The Bardi announce the new 2018/19 Concert Season at De Montfort Hall and the Haymarket Theatre

Haymarket Theatre Concert 

Sunday 7th October 2018                                 


Conductor: Claus Efland                                                    

The Bardi Wind Soloists

Oboe – Linda Backhouse
Clarinet – Andrew Piper
Bassoon – Ceri Beaumont
Horn – Mark Penny

Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture, ‘Fingals Cave’
Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante K.297b
Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor

The Bardi open their 2018/19 season at the newly refurbished Haymarket Theatre in Leicester!

The concert will include Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave” Overture and Brahms’s powerful Symphony No.1.
The principal Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn from the Orchestra are also showcased in Mozart’s Wind Sinfonia Concertante.


De Montfort Hall Concert            

Saturday 10th November 2018          


Conductor: Claus Efland

With Leicester Philharmonic Choir, Leicester Bach Choir & Leicestershire Chorale
Soloists; Ilona Domnich, Mark Milhofer & Malachy Frame

Britten  War Requiem

To commemorate the centenary of the ending of the Great War, the Bardi are joined by Leicestershire’s three leading Choirs in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s powerfully moving War Requiem.


De Montfort Hall Concert            

Sunday 17th February 2019      


Conductor: Claus Efland                

Viennese Concert – to include

Johann Strauss I & II – Waltzes, Polkas, Marches
Schubert – Symphony No.8 ‘Unfinished’
Von Suppe – Light Cavalry overture

Vienna is celebrated in style by the Bardi in music by Johann Strauss Father & Son, including the Radetsky March and The Blue Danube Waltz. Schubert’s 8th Symphony, his ‘Unfinished’ and the rousing Light Cavalry Overture are also in the programme.


De Montfort Hall Concert          

Sunday 24th March 2019                                  


Conductor: Claus Efland                                  

With Dance Activate

Ballet Concert – to include  Tchaikovsky  – The Nutcracker Act 2

Following the successful collaboration with the Bardi last season in Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, Dance Activate return in a Ballet Gala concert which includes the 2nd Act of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

De Montfort Hall Concert          

Sunday 19th May 2019                                    


Conductor: Claus Efland
Piano: Katya Apekisheva

Northern Rhapsodies

Sibelius – Karelia Suite
Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Nielsen – Symphony No.5

Russian-born Pianist Katya Apekisheva makes a welcome return in a performance of Rachmaninov’s famous Paganini Variations while Sibelius’s popular Karelia Suite and Nielsen’s powerful 5th Symphony complete the Bardi’s final concert of the season.


Please click on the De Montfort Hall link on the home page to book tickets for the 4 DMH concerts.


Season Tickets in three price levels are available for the 4 De Montfort Hall Concerts. £ 32  £44  £52


Please go to the Haymarket Theatre Booking Office 0116 2961236 to purchase tickets for the first concert of the season.
The Haymarket Theatre Box Office is open 12noon – 2pm only Monday-Friday
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Bardi Wind Orchestra Gala Concert Stage & Screen Spectacular!


The Bardi Wind Orchestra conducted by Music Director David Calow presented a “Stage and Screen Spectacular!” at De Montfort Hall on Sunday 24th June at 5pm. The Charity Gala Concert was again in association with Oadby and Wigston Lions Club and supported the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre Children’s Heart Hospital Relocation. An enthusiastic audience enjoyed the mix of well known favourites from the musicals and movies including Superman, Titanic, Schindler’s List, The Mission, Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, Chariots of Fire and ending with a rousing Sound of Music sing-a-long! The encores included a 75th Anniversary tribute to The Dam Busters and the march from Wallace and Gromit!

Martin Ballard from BBC Radio Leicester was the compère and the soloist were Soprano Jenny Saunders and Tenor David Morris.

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!