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Postponement and cancellations due to COVID-19

We are delighted to start welcoming back performers and theatre-goers to Bedford Corn Exchange.


If you hold tickets to an event which is postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, your tickets will be valid for the new date. We will refund your ticket if you are unable to attend the rescheduled date and refunds will be given for any shows that are cancelled.


Our staff will be in contact with all affected customers. Please bear with us during this time as we have a large number of customers to contact.

Philharmonia Orchestra: The New World Symphony

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  • Fri 18 Feb7:30pmBook

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A chance to hear Dvořák’s best-loved symphony as the Philharmonia returns to Bedford for its first performance of 2022, with conductor Eun Sun Kim and British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.


The programme opens with the most lyrical piece Wagner ever wrote. Composed for his wife’s birthday, he first performed it for her on the steps of their villa with a small ensemble on a cold Christmas morning. With tender melodies and small secret moments inspired by their family, it stands as a deeply personal work.


By contrast, Liszt’s First Piano Concerto is bold, thrilling and almost symphonic in scale. Its virtuosity serves as the perfect showpiece for the talent of Benjamin Grosvenor, spanning the full expressive range of the instrument in the space of just 20 minutes. Grosvenor makes his first appearance with the Philharmonia since taking centre stage at their 2020 BBC Proms performance – “Grosvenor brought to the party exactly the right sort of steely-toned power”, The Times.


After the interval we venture across the Atlantic for that timeless masterpiece, Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Blending his trademark Czech style with the Native American music and African-American spirituals Dvořák came to love and admire during his time in the United States, the symphony packs drama, excitement and hope into one unforgettable work. From the quietly optimistic melody of the Largo to the blazing finale, it’s easy to see why this symphony remains popular across the world.

Main Auditorium, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL
Main Auditorium
Full Flat Seating
Ticket Prices
Show Date & Time
Fri 18th Feb7:30pm
Opening Times
Bar & Box Office6:30 pm
Doors6:30 pm
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  • Fri 18 Feb7:30pmBook

Telephone bookings please call01234 718044

Terms & Conditions

Transaction Fee
All online bookings are subject to a £3.15 transaction fee. All bookings over £8.00 made in person or via telephone are subject to a £2.12 transaction fee. This fee is applicable per booking, not per ticket. VAT is included in the price of all tickets purchased on our website or via the Box Office.

In common with general theatre practice, we regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase, except where a show is cancelled. We can accept your tickets for resale, but the venue’s unsold tickets will take priority. A charge of £1.00 will be made if tickets are sold on your behalf.

Tickets can be reserved for a period of 7 days. No unpaid reservations can be accepted in the 4 days prior to a performance.

To avoid disturbing the audience and performers, latecomers to some shows may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.