The Bardi Young Musician 2018 Concert at Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre on Sunday July 8th 2018 3pm.

Bardi Young Musician 2018 is Trumpeter Evie Dunn.
The 2018 Bardi Young Musician Concert was held at the newly re-opened Haymarket Theatre in Leicester on Sunday 8th July 2018 at 3pm.

The concert included the Mother Goose Suite by Ravel and Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 Pastoral.
Bardi Young Musician Evie Dunn played the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto


Conductor Paul Hilliam and Bardi Young Musician 2018 Trumpeter Evie Dunn.

The Bardi are the first orchestra to rehearse in the newly opened Haymarket Theatre

The Bardi Symphony Orchestra were at the newly opened Haymarket Theatre in Leicester over the Bank Holiday weekend for the first time to rehearse. The photograph shows Music Director Claus Efland conducting Schubert’s Symphony No.8 “Unfinished”.

The Orchestra will be performing in concert for the first time at the Haymarket on Sunday July 8th at 3pm in the Bardi Young Musician Concert 2018.

The Bardi end the 2017/18 De Montfort Hall season in style!

Marina Chiche, Guy Johnston and Tom Poster.

On Sunday 13th May 3pm The Bardi Symphony Orchestra ended the 2017/8 De Montfort Hall season with a concert showcasing three stunning international soloists and a major performance of a work not heard in Leicester for fifty years.

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto featured in the first half of the concert with a line up of soloists well known to the Leicester International Music Festival audiences; Marina Chiche violin, Guy Johnston cello and Tom Poster piano.

The second half saw a stunning performance of Richard Strauss’ large-scale tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life). The autobiographical work is scored for a huge orchestra and was a fitting way to end the De Montfort Hall season.

The photo shows Music Director Claus Efland rehearsing Ein Heldenleben at Leicester Grammar School and the concert in De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Bardi Wind Soloists at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery


The Bardi Wind Soloists directed by David Calow performed at the Museum and Art Gallery after the AGM of Leicester’s oldest society, The Literary and Philosophical Society on Monday 23rd April 2018. The winds and horns of the Symphony Orchestra performed music by Elgar, Dvorák, Carl Davis, Järnefelt and Sullivan. Society President Sir Kent Woods introduced the players and gave thanks at the end of the concert.

The Magic of the Musicals with the Bardi!

For our March Concert the Bardi took a large and enthusiastic audience to Broadway and the West End with
a superb collection of Showstoppers from Carousel, South Pacific, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, Cats, West Side Story, The King and I, My Fair Lady and of course The Sound of Music! The concert was conducted by Claus Efland with compere Colin Blackler and soloists Soprano Elise Fairley and Baritone Andrew Randall.

Eroica! Beethoven, Mozart and Sibelius get the Bardi underway in 2018

Tamsin Waley-Cohen

The Bardi Symphony Orchestra got 2018 off to a Classical start on Sunday February 4th at De Montfort Hall with a well attended concert featuring Mozart, Beethoven and Sibelius. The concert started with the ever-popular overture to The Magic Flute by Mozart and then we welcomed back soloist Tamsin Waley-Cohen who gave a superb performance of the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius. The second half saw the Orchestra give a brilliant rendition of the revolutionary third symphony by Beethoven – the ‘Eroica’.

Bardi Wind Orchestra Christmas Festival Concert 2017

The Bardi Wind Orchestra gave their annual “A Christmas Festival” concert on Saturday December 16th 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church on Regent Road, Leicester.

The annual Christmas Festival Concert has become one of the highlights of the Bardi concert season and this year the concert was again conducted by Music Director David Calow with seasonal readings by John Florance. Colin Blackler was our compère and we welcomed back Nicky Bingham as our soprano soloist.

A nearly 200-strong audience heard festive favourites including Sleigh Ride, Christmas Festival, In The Bleak Mid-winter, Walking in the Air, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and a symphonic suite from the Disney block-buster Frozen. All joined in with the sing-a -long finale of White Christmas and Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody!

BBC Young Musician 2014 Piano Finalist Isata Kanneh-Mason opens the new 2017/8 concert season.


BBC Young Musician 2014 Piano Finalist Isata Kanneh-Mason made her second appearance with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra at the first concert of the 2017/18 Season on Sunday 8th October at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.   Isata played Schumann’s romantic Piano Concerto and the concert featured the “Carnival Overture” by Dvorák and only the second ever performance at De Montfort Hall of the 5th Symphony by Vaughan Williams.

BBC Young Musician Finalist to play with the Bardi!

BBC Young Musician 2014 Piano Finalist Isata Kanneh-Mason will be appearing with the Bardi at the opening Concert of the 2017/18 Season at De Montfort Hall, Leicester this coming Sunday, 8th October at 3pm. She will be playing the Piano Concerto by Robert Schumann.  The concert also includes the “Carnival Overture” by Dvorák and Vaughan Williams’ 5th Symphony.