Programme for 2018-2019 Season

Bedford Music Club presents the following classical chamber music concerts between October 2018 and April 2019. Concerts are open to the general public. Season tickets are available by contacting Bedford Music Club using the Email link on the Ticket or Contact pages. Individual tickets are available on the door.

Thursday 11 October 2018 (at 7.45pm)

Bunyan Meeting

Members of THE KING'S CONSORT baroque ensemble
Director, Robert King
Huw Daniel violin
Jonathan Manson cello
Robert King harpsichord & chamber organ

Music for a While
Purcell: Music for a while
Purcell: Not all my torments
Purcell: Sonata in G minor
Purcell: I attempt from love's sickness to fly
Purcell: Hark the echoing air
Handel: Cantata Mi palpitar il cor
Boismortier: Trio in A minor
Purcell: The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation
Vivaldi: Cello Sonata in B flat
Handel: Three German Arias: In den angenehmen Büschen; Süsse Stille; Meine Seele hört im Sehen

Bedford Music Club's 50th season opens with a very special concert. Born in Bedford, Carolyn Sampson is now one of the world's leading sopranos, equally at home on the concert and opera stages. It is hard to think of a better pairing than with members of The King's Consort, one of the world's leading baroque ensembles, directed by Robert King. Their programme brings together some of the best vocal music by Purcell and Handel, with chamber works by Vivaldi, Purcell and the French composer Boismortier.

Thursday 15 November 2018 (at 7.45pm)

Music Recital Hall, Bedford School


Schubert: Sonatina in D major
Dunhill: Sonata no.1 in D minor Op. 27
Prokofiev: 5 melodies
Fauré: Sonata no.1 in A major

With playing described in the press as 'alluring' and 'unforgettable', violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work, with performances around the world.  Accompanied by Bedford School's Head of Keyboard, Robert Thompson, she performs some of the finest violin repertoire by Schubert, Prokofiev and Fauré alongside Thomas Dunhill's less well-known, but equally wonderful Sonata.

Thursday 17 January 2019 (at 7.45pm)

Bunyan Meeting


Telemann: 3 Heroic Marches
Petr Eben: Ókna (Blue Window)
Viviani: Sonata Prima
Organ solo 
Hovhaness: Prayer of Saint Gregory 
Petr Eben: Ókna (Green Window) 
Albinoni: Aria
Petr Eben: Ókna (Red Window) 
Tomasi: Semaine Sainte à Cuzco
Organ solo 
Damase: Trois prières sans paroles
Petr Eben: Ókna (Golden Window) 

Winner of the inaugural Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition in October 2017, Matilda Lloyd is making a reputation as one of the outstanding trumpeters of her generation. She has appeared as a soloist at the BBC Proms, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and London Mozart Players and is a Making Music UK Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist. This concert draws together three centuries of writing for the trumpet, accompanied by prize-winning organist Richard Gowers.

Thursday 14 February 2019 (at 7.45pm)

Bedford Girls' School


Mozart: Fantasy in C minor, K475
Beethoven: Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53, 'Waldstein'
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz, no. 1
Liszt: Sonata in B minor

Born in Bucharest, Florian Mitrea has been based in the UK for over a decade, and has won a host of prizes for his solo and chamber music performances. He has performed all over the world, including at Carnegie Hall and across Europe and Asia: Martha Argerich, among others, has praised the beauty of his playing. His programme includes some of the most technically challenging music in the solo piano repertoire.

Thursday 14 March 2019 (at 7.45pm)

Bunyan Meeting


Mozart: Quartet in B flat K458 'The Hunt'
Mendelssohn: Quartet Op. 44 no. 2 in E minor
Dvořák: Quartet Op. 106 in G

Winners of the 2017 St Martin's Chamber Music Competition, the Manchester-based Zelkova Quartet has established a reputation as one of the UK's up-and-coming string quartets. The quartet formed in 2016 and works regularly with their mentor Petr Prause, cellist of the Talich Quartet. Their programme brings together works from the rich and diverse repertoire of three of the best quartet composers: Mozart, Mendelssohn and Dvořák.

Thursday 11 April 2019 (at 7.45pm)

Bedford Girls' School

KATHRYN RUDGE mezzo soprano
A Springtime Garland of Song and Opera

Gerald Finzi: Let us garlands bring (RW)

Herbert Howells: King David (KR)

Roger Quilter: Go Lovely Rose; Fair House of Joy (KR)

William Denis Browne: To Gratiana Dancing and Singing (KR)

Benjamin Britten: Folk Songs: The Brisk Young Widow, Down by the Salley Gardens, Oliver Cromwell (KR)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Adieu, Think of me (RW, KR)

George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad (RW)

Eric Coates: Birdsongs at Eventide (KR)

Frank Bridge: Thy Hand in Mine; Where She Lies Asleep; Love went a riding (KR)

Surprise opera arias and duets (RW, KR)

Baritone Roderick Williams needs no introduction. One of the finest baritones in the world, and an exquisite song performer he won the Singer of the Year Award in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and was awarded the OBE for services to music in June 2017. BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge was nominated in the Young Artist category of the prestigious RPS Awards 2016. They are joined at the piano by prize-winning Bedford Music Club Artistic Director William Vann.




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