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Area: Bedfordshire

The Category Bedford is a subset of Bedfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Bedford which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bedford Gallery Quire

- Bedford Park Concerts

- Bedford Pipe Band

 

Category Bedford
! Bedford KEY
VISITS (to Website)87
VIEWS (of this Record)111

The Category Biggleswade is a subset of Bedfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Biggleswade which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Biggleswade & District Choral Society

- Locrian Chamber Choir

- Peregrine Recorder Orchestra

- Shannon Express

 

Category Biggleswade
! Biggleswade KEY
VISITS (to Website)111
VIEWS (of this Record)110

The Category Dunstable is a subset of Bedfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Dunstable which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Dunstable Town Band

- Grove Theatre

 

Category Dunstable
! Dunstable KEY
VISITS (to Website)44
VIEWS (of this Record)63

The Category Leighton Buzzard is a subset of Bedfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Leighton Buzzard which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category Leighton Buzzard
! Leighton Buzzard KEY
VISITS (to Website)42
VIEWS (of this Record)46

The Category Luton is a subset of Bedfordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Luton which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Caritas Harmony

- Luton Symphony Orchestra

- Sinfonia Verdi

 

Category Luton
! Luton KEY
VISITS (to Website)68
VIEWS (of this Record)63

Six chamber music recitals, October to April, at different venues within Bedford.

 

* Bedford Music Club
VISITS (to Website)254
VIEWS (of this Record)420

'We are known as Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club, dropping the word Society but introducing the word Keyboard in order to keep it more up to date. We find there is still a good following of people who like to listen to electronic organ and keyboard music but not so many taking up playing. So our format has had to change with the times ...'

 

* Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)248
VIEWS (of this Record)936

‘Entertainment features strongly at the event with displays from local community groups in the arts and sporting worlds, to a multitude of professional acts performing on stages right across the site. The Bedford River Festival is free to the public and offers numerous opportunities to participate in, or just to relax and enjoy a vast array of activities and entertainment.’ Held (every other year) Mid July. (You should be able to reference also details of Bedford Council’s Music in the Meadows Bandstand Concerts, held Sunday afternoons late July and August.)

 

* Bedford River Festival
VISITS (to Website)188
Also indexedMusic in the Meadows Bandstand Concerts
VIEWS (of this Record)244

‘Founded in 1921 and provides a showcase for the wealth of talent in the amateur performing arts in Bedfordshire and the surrounding area. The Festival offers a wide range of classes for all ages covering most musical genres including Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Asian music, as well as many varied Speech and Drama classes including Verse Speaking, Acting, Mime and Improvisation. It features categories for school groups, Special School groups, orchestras, wind bands, junior and senior choirs and group creative performance ... The Festival takes place ... during the first week of March each year.‘

 

* Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama
VISITS (to Website)305
VIEWS (of this Record)276

'Founded in 1999 to support the development of youth music opportunities in the County. In 2011 the Trust took over running the Youth Music Courses, which were formerly run by the Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, and these successful courses are now expanding. We run holiday courses for students who already play an instrument or sing but who are looking to take part in high quality ensembles or groups. Our current groups include orchestras, wind and concert bands, string groups, chamber groups, a choir and a Youth Opera production. And we have plans to expand provision over the next few years.'

 

* Bedfordshire Music Trust
VISITS (to Website)255
VIEWS (of this Record)494

'Visits to churches and organs in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area and further afield, with the opportunity to play and hear the organs and meet other members; Celebrity organ recitals and lectures; Recitals by our members and guests from other organist associations; Meetings with discussions on subjects of interest to organists and enthusiasts; An annual outing, visiting major organs in Cathedrals, Major City Centre Parish Churches, City Halls etc where members can play or listen to the instrument; Visits to the workshops of organ builders'

 

* Beds & Herts Organists' Association
VISITS (to Website)234
VIEWS (of this Record)613

‘Based in the small Bedfordshire village of Dunton, Biggleswade, Dunton Folk organises a series of folk music concerts and traditional sessions throughout the year. In addition we also organise the annual Wassail in an orchard in the centre of Dunton.  The folk music concerts take place in the superb setting of St Mary Magdalene Church ... The acoustics of the church lend themselves to live music and a superb atmosphere is generated when live music is performed. A full bar is provided at all of our concerts.’

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Dunton Folk
VISITS (to Website)31
VIEWS (of this Record)81

‘The music service and hub for Central Bedfordshire providing opportunities for young people in schools and music centres across the County.’

 

* Inspiring Music [Central Bedfordshire]
VISITS (to Website)265
VIEWS (of this Record)618

'We have been presenting top-class professional concerts of (mostly) classical music since 1946, and we are still the only organisation in Central Bedfordshire which does this on a regular basis ...'

 

* Leighton Buzzard Music
VISITS (to Website)251
VIEWS (of this Record)379

‘The aim of the Arts Forum is to promote and increase participation in arts activities by local people and to enhance the image of the area through the arts. The Forum supports existing arts organisations and encourages local people to be more aware of the opportunities to participate in arts related activities. The Forum distributes annual grants on behalf of Leighton–Linslade Town Council to arts groups in the town ... The Forum also prepares leaflets of members’ events, and maintains an on-line diary of arts events planned for Leighton Buzzard and the surrpounding areas of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.’

 

* Leighton-Linslade Arts Forum
VISITS (to Website)67
VIEWS (of this Record)130

'Music on Mondays is a series of diverse concerts from October to March. The accessible programming ranges from Bach to Britten, Dowland to Duke Ellington and Rameau to Rautavaara.'

 

* Luton Music
VISITS (to Website)209
Also indexedMusic on Mondays
VIEWS (of this Record)337

'The Mix is Luton’s music education hub – schools and music organisations working together to provide the best possible music-making opportunities for young people in Luton.'

 

* Luton Music Mix
VISITS (to Website)250
Also indexedLuton Music Service
VIEWS (of this Record)331

'Music for Bedford Borough is the lead organisation for Bedford Music Hub providing and supporting musical experiences for children and young people.'

 

* Music for Bedford Borough
VISITS (to Website)189
Also indexedBedford Music Education Hub
VIEWS (of this Record)451

‘Come along and bring your ukulele, if you have one, or just listen. I would be very surprised if you could get through our Friday evening session without singing. It's very infectious and you'll be made to feel very welcome. If you don't want to play ukulele but love singing we are always looking for people to join the SUGS choir, who are very much part of the overall group sound.‘

 

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Sandy Ukulele Club
VISITS (to Website)158
VIEWS (of this Record)297

Providing concerts since 1978: 'We provide 7 concerts each year plus the Young Musician competition. Although we call ourselves the Toddington Music Society (and you can get cheaper admission to concerts by being a member) you can come along at any time and hear wonderful music at reasonable prices. Come along and enjoy!'

 

* Toddington Music Society
VISITS (to Website)230
VIEWS (of this Record)377

‘A fun ukulele gathering for those wishing to play and where beginners & improvers are made very welcome. If you don't have your own instrument we will have spare ukuleles for you to use. if you have your own, bring it along for a strum and share your knowledge ... Remember you don't have to pay a fortune for a ukulele, an entry level instrument can be purchased for about £25.00 upwards from good music shops ... The Ukie-TooNes Ukulele gathering now has over 100 members. These are all amateur musicians who literally play for the fun of it and in the process raise money for very worthwhile charities. Every penny raised goes directly to charity.‘

 

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Ukie-TooNes
VISITS (to Website)255
VIEWS (of this Record)765

‘As an open group, we welcome anyone to join - from complete beginner to experienced player. We don't “teach” ukulele, but you will find that playing regularly with a group will bring your playing on much quicker than you expect ... If you are looking for a musical group to play at your fete, garden party or village hall, please get in touch - we do “play out”. For some reason, beer festivals seem a particular favourite amoung our members! In general we only do so fairly locally to North Beds, but may go further afield if the gig appeals to the members - just ask. If we can’t help. we may be able to recommend another ukulele group.’

 

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Ukulele Bedford
VISITS (to Website)219
VIEWS (of this Record)265

‘We are a small Concert Orchestra, based in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. We started out in 2005 and have enjoyed playing a number of concerts in the local area, including the hugely successful Ampthill Proms in the Park ... One of the huge advantages of Ampthill Concert Orchestra, is that we are a group of local musicians, coming together on weekends to make music for our local community. We're not trying to make a profit. We just want to play good music and share it with the community. We love our music, and we hope you will too! We've performed numerous concerts now and are starting to build up a regular audience.’

 

+ Ampthill Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)36
VIEWS (of this Record)46

‘Founded in 1988 ... A group of quality entertainment bands with musicians who enjoy playing. We do not enter competitions but will play a variety of concerts.’

 

+ Bedford Brass
VISITS (to Website)192
VIEWS (of this Record)312

‘Formed in 1867, the Bedford Choral Society is one of the oldest established choral societies in the United Kingdom ... 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 ... 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.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Bedford Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)261
VIEWS (of this Record)372

'We have three bands within the band family - Town Band, Concert Brass and Progress Brass accommodating players of all abilities and in addition, we have a ten piece group, Decibels ... Do you or your children wish to learn a brass instrument? We run a Brass Academy - a tuition scheme where complete beginners can take up this life time hobby.'

 

+ Bedford Town Band
VISITS (to Website)198
VIEWS (of this Record)416

Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra ‘The BSO ... is a larger group of 80-90 local players of all ages, including talented young musicians. Its programme is diverse and includes major symphonies and concertos’ ... The Bedford Sinfonia  ‘The widely acclaimed performing standard of this orchestra is the result of the talent and enthusiasm of its members and the skilled direction of its founder, Michael Rose. Membership is by invitation. It specialises in programming chamber orchestra works, wind ensemble and string orchestra items and a healthy selection of 20th century pieces.’

 

+ Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)189
Also indexedBedfordshire Orchestral Society | Bedford Sinfonia
VIEWS (of this Record)810

‘Formed in January 2010, and welcomes members from the local community and beyond. The only qualifications required to join our ranks are a love of music and an enjoyment of singing! Our extensive repertoire includes traditional songs, medleys from well known musicals, classical anthems, and even the occasional pop song! We have performed at a number of local events and music festivals, and host our own concerts.’

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Dagnall Community Choir
VISITS (to Website)173
VIEWS (of this Record)290

‘We’re a friendly group who welcome people over the age of 16 to join us. We usually rehearse twice a week and put on one major show a year ... plus smaller shows and concerts at various other venues ... You must be a member of the Dunstable Musical Theatre Company to perform in shows. There is an annual membership fee, you can then audition and if accepted join the company and audition for shows and concerts ... We are always looking for new people to get involved. It doesn’t have to be on-stage as there are a multitude of jobs to be done back-stage too.’

 

 

+ Dunstable Musical Theatre Company
VISITS (to Website)105
VIEWS (of this Record)184

'Community wind band for all ages. We rehearse once a week during school term times, with three concerts a year in different locations. It seeks to provide players, particularly younger musicians, the chance to play together as a group and therefore to progress in their ability to play music alongside more experienced players (young and old) ... The band plays all types of music ... The challenge for the players is to learn new tunes from all genres for each concert, so you will always have a reason to practice.'

 

+ East Beds Concert Band
VISITS (to Website)198
VIEWS (of this Record)379

‘Established in April 2009 and based in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire ... Open to singers of all ages who want to sing a mix of music for pleasure as well as learning some technique along the way. There is no audition and everyone's voice is welcome, no matter how rusty or polished! The rehearsals are best described as a combination of fun and laughter as well as focused learning and thoughtful singing. Everyone is valued and worrying is not allowed! ... The choir aims to put on at least one major public performance each year (which involves all members of the choir) and also attends a number of other local functions (often with smaller groups of singers).‘

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Grand Union Community Choir
VISITS (to Website)133
VIEWS (of this Record)251

‘Established 1933, Heath Band is a friendly amateur music group from Heath & Reach, Bedfordshire. The band is thriving and is particularly busy with 2 concerts a year, numerous summer bandstand and fete jobs, plus a packed Christmas calendar. The band thrives on entertaining with a varied programme, including a mixture of modern and traditional pieces.’

 

+ Heath Band
VISITS (to Website)192
VIEWS (of this Record)262

‘Formed in 1951, the year of the Festival of Britain ... We normally perform two concerts each year in Leighton Buzzard, usually in May and November/December and a carol concert at Christmas. We also perform at Summer fetes, dinners and weddings.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers
VISITS (to Website)193
VIEWS (of this Record)482

'Established in the summer of 2008, we are a concert band - a wind orchestra - consisting of woodwind brass and percussion. The Band has members from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We welcome brass players, woodwind players and percussionists ...'

 

+ Leighton-Linslade Concert Band
VISITS (to Website)222
VIEWS (of this Record)364

'Choir of around 30 voices. Specialising in singing unaccompanied choral music the Choir also performs works that are accompanied by piano/organ or a chamber orchestra. This established choir enjoys a reputation for high quality choral singing in the Leighton Buzzard and Linslade area of Bedfordshire, but their reputation also spreads far beyond this area as they have spent many successful weekends singing in British cathedrals and other churches ... The name, Linsdale Singers, came about after a misspelling in the programme of the choir’s first public performance in the Methodist Chapel, Wingrave, in October 1978!'

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Linsdale Singers
VISITS (to Website)241
VIEWS (of this Record)444

‘Started from an idea in 1866, was eventually founded in 1870, giving its first performance in 1871 ... Today, the Society has over 60 members, mostly drawn from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, performing works from both the traditional repertoire and also from more contemporary composers ... Usually, we perform 3 concerts and a carol concert per season.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Luton Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)208
VIEWS (of this Record)284

Founded in 1962: ‘The repertoire is very varied, including selections from some of the all-time great musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan, film music and so on. The players come from a variety of backgrounds and we are particularly keen on encouraging young people, many of whom have been very talented and have gone on to higher musical training. We do two concerts a year – one usually at the start of May and the other at the start of October. Over the last few years we have added a pre-Christmas charity concert ...’

 

Category Light Orchestras
+ Luton Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)177
VIEWS (of this Record)410

'Founded in 1972 by Bob Gilman, a prominent musician who lived in Pulloxhill. The choir was created as a mixed voice choir and numbered about twenty five singers from Pulloxhill and surrounding villages ... The current Pulloxhill Singers consists of up to twenty five singers, who between them sing Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. The various parts are remarkably balanced, which gives a lovely tone to our easy listening music. We sing a range of musical arrangements, from contemporary to traditional and some religious pieces.'

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Pulloxhill Singers
VISITS (to Website)184
VIEWS (of this Record)501

Founded 2006: ‘Comprises a friendly choir of approximately 50 singers aged between 11 and 86 (young people from Year 7 upwards are welcome) ... Members come from Stewkley and outlying towns and villages, including Wing, Whitchurch, Cublington, Soulbury, the Brickhills, Adstock, Woburn Sands, Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury ...  We are a non-auditioning choir although previous singing experience is extremely welcome and the ability to read music is a great help ... We pride ourselves in maintaining a low subscription fee ... which presents excellent value for money and is put towards the running of the choir, hire and purchase of music and staging our performances’. 

Category Community Choirs
+ Stewkley Singers
VISITS (to Website)114
VIEWS (of this Record)265

‘We currently have more than thirty five active players of all ages and standards. Our extensive library of over 400 pieces of music provides means we are able to play a wide range of music of differing genres which offers enjoyment and challenges for the beginner and experienced musician alike. Although the band has won many prizes and competitions over the years, it no longer contests but remains very active with many public performances such as formal concerts, bandstands, fetes and garden parties throughout the year. As well as the full brass band, we often perform as a smaller ensemble suitable for the occasions when 30 or more players are just too many!’

 

+ Toddington Town Band
VISITS (to Website)183
VIEWS (of this Record)457

‘A true Community Choir, open to all ages and levels of ability whether living in Wing or any of the surrounding towns or villages. Founded in January 2015, The Wing Singers provides a wonderful opportunity to find your voice and learn a variety of classical and contemporary songs in a friendly and fun environment. No singing experience required! There are no auditions and there is no need to be able to read music. The choir learns songs in unison as well as two, three and four part harmony. Teaching tracks are posted on the website for members to use to help with their singing practice at home. Regular workshops help develop members’ musicianship skills, vocal technique and confidence.’

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Wing Singers
VISITS (to Website)199
VIEWS (of this Record)386

Traditional Band Concerts in Grove House Gardens - Summer Sunday afternoons.

 

@ Grove House Gardens Dunstable
VISITS (to Website)242
VIEWS (of this Record)1224

'St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment. Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions'

 

Category Greater Churches
@ St Paul Bedford
VISITS (to Website)43
VIEWS (of this Record)66

‘Classical music performance taking place in the stunning Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum's unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park’.

 

@ Wardown House, Museum and Gallery
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)317

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