We’re hitting the ground running this January with our round-up of the very best of Bedford’s live music, theatre, art and film, plus the return of the Bedford Repair Cafe at their new home at the Place Theatre.
We’ve got high hopes for you, 2022, so don’t disappoint us…
Saturday 8 January 2022
Live music: From the Jam + The Selector
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Sound Affects’, the fifth studio album by The Jam, From The Jam will be performing it in full, alongside more classics by the band.
‘Sound Affects’ reached #2 in the UK charts and featured two of the band’s most-loved singles ‘Start!’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’. Led by original bassist with The Jam, Bruce Foxton, and Russell Hastings, From the Jam formed in 2007 performing around the world to sell-out crowds and reaching the UK albums charts with the 2017 LP ‘From the Jam Live!’.
The Selecter are led by their iconic frontwoman, Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson.
Pauline Black is one of very few women in the 2-Tone scene and she is often referred to as “The Queen of Ska”. The 40th anniversary of the seminal ‘Too Much Pressure’ LP is being marked with a performance of the album in full + more classics such as ‘On My Radio’, ‘The Whisper’, ‘Celebrate the Bullet’, & ‘Frontline’.
Sunday 9 January 2022
This week, David Bowie would have celebrated his 75th birthday and on Sunday Esquires hosts its annual tribute to the Star Man’s fantastic songbook.
Join Mat Roberts and some of Bedford’s finest musicians to pay tribute.
Monday 10 January 2022
Film: Monday Night is Movie Night: Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint (2019)
The Place Theatre @ 8pm
The first abstract artist was a woman – Hilma af Klint. Misjudged and ignored for more than a century, she is now shaking the art world with her mind-expanding oeuvre.
Hilma af Klint’s first abstract painting is dated 1906, four years before that of Vassily Kandinsky. Why was she ignored?
This is the first film about her life and work, investigating the role accorded to women in art history and asking why Hilma af Klint was scandalously denied the status of a pioneer of modern art.
Today her exhibitions are attracting millions of people worldwide and her timeless paintings cross all conventional borders and resonate with our innermost feelings today.
Tuesday 11 January 2022
Live music: Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts
St Paul’s Church @ 1pm
St Paul’s church, Bedford, launches a new series of lunchtime concerts this week. The first of 2022 is a cello and piano recital by Felicity Gibson and John Paul Ekins playing Schumann and Brahms.
The recitals are free with a retiring collection (suggested £5) in aid of church funds. Come and enjoy this varied selection.
Friday 14 January 2022
Film: Friday Night Feature: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Place Theatre @ 7pm 19:00
Friday 14 and Saturday 15 January 2022
Live music: NOASIS + guests
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Noasis is the definitive tribute band to Manchester’s swaggering super group, Oasis. Since its formation in 2006 and with over 600 performances to date Noasis has justly earned its reputation.
With an obsessive attention to detail, the band recreates the real Oasis experience with amazing energy playing all the classic songs as if they were their own. This is more than a tribute band this is Oasis from a parallel universe.
Saturday 15 January 2022
The Bedford Repair Café is back and at their new venue, The Place Theatre.
Repair Cafes are volunteer-run events, designed to share repair skills and reduce waste.
“Our volunteers are locals who have an interest in repair, be it clothes, bikes, toys or other household items,” explained organiser, Katie Allen. “Not only will you save money and the environment, but you’ll learn something too!”
Bedford Repair Café operates through a booking system, which allows the fixers to prepare for your repairs. Once you are booked in, you can turn up any time during the event. Just make sure to wear a mask.
And yes- it’s really free thanks to the kindness of the volunteer fixers, but you are encouraged to ’tip’ what you can, to help continue running the Repair Café.
Until 22 January 2022
Exhibition: Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements
Edward Bawden Gallery, Free Entry
Explore the passion for architecture of influential British artist and designer, Edward Bawden, displaying his originality, wit and skill in giving character to the buildings featured in his work.
Until March 2022
Exhibition: Going to Town – 200 Years of Bedford’s Art
Wixamtree Gallery, Free Entry
Celebrate artists views of Bedford and the surrounding area with a number of watercolours, oils and prints from the past two centuries, some of which haven’t been seen by the public eye in several decades.
The exhibition includes artworks by JMW Turner, Dora Carrington, Thomas Fisher and Stanley Orchart, highlighting their fascination with the town and River Great Ouse.
Until October 2022
Exhibition: Warden Abbey Revealed
Outside Settlement Gallery, Free Entry
Research by the Old Warden History and Heritage Society alongside the results of the geophysical survey by MOLA (Northampton) have revealed the grandeur of the medieval Cistercian abbey.
The reconstruction illustration by Peter Dunn based on this work will be on display with a selection of archive items.
Theatre highlights by Paula Walker