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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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Latest News/Reviews

On the afternoon of Sunday 7th February 2016 the Bardi Symphony Orchestra under their Danish Music Director Claus Efland premiered Nielsen's Symphony No.3 'Sinfonia Espansiva' to great acclaim.
Details of the new Concert Season for 2015/16 have been released. The new season will see the Symphony Orchestra again play 5 concerts at De Montfort Hall with the Wind Orchestra playing the annual Gala Concert in June and the Christmas Festival Concert at Holy Trinity Church Regent Road. The 2016 Bardi Young Musician concert will take place in July 2016.
Claus Efland, Music Director of the Bardi Symphony Orchestra was the recipient in June 2015 of the Reumert Award.
An important aspect in music making is the encouragement and inclusion of up and coming talent and audiences; without them music has no future. The Bardi have pitched at family audiences for two of the concerts in the past year and for this concert it was the turn of a young musician, talented trombonist Sam Dye, to front the orchestra.
A line up of film favourites promised an afternoon of fun, family entertainment for a Sunday afternoon, as the Bardi Wind Orchestra were joined by Compère Martin Ballard and a line up of soloists, for a concert in support of the Lord Mayor’s chosen charity, Wishes 4 Kids.
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