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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:

Our next concert...

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

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

  • Alexander L'Estrange - 'Zimbe!'
  • Will Todd - 'Mass in Blue'
Further details

And, our most recent concert...

Bach - St Matthew Passion
Saturday, March 21st 2015
Bedford Corn Exchange at 7.30pm

  • Ben Thapa - Evangelist
  • Andrew Greenan - Christus
  • Bethany Seymour - soprano
  • Anna Huntley - alto
  • Simon Berridge - tenor
  • Neil Baker - bass

  • Ian Smith - conductor

  • with Bedford Sinfonia

  • Further details

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