Music Highlights in February

So much music, so little time!  Whatever your taste, there’s loads to choose from in Bedford this month.

Bedford Charity Concert in aid of the homeless
St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road, MK40 2PF
Saturday 8 February at 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 via Eventbrite, or from St. Andrew’s Church Centre Office, 01234 216881

Christopher Ridley, Principal Timpanist of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, along with the Great Ouse Orchestra and Choir, will perform a varied programme of music, including works by Beethoven, Bruckner, Strauss, Verdi and Sibelius, in aid of the homeless in Bedford.

Giacomo Susani
Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, MK40 3EU
Thursday 20 February at 7.45pm
Tickets: £18, concessions £5/£2
Bedford Music Club presents award-winning classical guitarist Giacomo Susani, performing music by Frescobaldi, Scarlatti and others.

The Fatback Band live
Bedford Corn Exchange
Sunday 9 February at 7pm
Tickets: £32
The Fatback Band, one of the most acclaimed American disco, soul and funk groups are going to raise the roof off the Bedford Corn Exchange this month with their amazing high-energy live show. The disco-funk band were prolific in the 60s, 70s and 80s and laid the foundations for modern rap and dance music. The Bedford show will feature some of the most ground-breaking music of the era including Do The Bus Stop, Spanish Hustle, Wicky Wacky,  Is This the Future and the seminal I Found Loving’.

The band will be supported by acclaimed DJs, Jon Jules (MI-Soul Radio), Louie Martin from (Delight Radio), DJ Stumpi (diverse fm) and local maestro Rocky.

Daddy Long Legs
Bedford Esquires
Tuesday 4 February at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12
Ahead of their show in Bedford, the Clanger’s Lloyd Lugsden spoke to the Daddies to find out more about where they get their clothes and their fave British food…

You’ve got long legs, but are any of you daddies? We’re all Daddy to all the Boogie Children out there.
Best venue you’ve played (apart from Esquires)? Willie Nelson’s Ranch, in Texas
You cut a fine dash, where do you get your clothes?  This guy named Jake Mueser, our girls and our fans….  People even donate them to us at our shows sometimes.
Influences? We’re under ‘em!
Best British food? Full fry up.
Worst British food? Full fry up. 
Song to get you dancing? Frankie Lee Sims ‘Boogie Real Low’
Any plans for 2020? Continue to spread the gospel according to Daddy Long Legs!

Bedford Symphony Orchestra – Celebrating Tchaikovsky
Bedford Corn Exchange
Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm

Soloist – Mengyang Pang (piano)
Conductor – Michael Rose
Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnole
Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.4


 The Mighty Wah presents… The Pete Wylie Show
Bedford Esquires
Friday 28 February 2020
Tickets: £16.50
Part time rock star – full time legend…

Pete Wylie is a seminal Scouse maverick who, along with Ian McCulloch and Julian Cope, pioneered the Eighties art-indie scene. His debut gig was at the legendary Eric’s in Liverpool – the night it was raided and closed for ever. He bounced back with a series of bands – Wah! Heat, Wah! and The Mighty Wah! – and had a string of hits includes The Story Of The Blues, Come Back, Sinful, 7 Minutes to Midnight and Heart As Big As Liverpool (an anthem forever linked with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign).

These tracks confirm him as one of the finest songwriters of his generation.

Philharmonia Orchestra – Family concert
Bedford Corn Exchange
Saturday 15 February at 2pm
Tickets: £9.50 – £16.50
Faster, higher, stronger – explore the colourful world of a symphony orchestra in this friendly afternoon show that welcomes all the family to Bedford Corn Exchange!

Join us for an exciting concert celebrating the Olympic spirit – the perfect way to get inspired for Tokyo 2020.

Cheer for the underdog, feel the thrill of a race, and share in the joy of triumph over adversity as you hear musical favourites from film and television, as well as timeless classics for a symphony orchestra.

Plus – stay on at the end and you’ll get to meet the musicians, conductor and presenter.

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