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Formed in 1867, the Bedford Choral Society is one of the oldest established choral societies in the United Kingdom.

A thriving local choir, the Bedford Choral Society performs three or four times each year - usually in Bedford's historic Corn Exchange. We have approximately 130 full-time members - with singers from other local choirs joining us on occasions for particular concerts. Our Director Music is Ian Smith with Principal Guest Conductor is Michael Rose and Accompanist Tim Grant-Jones.

We regularly perform classical choral works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and we have also commissioned a number of works in recent years. We perform with local orchestras such as the Bedford Sinfonia , the Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra, the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra .

For the past ten years, the Bedford Choral Society has provided the choir at Bedford's "Proms in the Park" and every other year we give a Family Concert of Christmas Music and Carols with Bedford Town Band.

We rehearse on Monday evenings and welcome new singers. If you would like to sing with us, or would like to support us by becoming a 'Friend of the Society', details are given in the contacts section of this web site.

For any enquiries concerning Bedford Choral Society, please use this e-mail link:

Bedford Choral Society enquiries:

Registered Charity No. 291518

If you are interested in joining the choir please contact us via the enquiries e-mail link above - or go to the Society's Contact and Joining webpages.

Sopranos and tenors are particularly needed for the choir. Also, some additional basses.

To download our concert programme to 2014 and performance dates to 2017, please right click and 'save as' on the following link:

Concerts to 2014 and performance dates 2015 - 2017

Bedford Choral Society - Corn Exchange Rehearsal

BCS concerts 2013 - 2014

  • Saturday, 16th November 2013
    Bedford Corn Exchange - 7.30pm

  • Britten - St. Nicolas and Rejoice in the Lamb
  • Pärt - Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, Simple Symphony
    Bedford Sinfonia
    Soloist: Peter Hoare with Bedford School Chapel Choir
    Conductor: Michael Rose

    Further details
  • Saturday, 7th December 2013
    Bedford Corn Exchange at 7.00pm

  • Advent Carol Concert
    Bedford Town Band
    Conductor: Ian Smith
  • Further details
  • Saturday, January 25th 2014
    Bedford Corn Exchange at 7.30pm

  • Beethoven - 9th Symphony
    Bedford Orchestral Society
    Conductor: Michael Rose
  • Further details
  • Saturday, March 22nd 2014
    Bedford Corn Exchange at 7.30pm

  • Brahms - Requiem & Tragic Overture
  • Mahler - Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen
  • Soloists: Rebecca Goulden (soprano) and Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
  • Conductor: Ian Smith
  • Further details
  • June 14th 2014 Opera Gala Evening
  • November 22nd 2014 Elgar - Music Makers and Coronation Ode , Delius - Sea Drift, Holst - Somerset Rhapsody ( all 3 composers d.1934 )

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