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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.

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To view/download an A4 poster for our concert, please right click and 'save as' on the follwing link:

>> Family Carol Concert - December 2015 <<

To view / download our (provisional) concert programme to 2018, please right click and 'save as' on the following link:

  • Provisional List of Concerts to 2018

  • The programme for the our 150-year celebratory concert in April 2017 will be finalised soon and details will be posted on this website whhen they are available

The 2015 - 2016 Concert Season

Our Next Concert ...

  • Saturday, December 12th 2015
    Bedford Corn Exchange at 7.00pm


  • Bedford Town Band with East Bedfordshire Youth Choir
  • Conductor: Ian Smith
  • Piano: Tim Grant-Jones

  • For tickets:

    Telephone: 01234 718112
    Prices: Balcony & Tier £10, Front Stalls £7, Under 16's Free

    Please note the earlier start time.

    Concert poster --- >>>

  • Our recent concert :
    November 21st 2015 at Bedford Corn Exchange

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

  • Soprano: Elizabeth Powell
    Mezzo: Anna Burford
    Tenor: Ben Thapa
    Bass: Quentin Hayes

    Conductor: Ian Smith
    Orchestra: Bedford Sinfonia

    More about the Medelssohn concert

  • November 9th 2016
    Mozart: C minor Mass + Regina Coeli + Kyrie in D minor

Our Concerts from the
2014 - 2015 Season

  • June 2015

    Alexander L'Estrange 'Njooni! Zimbe! Nyimbo za Afrika!' ('Come, sing the songs of Africa!') and Will Todd 'Mass in Blue'
    More ...

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