Bedford Choral Society

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 inquiries concerning Bedford Choral Society, please use this e-mail link:

Bedford Choral Society inquiries:

Registered Charity No. 291518

Performances earlier this year …
  • Saturday, March 24th 2007
    Bach – B Minor Mass 

    (at St. Paul’s Church, Bedford)
  • Saturday, June 9th 2007
    Monteverdi – Vespers of 1610 

    (at St. Paul’s Church, Bedford)

Saturday, October 13th 2007
Haydn ‘The Creation’ – Bring-and-Sing Event

  • 2.30 pm – Singers’ rehearsal
  • 7 pm – Pre concert talk Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3
  • 7.30 pm – ‘The Creation’ (Ian Smith, conductor)

Singers and audience tickets £7 (£5 concessions) St Andrew’s Church Centre Office, Kimbolton Road, Bedford. Telephone: 01234 216881

Saturday, November 17th 2007
Bedford Corn Exchange – 7.30pm

  • Elgar – Overture ‘Froissart’
  • Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man
  • John Ireland – ‘These Things Shall Be’

Karl Kenkins (L) and John Ireland(R)

Saturday, December 15th 2007
Bedford Corn Exchange – 7.00pm

A Family Concert of Christmas Music

  • Bedford Choral Society
  • Bedford Town Band
  • Concord Singers

Details available later

For concert tickets (November and December concerts), please call the
Bedford Box Office