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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

The Orchestra under the baton of Music Director David Calow performed in the Ruins of Bradgate House to a 500 strong audience.
The brilliant Bardi Young Musicians 2016 wow the audience at Fraser Noble Hall in the University of Leicester.
The Bardi Wind Orchestra under the baton of Music Director David Calow gave their annual Gala Concert in association with Oadby & Wigston Lions Club. This year the concert supported Leicester Charity Menphys.
Craig Ogden made a welcome return as soloist in the Espana concert at De Montfort Hall. The audience were treated to a feast of Spanish favourites including Craig playing the Rodrigo concerto and the Orchestra performing Ravel's Bolero.
A wind ensemble from the Bardi Wind Orchestra performed at Curve Theatre in Leicester as part of the 'Inside Out' Lunchtime Events.
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