David Bedford
Composer 1937 - 2011
List of Works
Recent Works and Performances
Recent Works and Performances

David Bedford leaves a huge legacy of work which continues to be performed and enjoyed.

A commission from Making Music, ‘The Soft Stars that Shine at Night’, for a large
choral/orchestral work, co-commissioned in 2006 by a large number of choral societies, was performed in 2007 as part of his 70th birthday year celebrations. 

His next project for 2007 was the first ever commission for an orchestra of Deaf children ‘Gods, Goddesses and Magical Creatures', commissioned by Paul Whittaker and Music and the Deaf. 

Following that he completed a commission from the Aldeburgh Festival ‘Old Joe on the Beach’, a large outdoor community piece in celebration of the festival’s 60th anniversary, which was performed in June 2007.

April 2008 at the Barbican saw the first performance of his ‘Eight Beach Boys Songs’ for chorus and orchestra, the last four of which, and the orchestrations, were commissioned by David Temple for the Hertfordshire Chorus.

In August 2008 was the first performance of a large choral and orchestral work 'Wake into the Sun' commissioned by Gavin Henderson for the 60th anniversary of the Dartington International Summer School.


There are  seven performances of 'The Wreck of the Titanic' , a co-commission from the Lancashire, Liverpool and Cumbria music services, being prepared for 2012, including two which took place on April 14th, one  at the Colston Hall, Bristol and another in Cherbourg - exactly 100 years to the day after the sinking. The piece is scored for youth orchestra, wider opportunities beginners, youth chorus, children’s chorus and professional ensemble.

Amongst several commissions in 2011, David completed a major orchestral piece, 'Crowned with the Grace of Years' for Lancing College which was premiered in St John's Smith Square in March 2012, and a new anthem 'May God Shield You on Every Step', one of 11 specially commissioned anthem's published in the Choirbook for The Queen to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.  The piece was premiered in March 2012 live from Bristol Cathedral as part of  BBC Radio 3s Choral Evensong.