Bedford Choral Society - Current Season of Performances

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The 2017 - 2018 Concert Season

Saturday, November 25th 2017
Bedford Corn Exchange - 7.30pm
A Choral Masterpiece
Edward Elgar - The Kingdom

The final concert of the 150th Anniversary Season of Bedford Choral Society

  • Soloists:
    Rebecca Bottone (soprano)
    Jeanette Ager (mezzo soprano)
    Ben Thapa (tenor)
    Andrew Slater (baritone)

    Conductor Ian Smith

The Kingdom an oratorio composed by Edward Elgar in 1906, was first performed at the Birmingham Music Festival that year, conducted by the composer. It is the second part of an unfinished trilogy depicting the community of the early church, Pentecost, and the events that followed. The first part of the trilogy is The Apostles. Both works portray the apostles as ordinary men reacting to extraordinary events. The Kingdom is considered by some, including the late Sir Adrian Boult, to be a greater work than The Dream of Gerontius. It has previously been performed by the Society on only two occasions, so come and hear a rare performance of this marvellous work. We hope to see you there!


Saturday, December 16th 2017
Bedford Corn Exchange - 7.30pm (t.b.c.)
Christmas Carol Concert . Conductor: Ian Smith

Our biennial Carol Concert concludes the 150th Anniversary Year of Bedford Choral Society. We welcome again Bedford Town Band to perform with us. The concert will include carols old and new, with some audience participation and some involvement of children. Come and start Christmas with a rousing and entertaining evening! We hope to see you there!


Saturday, March 17th 2018
Bedford Corn Exchange 7.30pm
A European Journey Conductor Michael Rose

  • Soloists - Eve McGrath (soprano), Chris Williams (baritone)
  • Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
    Brahms - Song of Destiny
    Vaughan Williams - 'Toward the unknown region'
    Fauré - Requiem
This concert explores the different musical languages of three European countries. The majesty and grandeur of Brahms’ music is displayed in these two popular works. The Song of Destiny is considered one of Brahms’ best choral works, along with The German Requiem. In fact, Josef Sittard argues, "Had Brahms never written anything but this one work, it would alone have sufficed to rank him with the best masters.” In the Academic Festival Overture Brahms created a very boisterous potpourri of student drinking songs, so this work sparkles with some of the finest virtues of Brahms’ orchestral technique. Vaughan Williams frequently turned to the poetry of Walt Whitman for his libretti. This early work’s enduring success stems from its remarkable marriage of music and text and identified Vaughan Williams as a new and important voice in English music. Fauré’s ever-popular Requiem combines powerful musical statement with utmost delicacy of musical language. A concert of contrasts to appeal to all. We hope to see you there!


Saturday, June 9th 2018
Bedford Corn Exchange 7.30pm
Rossini’s Operatic Mass - 'Petite Messe Solennelle' Conductor: Ian Smith

  • Soloists:
    Tim Grant-Jones (piano)
    Roy Tipping (harmonium)
Rossini intended this mass for performance in a venue other than a church. Despite the title it is not ‘petite’ (lasting over an hour), but it is, by Rossini’s standards, solemn. A more operatic mass it is difficult to find. It is full of wonderful operatic-style melodies. The scoring is unusual, being for piano and harmonium alone. It was this scoring that Rossini preferred. This work is entertaining, memorable and perfect to enjoy on a summer evening. Come and hear this delightful work! We hope to see you there!

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