The Bardi Wind Orchestra Celebrates 25 Years!

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 concert was another joint venture by the Bardi Wind Orchestra and the Oadby & Wigston Lions Club. The chosen charity this year is the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Leicestershire and Rutland Branch.

The concert was a celebration of Disney favourites and other well known movie music and was conducted by David Calow with Soprano Jenny Saunders and Tenor David Morris. The compere was Martin Ballard from BBC Radio Leicester.

Firebird! A Russian Spectacular

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.
The sell-out audience also saw a stunning performance of Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto by soloist Katya Apekisheva. The concert started with a lively rendition of the Polonaise and Waltz from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.

Young Leicester Grammar School players featured in Bardi’s 2017 LGS Concert

The Annual LGS concert featured LGS pupils as both soloists and orchestra members in a concert on 4 March 2017.

Celebrating Bardi’s special links with Leicester Grammar School once again, the talents of five young players were showcased in solo items in a varied and entertaining programme in St Nicholas Hall on March 4th. A number of other talented musicians from the school enjoyed the opportunity to play alongside Bardi players in the Orchestra. Head of Musc at the School, Dr David Whittle, realised the ambition of a lifetime when he conducted the orchestra in a well-received performance of Borodin’s Symphony No 2.

Charlie Chaplin in City Lights is a first for the Bardi!

The classic black and white Chaplin movie City Lights with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra playing the soundtrack live was very well received by a large and enthusiastic audience at De Montfort Hall. Conductor Claus Efland and the Bardi broke new ground by playing a film soundtrack to a live film screening for the first time. It was one of the latest highlights of the 30th Anniversary Season of the Orchestra.

The Bardi celebrates in style at the 30th Anniversary Concert with Nikolai Demidenko!

The Bardi celebrated 30 years of magnificent music making with a stunning concert of classical favourites.

An enthusiastic audience joined the Bardi at De Montfort Hall for the 30th Anniversary Concert and celebrated 30 years of music making. The concert began with a stirring rendition of Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger and then the acclaimed pianist Nikolai Demidenko played Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. The second half of the concert featured a stunning performance of Rachmaninov’s romantic 2nd Symphony.