From a TV comedy favourite to stirring music, there's plenty to enjoy...
Fenella Humphreys and Robert Thompson, Bedford School Music Recital Hall, De Parys Avenue, Bedford, November 15
For the second concert of Bedford Music Club’s 50th Anniversary season of their Music on Thursdays series, violinist Fenella Humphreys and Robert Thompson, head of piano at Bedford School, perform. Violinist Fenella enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work, with performances around the world. She will perform some of the finest violin repertoire by Schubert, Prokofiev and Fauré alongside Thomas Dunhill’s Sonata.
Vote!, The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford, November 20 to 23
Vote! is a new production, devised and performed by theatre company Certain Age, that looks at some of the events leading up to the Representation of People Act in 1918 and the fight for women to have the vote. The show also considers the past 100 years and the contrasting attitudes towards women and their role in society.
From The Jam, Corn Exchange, Bedford, November 16
Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jam album All Mod Cons. With over 11 years of touring, the band have earned a great reputation for their live performances.
Haydn’s Creation, Bedford Corn Exchange, November 17
Bedford Choral Society will be performing Haydn’s Creation, composed in the 1790s and a firm favourite of audiences since then. “This is Haydn’s best choral work, as far as I am concerned,” said music director Ian Smith. “It is gloriously joyous and a treat to hear and to sing.”
Only Fools And Boycie: An Evening with John Challis, Quarry Theatre, Bedford, November 16
Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s favourite comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC One’s Only Fools and Horses.
For the Fallen – Music for Remembrance and All Souls, St Owen’s Church, Bromham, November 13
Bedford-based chamber choir Cantamus perform a sensitive programme of choral music to lift spirits or aid people in their grief at this time of remembrance for lost loved ones. An extensive range of short compositions includes pieces by William Byrd, J S Bach and Hubert Parry.
Details: call 01234 741871
JP Harris & The Tough Choices, Ent Shed, Bedford, November 17
JP Harris plays country music in its purest, rawest form, performing the music that has influenced four generations of songwriters.
Monday Night Jazz, White Horse, Bedford, November 19
Pianist Alexander Bryson performs at the weekly session. Alexander has, up until recently, been based in New York, where he has worked with Murray Wall, Dwayne Clemons, John Leonard, Gary Montenaro, and Marie Claire Giraud.
Alex will play a set of classics covered by such piano luminaries as Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly, Sonny Clark, Hank Jones and more.
Jim Davidson, Bedford Corn Exchange, November 18
Promising to be outrageous as ever, Davidson returns with a new show he claims will be “the antidote to this ‘PC’ world we now live in”.
Details: bedfordcorn exchange.co.uk
Ruddigore, Stewartby Village Hall, November 20 and 21
Stewartby Operatic Society present this Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, set in a Cornwall village where a team of professional bridesmaids is looking for work. Rose Maybud and Robin Oakapple are a likely couple but Robin is hiding his true identity. Audiences can expect a tale of thwarted love including a classic villain, a gallery of disgruntled ghosts, a few Gilbertian plot twists and some delightful music.