Please consider supporting the Philharmonia in Bedford Trust and secure the future of the Orchestra’s residency at the Bedford Corn Exchange in perpetuity

The Philharmonia Orchestra is very proud to be Orchestra in Residence at Bedford Corn Exchange. Since 1995, the Orchestra’s concert season has sat firmly at the heart of Bedford’s cultural life and each year more than 4,400 audience members hear the Philharmonia perform at their local concert hall.

The Philharmonia has been joined on the platform by the world’s leading conductors and soloists, including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mitsuko Uchida, Joshua Bell and Vladimir Ashkenazy, to name but a few. The Orchestra has also taken its music out of the concert hall into local schools and communities throughout Bedford to offer people of all ages the opportunity to experience orchestral music, often for the first time. Our education programme, including projects such as the award-winning Hear and Now, have reached over 6,000 children in the local area.

For the first 21 years of the residency, the Philharmonia has relied upon a mixed economy of income to support its programme predominantly from Arts Council England, Bedford Borough Council, Box office income and private support. Acknowledging increasing pressures on local authority budgets and the public purse, the Philharmonia in partnership with Arts Council England, Bedford Borough Council and The Harpur Trust has established the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust.

The Trust is aiming to build a £1 million endowment by 2019. The income generated shall annually be applied to support a concert season of at least six concerts, to ensure the Philharmonia’s future in Bedford is secure. Thanks to our generous founding partners, £898,120 has already been raised, and we are now aiming to raise a further £101,880. We need your help. There are many ways that you can play your part. We do hope that you will do what you can to ensure that the Philharmonia can remain at the heart of Bedford’s cultural life.

Thank you.

Trustees of the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust

  • David Whelton, OBE
  • Jeremy Arthern
  • David Knapman (Treasurer)
  • Stuart Renshaw
  • David Russell
  • Cllr Henry Vann

Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust is very grateful to its founding partners:

ACE logo Bedford Council logo Frank Branston Charitable Trust Harpur Trust logo

Registered Charity Number 1170495



Our loyal audience members and the Friends of the Philharmonia in Bedford are the bedrock of the Philharmonia’s residency and have served as local ambassadors for the Orchestra over the past two decades.

We now need your support to ensure that the Philharmonia has a permanent place in the cultural life of Bedford, enabling future generations to enjoy world-class music in their community.

To make a donation today please download the form above and send to The Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust, Princeton Court, Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7PZ.

Every donation, whatever the amount, will be gratefully received and help us reach our £1million target.


The Philharmonia is very grateful to all the local businesses who have supported the Orchestra’s residency since it began in 1995.

We are asking local companies to show their support for the Philharmonia’s residency and the cultural life of the town. Businesses who donate to the Trust will be acknowledged in Philharmonia Concert Programmes and at the Bedford Corn Exchange. We need your help to encourage the business you work for, or those you are connected with, to show their support for this important cause.


Once we have reached our target of raising £1million, our fundraising efforts will not be over. Our aim is to continue to grow the endowment in order to sustain and expand the Philharmonia’s residency in Bedford. One way that you could consider supporting the Orchestra in the future is to remember the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust in your Will. Leaving such a gift is a remarkable and unique way to support the Philharmonia in Bedford.

Whether you would like to redirect an existing gift to the Bedford Trust or pledge a new gift, you can do so my simply adding a codicil to your Will. To find out more about how to do this, please visit our Legacies page, or call 020 7921 3903 for a private and confidential conversation.


020 7921 3903

The Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust, Princeton Court, Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7PZ