'Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things' is a choral project by Bedford-based composer Johnny Parry, commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts.  Its aim is to create a piece of music that engages with a wide spectrum of human experience, drawing upon Bedfordshire and its community for inspiration. The concerto will be performed at Bedford Corn Exchange by a specially-formed orchestra and choir on September 27 (tickets here).

The finished work will have eight movements, each movement with its own theme. The lyrics are to be made up of numerous phrases relating to these themes – ranging from romantic statements, old memories and significant journeys, to childhood heroes and epitaphs. Phrases concerning these subjects and more will be collected via interactions with community groups, as well as through the public's contributions to this website.

This is where you come in. Please take a minute to look at the themes covered by the different movements, listed below. Some cry out for input from people just like you! You can use the feedback system to add phrases, thoughts, and statements that you think should be included in work. Thank you for taking part in what promises to be a unique, and uniquely ambitious, piece of music...