The Philharmonia Guest List comes to Bedford Corn Exchange

04/05/2018

 

The Philharmonia Guest List comes to Bedford Corn Exchange

04/05/2018

Share To:

Back to news

Article

Last October, young people were treated to a concert by The Philharmonia Orchestra at The Corn Exchange in Bedford.

Bedford Creative Arts and The Philharmonia Orchestra partnered to reach a wider audience in the town, enabling many young people to experience a live musical performance.

Kayte Judge, who leads The Culture Challenge and has become a Community Ambassador for The Philharmonia Orchestra ran ‘The Guest List’ for the 2017/18 season, with the aim of reaching a more diverse audience, representative of our local community. It is inspiring for people who have never experienced live classical music to enjoy this wonderful performance in the heart of Bedford for free. Kayte was pleased that everyone included in the ticket ballot experienced a classical concert for the first time.

The youngest audience member back in October of last year was 8 year old Roxanna Forth, a pupil at The Hills Academy, who attended with her parents. The experience clearly made an impression on her, likening the performance to a ‘wonderland’. “It made me feel so excited, happy and full of joy” she explained in her review of the evening. “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 exciting things that have happened, I would love to go again!”

The Philharmonia symphony orchestra perform concerts in Bedford between October and May. “We want to reach a more diverse audience and inspire them to come and enjoy great live music with us, so we are offering free tickets to local people.” Like young Roxana, it is clear to see that experiencing live, classical music can be a formative experience, and for The Philharmonia, The Guest List initiative has enabled them to play to a diverse range of people who may otherwise not have considered experiencing classical music.

Emily McGroaty from the Philharmonia explains why partnerships like this with Bedford Creative Arts are so valuable: “I got involved with The Guest List because it’s a great freeticket scheme that allows us to welcome new audiences to our season of concerts at Bedford Corn Exchange. We wanted to reach a more diverse audience and inspire them to come and enjoy great live music with us, so we offered 75 free tickets to local people via Kayte Judge, our dedicated community ambassador. Working with Bedford Creative Arts has been invaluable as it’s opened the way for us to meet and engage with a more diverse audience .We hope to see some of you again next season at Bedford Corn Exchange!”

The Philharmonia Orchestra have a residency in Bedford Borough due to the generous support of local charity The Harpur Trust.

Latest News

Press Release: BCA Receives Over £100,000 For Airship Dreams

6 Apr 2020

Local contemporary arts charity, Bedford Creative Arts (BCA), has received significant funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, as well as Arts Council England and Bedford-based charity, Harpur Trust for a new project: Airship Dreams.  The project is the result of three years of investigation and research into Bedford’s history with the airship and Cardington Sheds, working closely with award-winning artist Mike Stubbs, who grew up in

Community Surgeries: Can We Help?

3 Apr 2020

The current Covid-19 crisis has left a lot of arts organisations and freelance creative practitioners concerned about the future.  Whilst there have been announcements from central government and grant funders about support, it can be hard to navigate that field if you’re not familiar with it. We are offering weekly slots to practitioners in the

Artists Appointed for Take Part Queen’s Park

24 Feb 2020

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three exciting artists for our new project Take Part Queen’s Park!  Artists, Caroline Wendling, Andy Holden and Mira Calix will be part of the first phase of a two-year action research project based within this Bedford community.  Residents of all ages will be invited to collaborate with the artists on a series