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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.

Concerts - 2017 to 2020

April 2017 will be our 150th anniversary. The choir's first concert was held in Bedford in April 1867

To view / download our (provisional) concert programme to 2020, please right click and 'save as' on the following link:

Provisional List of Concerts to 2020

Bedford Proms in the Park 2016
Saturday August 6th 2016

The Choral Society will sing at the 20th Bedford Proms in Bedford Park in 2016.

Bedford Proms August 6th 2016
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Guest soloists: Classical Brit Award-winning group Blake and Soprano Rebecca Newman with the London Gala Orchestra and Bedford Choral Society performing popular classics and film scores. The evening will conclude with a spectacular firework finale.

Tickets and further details from :
Bedford Park Concerts (

The 2015 - 2016 Concert Season

Bedford Choral Society
Proms in the Park
Saturday, August 6th 2016

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Tickets and further details from :
Bedford Park Concerts (

Our recent concert ...

Summer Contrasts from Estonia, Sweden and England
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  • 'Berliner Mass' - Arvo Pärt - 'Serenade' - Dag Wiren - 'Magnificat' - John Rutter
    Bedford Corn Exchange
    Saturday, June 18th 2016

Our spring concert ...

Bedford Corn Exchange, Saturday,
March 19th 2016 at 7.30pm

More about Handel's 'Messiah'
(and a review of our performance)

  • The November concert :
    November 21st 2015 at Bedford Corn Exchange

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No.2 (Lobgesang)
    Mendelssohn: Die erste Walpurgisnacht

    More about the Medelssohn concert

List of Concerts in 2016

  • March 19th 2016
    Handel: Messiah (complete)
  • June18th 2016
    Rutter: Magnificat + Arvo Pärt: Berliner Mass + Dag Wiren Serenade
  • Saturday, August 6th 2016
    Bedford Proms in the Park
  • November 19th 2016
    Mozart: C minor Mass + Regina Coeli + Kyrie in D minor

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