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The Bedford Corn Exchange is a multi-purpose venue holding over 800 events per year. These include concerts, comedians, singers, council meetings and corporate events. Performers at the venue for the Spring 2013 season include Marcus Brigstocke, Joe Calzaghe, Chas & Dave, The Drifters, Hawkwind, Lee Hurst, Jimeoin, Milton Jones, Russell Kane, Sean Lock, Showaddywaddy and the Philharmonia Orchestra
The Corn Exchange was opened in 1874 and was originally designed to be a concert venue and meeting space, as well as a place of business.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra were housed in the Corn Exchange during World War Two, when it became too dangerous for them to be based in London. The venue played host to many star names during the war, including Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Marlene Dietrich and Vera Lynn.

The Harpur Suite was built in 1834 as the town’s Assembly Rooms and originally housed the General Library and Literary and Scientific Institute, before being renamed the Harpur Suite in 1972.



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