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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Latest News/Reviews

The Bardi celebrated 30 years of music making at De Montfort Hall at the 30th Anniversary Concert. Acclaimed pianist Nikolai Demidenko played Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and the Orchestra gave a stunning performance of Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony.
Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius was performed at De Montfort Hall on Sunday 16th October as the opening concert of the 30th Anniversary Season. There was a pre-concert talk hosted by John Florance at 2pm with Conductor Claus Efland and Barry Collett from The Elgar Society.
The Orchestra under the baton of Music Director David Calow performed in the Ruins of Bradgate House to a 500 strong audience.
The Bardi Symphony Orchestra celebrates 30 years of music making with a stunning season of 5 concerts at Leicester's De Montfort Hall
The brilliant Bardi Young Musicians 2016 wow the audience at Fraser Noble Hall in the University of Leicester.
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