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Welcome to the Bardi Symphony Orchestra

Formed in 1986 and originally conceived as a chamber orchestra by its founder Dr Andrew Constantine, the first concerts were given in the University of Leicester. The name Bardi derives from the Italian Count Giovanni Bardi who was associated with new ideas and approaches to the performance of music in the 16th Century. Within just a year the Orchestra had expanded in size to form a full symphony orchestra performing in St James the Greater Church and just four years later saw an orchestra of 132 players performing Mahler's 6th Symphony in the Orchestra's current home - De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

The players in the Orchestra come from an intriguing range of backgrounds. Having studied music to the highest levels many have chosen to pursue careers outside music but relish the opportunity to come together and play at professional level. We are also proud to be associated with performers from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and the CBSO.
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I noticed a comment on the Bardi’s Facebook page which rather unflatteringly likened this concert to “Amateur Dramatics” and expressed disappointment because it was not “true symphony orchestra music”, of course an individual opinion. From where I was sitting, there was nothing amateur about this concert and as for not being true symphony orchestra music; too often things are put in boxes,...

The Bardi’s performances are normally preceded by a pre-concert talk hosted by the knowledgeably inquisitive John Florance. The ones I have attended have always been interesting, providing a useful backdrop to the music; I often think that they merit a larger audience. In this particular one I was fascinated to watch Mark Penny, one of the Bardi Horn Quartet, demonstrate just how musical a...

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