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

Bedford Proms in the Park - 2015

Our June 2015 concert...

'Njooni! Zimbe! Nyimbo za Afrika!' ('Come, sing the songs of Africa!') ... and ... an upbeat jazz setting of the Latin Mass ('Mass in Blue')

Saturday, June 20th 2015
Bedford Corn Exchange at 7.30pm

Bedford Choral Society - June 2015

And in August 2015 ...

Bedford Proms in the Park

Saturday, August 1st 2015
Bedford Park at 7.30pm

  • London Gala Orchestra with Bedford Choral Society
  • Conductor: Stephen Ellery.
  • Soloists: Charlotte Jaconelli, Emily Haig and Daniel Koek
  • Spectacular Firework Finale

Our March 2015 concert ...

Bach - St Matthew Passion
Saturday, March 21st 2015

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