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Wednesday 21st April

World class music is set to continue in Bedford after Bedford Borough Council confirmed it will continue to support the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Residency and concert season at Bedford Corn Exchange.

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, has given the go ahead for a grant worth £41,000 to be given to the Philharmonia Orchestra to support its nine-concert season at Bedford Corn Exchange, bringing world-class conductors and soloists to perform in Bedford.

The Council has subsidised the Orchestra’s residency in Bedford since the mid-1990s. This commitment ensures Bedford Borough continues to be promoted throughout the world by the Philharmonia as a vibrant place that embraces the arts.

It also ensures the concerts attract visitors from outside Bedford - bringing more money and prosperity to the borough.

The grant for 2010/11 is a 39% reduction compared to 2009/10. However, Bedford Borough Council and the Philharmonia Orchestra have worked together to secure additional resources in order to maintain the season.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: I am delighted we have been able to continue to support the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Residency in Bedford.

“It reaffirms our commitment to the arts in Bedford as well as ensuring excellent venues such as the Corn Exchange have excellent performances to showcase.

“I am also delighted we have been able to reach agreement with the Philharmonia to retain the full nine-concert season, while also reducing the call on the taxpayer.

“I look forward to welcoming the Philharmonia Orchestra to Bedford again next season.”

David Whelton, Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, said: “Working closely with our colleagues at Bedford Borough Council, we’re delighted to be able to maintain our Residency at Bedford Corn Exchange for the 2010/11 season. We’ve been hugely encouraged by the continued support we receive from the Council and our wonderful audiences, alongside the growing relationship we have with Bedford’s wider communities via our Education and Outreach programme.  We very much look forward to our forthcoming 2010/11 season, details of which will be available in June.”

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