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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 Bardi Wind Orchestra, under the baton of their Music Director and Conductor David Calow performed at De Montfort Hall, Leicester on the afternoon of Sunday June 7th. The concert was again in association with Oadby & Wigston Lions Club and was supporting the Leicester charity Wishes 4 Kids.
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.
The wind and horns of the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, directed by David Calow, performed in the Victorian Gallery at the Museum and Art Gallery on New Walk, Leicester. The Orchestra was invited by Michael Kirk from the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society to perform after the AGM of the Society.
The Bardi were joined by the Leicestershire Chorale and soloists and all placed under the direction of Tom Williams who has a very fine reputation as a musical director and counter tenor, locally, nationally and internationally. My congratulations to all involved.
The concert opened appropriately with an overture, Wagner’s Tannhäuser overture. The opening for horns and woodwind was beautifully controlled, followed by a seamless take up of the theme by the strings, building through a tumultuous full orchestra crescendo culminating in the theme played on the trumpets, beautifully crowning the ensemble with clarity and bite!
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