An award of £10,000 has been made to Bedfordshire Orchestral Society by The Harpur Trust, which this year is celebrating it’s 450th anniversary.
The society, founded in 1967 as a charitable foundation runs two orchestras, the Bedfordshire Symphony and the Bedford Sinfonia, which give ten performances a year and is open for professionals, talented amateurs and students to become members.
The grant has been made over three years to allow the society to put its finances on a stable footing for the future and provide a programme of further outreach to schools and colleges, bringing more opportunity to play and listen.
Michael Rose, who has been the conductor and musical director of the orchestra since 1970, said: “The arts and music always struggle for adequate funding, yet we all benefit from its enrichment in so many ways. We are delighted that The Harpur Trust have decided to help our finances so that the Bedfordshire Orchestral Society can continue to bring the pleasure and the enrichment of classical music to the people of Bedford, young and more elderly, for many years to come.”