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.
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.
With guest Conductor Paul Hilliam, the concert also included Fauré’s Pavane and Schubert’s Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’ in E-flat.
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.
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.