join our choir: open event 23rd June



join our choir: open event 23rd June


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As part of  ‘Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things’, our summer commission with composer Johnny Parry, we’re inviting you to an open event on Saturday 23rd June.

Can you sing? Do you want to be part of something amazing? Join Bedford’s newest community choir, and get to learn and perform a new cycle of songs written about Bedford, by Bedford. Expect grand gestures of love and death expressed through an all-consuming spectacle.

Bedford based composer Johnny Parry has been commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts to write a new suite of songs, an ambitious ‘anthology of all things’ to be written and performed with your collaboration.

Pop in to the rehearsal venue, Rutland Road Church, for our Open Event, where you will get a taste of what joining the choir will be like, find out more about the project and have Johnny put your singing abilities to the test.

Saturday 23rd June 1.30-4pm
Rutland Road Church, Rutland Road, Bedford MK40 1DG

Choir members must be available to attend rehearsals every Tuesday evening from 10th July, a dress rehearsal on Saturday 22nd September, and the premier performance on 27th September.

Email or call 01234 818670 to register your interest in joining the choir.

Johnny has been working with the people of Bedfordshire to aggregate lyrics within the universal themes of Love, Death, Childhood and Religion. Throughout May and June Johnny is working with a variety of local groups, including the Kings Arms Project, MIND in Ampthill, and Bedford Creative Arts’ own creativity and wellbeing group. You can contribute ideas online too by visiting

Johnny is now entering the next stage of this ambitious project, bringing together a new community choir and orchestra who will rehearse and finally perform the songs at a premier performance at Bedford Corn Exchange.

For a taste of Johnny’s work check out his youtube channel:


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