Welcome to the Bardi Symphony Orchestra's 30th Anniversary Concert Season

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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This year's Bardi Young Musician is clarinettist Sam Abbott. He played Finzi's Clarinet Concerto at the afternoon concert on Sunday 9th July at Fraser Noble Hall, London Road Leicester. Guest Conductor Paul Hilliam conducted the concert.
A summer concert with popular music from the concert hall, opera house, the big screen and ending with the 1812 Overture and live cannon effects gave the Anniversary Season a fantastic finale! With conductor Claus Efland, soprano Chloe Salvidge and solo violin - Adam Summerhayes.
Let's celebrate! 25 years of the Bardi Wind Orchestra, 100 years of the Lions Clubs and 30 years of the MNDA Leicestershire and Rutland Branch was celebrated at the Gala Concert at De Montfort Hall on Sunday 11th June.
The Bardi under the baton of Music Director Claus Efland premiered the complete Firebird Ballet by Stravinsky at De Montfort Hall, Leicester. The dancers were from Dance Activate with choreography by Graham Fletcher.
Members of the Orchestra, past and present and invited guests attended a Dinner at College Court, University of Leicester to celebrate 30 years of the Bardi symphony Orchestra.
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