The Guest List: bringing The Philharmonia Orchestra to new audiences



The Guest List: bringing The Philharmonia Orchestra to new audiences


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We are delighted to have partnered with The Philharmonia Orchestra on their new initiative to reach a wider audience in Bedford, where it has been resident at The Corn Exchange since 1995. Our Youth Participation Producer Kayte Judge has become one of their Community Ambassadors running ‘The Guest List’ for the 2017/18 season. With the goal of reaching a more diverse audience, representative of the local community, The Guest List is a ballot system offering free and facilitated first experiences of The Philharmonia concerts.

The first concert of the season took place on 20 October 2017, and was the first run of The Guest List initiative. Kayte and guests were treated to a warm welcome from the Philharmonia team, priority access to their Virtual Orchestra experience and a live repertoire of classical music from famous composers like Aaron Copland and Eric Wolfgang Korngold. For everyone in the group, Kayte included, this was their first experience of a classical concert.

Roxanna Forth, a pupil at The Hills Academy, was the youngest to come along with us aged just 8, and wrote us the following review:

I went to The Philharmonia Orchestra concert with my mum and dad… It was like a wonderland and it made me feel so excited, happy and full of joy. My favourite part was the Virtual Reality because you could see how it happens and how they do it!!! …I do think people my age would like to go.  I think I could persuade other people by telling them all the exiting things that have happened, I would love to go again!”      

– Roxanna Forth – student at The Hills Academy

Mast Aladewolu, another Bedford resident also came along to experience the world of classical music:

“Wow I didn’t know what to expect, when I was invited along by Kayte and James, the Virtual Reality and Philharmonia Orchestra totally blow me away. I have never experienced anything like it, after the Virtual Reality tour it was great to see The Philharmonia Orchestra up close in reality, I will definitely come back and bring my family and friends.” 

– Mast Aladewolu from Mastroe charity

Image: Mast Aladewolu

If you would like to know more about The Guest List, or to put your name forward to be included in the ballot, please email

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