FEBRUARY 2015 - TownGuideApps

What’s On in Bedford Town Centre
FEBRUARY 2015
3rd
Tuesday Lunchtime Concert - Christian Dawson
St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ
Christian Dawson - Piano (Royal Academy of Music)
St. Paul’s has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new talent. For many years,
the Lunchtime Concert series has given opportunities to young musicians to perform in a
professional environment in central Bedford to an appreciative audience.
The concerts run from approximately 1.10 pm – 1.40 pm. Lunches are available from midday and
you are welcome to eat your lunch during the concert.
The concerts are free and no ticket is required. However, the musicians perform here for no fee.
Suggested donations of £3 would be greatly appreciated which will contribute towards the work of
St. Paul’s and other charities.
www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk
3rd
Edwin Smith
The Higgins Bedford
7.30pm
£3 (Friends), £8 (Guests)
David Wootton talks about the life of this influential photographer of English architecture and
landscapes.
www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk
4th
The D-Day Darlings Sing 'The Songs That Won the War'
Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square
2.30pm
Set in 1939, in the heart of wartime Britain, this show features “The D-Day Darlings”, a vocalharmony trio and “Mr. John Adams”, an actor/director and soldier of war.
The story is pieced together with a plethora of the most popular and beautiful music of the 1940’s
wartime era featuring songs by Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields, Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters, Frank
Sinatra and more. With a series of authentic costume changes to add that authentic 40’s glamour
and a dazzling back drop of original film footage from the era, the show brings the spirit of wartime
Britain alive and brings back fond memories for all.
www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk
4th
‘Long Live the Vortex’
The Higgins Bedford
2.30 – 3pm
£2.60, (Concessions £2.10)
A look at how the Vorticists, the group of artists who in the summer of 1914, took the British art
world by storm.
www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk
4th
70s & 80s Disco Night at 25 Restaurant
25 Restaurant, Bedford College, Cauldwell Street
25 Restaurant hosts a number of fantastic themed evenings throughout the year, giving you an
opportunity to sample culinary delights from across the globe, prepared by our talented trainees.
Enjoy 3 or 4 courses of exquisitely presented food and we value your feedback on taste, colour and
quality.
www.25restaurant.co.uk
6th
The Only Way Is Downton
Bedford Theatre, Bedford School, De Parys Avenue, Bedford
7.30pm
Direct from a West End season comes this first national tour of Luke Kempner’s Tour-deforce impressions comedy, in an extended version featuring exclusive new material.
Having made his name with YouTube hit “Downstairs at Downton” and appearances in
musicals including Les Mis and Avenue Q, Kempner’s debut solo show won critical acclaim
and sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe last year.
As celebrities start appearing at the Abbey, cultures clash and eras hilariously collide in this
brilliant new parody, which takes in many other popular TV shows and familiar modern
voices to help the cast of Downton save the estate from financial ruin – again!
www.bedfordtheatre.co.uk
7th
Single File
The Kings Arms, St Marys Street, Bedford
Live music at the Kings Arms
www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk
10th
Tuesday Lunchtime Concert – Min Jung Baek
St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ
Min Jung Baek - Piano (Royal Academy of Music)
St. Paul’s has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new talent. For many years,
the Lunchtime Concert series has given opportunities to young musicians to perform in a
professional environment in central Bedford to an appreciative audience.
The concerts run from approximately 1.10 pm – 1.40 pm. Lunches are available from midday and
you are welcome to eat your lunch during the concert.
The concerts are free and no ticket is required. However, the musicians perform here for no fee.
Suggested donations of £3 would be greatly appreciated which will contribute towards the work of
St. Paul’s and other charities.
www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk
12th
Rock Out
The Kings Arms, St Marys Street, Bedford
Live music at the Kings Arms
www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk
17th
HolidayActivity: Potty Time
The Higgins Bedford
£2.25
11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm
Make a kanga-loo-roll holder
www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk
17th
Tuesday Lunchtime Concert – Alexandroes Velonis
Alexandroes Velonis - Piano (Royal Academy of Music)
St. Paul’s has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new talent. For many years,
the Lunchtime Concert series has given opportunities to young musicians to perform in a
professional environment in central Bedford to an appreciative audience.
The concerts run from approximately 1.10 pm – 1.40 pm. Lunches are available from midday and
you are welcome to eat your lunch during the concert.
The concerts are free and no ticket is required. However, the musicians perform here for no fee.
Suggested donations of £3 would be greatly appreciated which will contribute towards the work of
St. Paul’s and other charities.
www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk
18th
HolidayActivity: Print Camels, Cows and Mermaids
The Higgins Bedford
£2.25
11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm
Block printing inspired by mythology and the work of Edward Bawden
www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk
20th
HolidayActivity: ‘Ere be Dragons!’
The Higgins Bedford
£2.25
11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm
Create and wear a fearsome (or friendly) dragon head-dress.
www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk
20th
Bad Manners
Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square
7.30pm
Bad Manners are returning to Bedford Corn Exchange for a night of full on Ska antics! The band
quickly became the novelty favourites of the Ska movement through their bald, enormous-bodied
frontman's on-stage antics, earning early exposure through their Top of The Pops TV exploits and
an appearance in the live film documentary, Dance Craze.
Bad Manners were at their peak most popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s, during a
period when other ska revival bands, such as Madness and The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter,
filled the charts. Bad Manners spent 111 weeks in the UK Singles Chart between 1980 and 1983 and
have continued as a worldwide popular touring live act to this day.
Some of Bad Manners' more notable hits include "My Girl Lollipop", "Lip Up Fatty", "Ne Ne Na Na
Na Na Nu Nu", "Lorraine", "Just A Feeling", "Walking In The Sunshine", "Can Can" and "Special
Brew". One of the main reasons for their notoriety was their outlandish huge-tongued and shavenheaded frontman, Buster Bloodvessel. His manic exploits got them banned from the British BBC
TV chart show Top of the Pops and they were also banned from Italian TV after Bloodvessel
mooned a concert audience, after being told that the Pope was watching on TV!
www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk
21st
Art Studio – In Print 2
The Higgins Bedford
2 – 4pm
£10.35
for children aged 9 – 13 years. Workshops for children with a strong interest in the arts. A chance
to collect evidence for Arts Award Explore. Booking essential, call 01234 718618 for more
information.
www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk
21st
The Hub
The Kings Arms, St Marys Street, Bedford
Live music at the Kings Arms
www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk
22nd
Alan Carr – Yap, Yap, Yap!
Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square
8.00pm
‘Yap, Yap, Yap!’ - UK & Ireland Tour 2015
“A comedian who owns the space he is working in so much, he could put a flag up” The
Independent
No stranger to yap Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new
stand up show ‘Yap, Yap, Yap!’ The BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian, author
and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life.
www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk
23rd
Philharmonia Orchestra: Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams
Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square
7.30pm
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Serhiy Salov piano
GLINKA Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 5
The ecstatic virtuosity of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 meets the sweeping grandeur of
Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony, all led by the celebrated British conductor, Martyn Brabbins.
Vaughan Williams’s symphony began its life as an orchestral version of his as yet unfinished opera,
Pilgrim’s Progress. However, the end result moved away from anything directly programmatic and
instead became a work of shifting harmonies, plaintive horn-calls and quiet melodic beauty – a
welcome respite to the destruction of World War II that otherwise surrounded the symphony’s
creation.
www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk
24th
Tuesday Lunchtime Concert – Maria Canyigueral
St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ
Maria Canyigueral - Piano (Royal Academy of Music)
St. Paul’s has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new talent. For many years,
the Lunchtime Concert series has given opportunities to young musicians to perform in a
professional environment in central Bedford to an appreciative audience.
The concerts run from approximately 1.10 pm – 1.40 pm. Lunches are available from midday and
you are welcome to eat your lunch during the concert.
The concerts are free and no ticket is required. However, the musicians perform here for no fee.
Suggested donations of £3 would be greatly appreciated which will contribute towards the work of
St. Paul’s and other charities.
www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk
24th
Standby for Tape Back-Up
Bedford Theatre, Bedford School, De Parys Avenue, Bedford
“Two years ago, I found a videotape in my loft. On it: one and a half films, one quiz show and two
sitcoms. Somehow it became the story of my life”. Ross Sutherland attempts a daring experiment in
synchronicity. Using nothing but found-footage from one of his granddad’s old videotapes, Ross
attempts to draw out his entire life story.
www.bedfordtheatre.co.uk
26th
The Neil Diamond Story
Harpur Suite, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square
7.30pm
The Neil Diamond Story – the life of a legend in song
As Neil Diamond prepares to mark 50 years at the top of his profession, singer and guitarist Bob
Drury celebrates the life and work of this musical legend. Featuring iconic songs such as Cracklin’
Rosie, Sweet Caroline, Love on The Rocks, America, Forever in Blue Jeans, Play Me and Girl You’ll be a
Woman Soon alongside album tracks and more recent acoustic material. Bob Drury’s one-man show
is a ‘must see’ for all Diamond fans.
www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk
28th
Bedfordhire Orchestral Society presents
Romantic Giants to Wrap up the 19th Century
Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square
7.30pm
Soloist Marina Nadirazde
Conductor Michael Rose
Humperdinck Overture: Hansel and Gretel
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major
Elgar Enigma Variations
Three masterpieces from the last 20 years of the 19th Century. The concert opens joyously with
the overture to Humperdinck’s delightful opera Hansel and Gretel and then moves serenely on to
Brahms. Excitement grows as we anticipate the performance by Marina Nadirazde of his second
Piano Concerto – a majestic work full of energy and virtuosity alternating with gentleness and
beauty. The slow movement in particular is embellished by the gorgeous cello solo with which it
starts and ends. Finally to Elgar and to the work that brought his name to the international stage –
the Enigma Variations. Full of imaginative musical pictures of his friends, this is music to enjoy hugely
and a fitting end to a glorious programme.
www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk
28th
The Synthetix
The Kings Arms, St Marys Street, Bedford
Live music at the Kings Arms
www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk