you’re dealing with a mental health condition, leaving the house or travelling somewhere can sometimes be half the battle, so everyone should acknowledge that getting themselves to the walk is an achievement.

Talk as much or as little as you like – about mental health topics, or something completely different. Sometimes we’ll discuss the latest films or what we had for breakfast.

If you don’t feel like talking at all, that’s okay too.

This isn’t therapy; it’s simply a chance to meet like-minded people.

What’s discussed in the group is confidential.

If you need to leave early for any reason, you’re free to do so, but please tell the walk leader you’re going.

At the end of the walk, we like to take a group photo for our social media pages, but anyone who doesn’t want to be in the photo can opt out.

We then head off on our walk around the park or public space (weather-dependent!). Walks are suitable for all abilities, and tend to be circular routes that last about 45 minutes, possibly with a short break in the middle. You don’t need special footwear or equipment – these are accessible walks, usually in city parks, in the countryside or by the sea.

After the walk, you’re welcome to stay for another cuppa. During our occasional evening meet-ups, more common in summer, we might suggest having a post-walk drink in a pub (non-alcoholic if you want), but please let us know if this isn’t suitable for you.

I STRUGGLE WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY AND MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO REACH THE WALK ON THE DAY. IS THAT A PROBLEM?

Please don’t worry – we understand that conditions like social anxiety, and many other mental health issues, might affect your journey to the walk. If you need a little extra support, or just a clearer idea of how to get to the meeting point, please email your walk leader ahead of the event so they know in advance that you might need help on the day.

Of course, if you find you can’t get to the walk on the day, for whatever reason, don’t feel you’ve let us down. Life happens, things get in the way, and nobody will be offended. There is always next time.

 

email mentalhealthmatesbedford@outlook.com for more details or to confirm your attendance

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Bedford Pavilion
Bedford Park, Park Avenue Bedford MK41 7SS
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Mar 2020

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

–interval–

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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May 2020

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

–interval–

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: 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: 20 May 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ends: at 9:30 PM

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

Nemanja Radulović, violin

 

AUDIENCE VOTE

KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto

–interval–

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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