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Music Competitions 2020

A wonderful series of music competitions to which members of the public are most welcome.  

Wednesday 29 January  
6.30pm Music Prize Competitions for Brass Erskine May Hall
6.30pm Music Prize Competitions for Strings Music School Recital Hall
Wednesday 5 February  
6.30pm Music Prize Competitions for Woodwind Music School Recital Hall
6.30pm Music Prize Competitions for Voice Erskine May Hall
Tuesday 11 February  
6.30pm Music Prize Competitions for Piano Music School Recital Hall
6.30pm Music Prize Competitions for Percussion Erskine May Hall
6.30pm Music Prize Competitions for Organ Chapel
Admission Free  
Age suitability All ages  





Rock Night 2019

Over the past few years Rock Night has become something of a tradition at Bedford School and this year will be no exception. A range of bands and DJs from Bedford School and Bedford Girls’ School will be performing, showcasing the talent and enthusiasm of young people from both schools.

All proceeds to go to charity.


Date Thursday 28 February
Time 6.30pm
Venue The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s
Admission £5
Age suitability 13+

An Introduction to Solo Trombone Playing

A fantastic achievement by Archie Young-Lee (Lower Sixth) for organising and playing in a charity concert, ‘An Introduction to Solo Trombone Playing’ last week. Archie played a varied programme, including pieces by Haydn and Sulek, accompanied by Mr Thompson. And the audience was treated to a surprise encore duet with Andrew Groom!

Archie had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for £220 to Joanna Dickson from his chosen charity JDRF, which does important research into Type 1 diabetes. Thank you to everyone who supported the evening.

Mark Steel’s in Town

This event is now fully booked

BBC Radio 4 is bringing its Sony award-winning series Mark Steel’s in Town to Bedford.

Every year on BBC Radio 4, comedian, columnist and author Mark Steel visits 6 towns across the UK. He delves into their history, people and idiosyncrasies to try and work out what ingredients combine to make the place distinctive.

Before each episode, Mark visits the places he will be performing in; he meets with the locals and researches the town’s history. He then performs a tailor-made stand-up comedy show about the town in front of a local audience.

As well as shedding light on the less travelled to areas of Britain what Mark uncovers will undoubtedly resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of our shared voice and identity as part of a community and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who shape the places we now live in.

The show is now in it’s 8th series. Previously, Mark has recorded shows in over 40 interesting and unusual places from the Isle of Portland in Dorset to Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney; plus Alderney in The Channel Islands and Gibraltar.  One of the great things about the show is the ability of the locals to laugh at themselves and the eccentricities of the area.

Stuart Morris, a historian who helped to provide research for Steel for the Portland show commented: “I was amazed that he should have absorbed so much of the island’s history in the short space of time”.

In 2010 Mark Steel’s in Town won a Silver Award for “Best Comedy” in the Sony Radio Academy Awards and in 2012 it won the Gold Award in the same category.

Also in 2010 it won The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for “Best Radio Comedy / Light Entertainment”.

In 2015 the show was nominated for the Chortle awards for Best Radio Show and it won the British Comedy Guide award for Best Radio Comedy. The show was nominated again for these awards in 2016.

“Mark Steel is no slacker. He always does his research before taking to the stage to talk to a town.”  RADIO TIMES

“What a lovely show it is, with humanity, humility and, best of all, jokes that genuinely come out of the situation in which he finds himself.”  THE OBSERVER

Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: The Quarry Theatre
Cost: Free (ticketed event) *This event is now fully booked*
Tickets: Buy online  |  01234 362337  | 
Running time: 70 mins
Age suitability: 14yrs +

Prize Winners’ Concert

Do come and hear this year’s Junior and Senior Prize Winners from the individual instrumental and singing competitions. Each winner will perform one piece in the following categories: Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Piano, Organ and Singing.

Date:  Wednesday 10 May 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Venue:  Music School Recital Hall
Cost: Admission free
Age suitability: All ages

Baba Yaga

On 27 and 28 April, nearly 90 Y3-Y5 boys terrified their parents in a spectacular production of Baba Yaga, an exciting new musical written especially for the boys by our own Mr Groom. Based on a rather ghoulish Russian fairy-tale about an evil child-gobbling witch, the performance involved some spine-tingling singing, arresting acting, creepy choreography and some frightening costumes!

You can also catch-up on what you missed, or relive the magic from the comfort of your own home with the video of the production.

Hockey National Finals

Bedford School Hockey Club rounded off their exceptional season at the Hockey National Finals, on Wednesday 26/Thursday 27 April.

Winning the East Championship en route, Bedford had a storming first round against Repton – last year’s winners (and the Man U of the school hockey world!). The boys executed the perfect match plan – winning 2-1. A frustrating 0-3 loss in the next game against the eventual group winners, Reeds School, meant the boys were playing for third or fourth place in the next round. Bedford School dominated the game against Altrincham Grammar in parts but had too much to do in the end, losing 2-3. The boys finished in fifth/sixth position overall – and until their second group game had conceded only two goals since their Bedfordshire qualifying round. An excellent season!

Organ & Brass Ensemble Concert

A wonderful concert of music for Organ and Brass at St Mary’s Church in Stevington, featuring Paul Edwards and the Bedford School Brass Ensemble.

Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Venue:  St Mary’s Church, Stevington
Cost: Admission free
Tickets: 01234 823769
Age suitability: All ages

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

By Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, are back with another barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage – as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. In a better-late-than-never nod to the Bard’s 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement present this ‘new’ play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park!

The play, mercifully abridged by the RSC from its full hundred hour running time to a more palatable ninety minutes, embarks on its debut UK tour following world premiere seasons at the renowned Folger Shakespeare Library and the Edinburgh Fringe.

“Undisputed masters at reimagining the Bard. A dynamic and side-splittingly funny show.”  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ BROADWAY BABY

“Something wickedly funny this way comes!” NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

“Reduced Shakespeare Company shows are non-stop gag-fests and Long Lost is no different!” SONOMA GAZETTE

Date: Friday 5 May 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: The Quarry Theatre
Cost: £16.50 (£14.50 concessions)
Tickets: Buy online  |  01234 362337  | 
Running time: 90 mins (+15 min interval)
Age suitability: 12yrs +