The Bardi Wind Orchestra was founded from the extended wind, brass and percussion of the Bardi Symphony Orchestra by Robert and David Calow.
This Leicester-based ensemble was formed with the aim of performing the original repertoire written for ‘symphonic winds’, from the works of Holst, Grainger and Vaughan Williams to the ‘High School Band’ works from America by Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Hindemith. More recent concerts have shown the lighter side of the symphonic bands’ repertoire with selections from shows, the movies, TV themes and pop music.
Martin Slipp was the conductor for the Orchestra’s first two concerts after which David Calow was appointed Music Director. David has conducted every concert since.
The Bardi Wind Orchestra concerts are now much anticipated events drawing large and enthusiastic audiences to the high-profile Summer Charity Gala Concerts at De Montfort Hall, the Christmas Festival Concerts at Holy Trinity Church on Regent Road and the popular summer Bradgate Park Prom concerts.
Since 2004 the Bardi Wind Orchestra has supported:
2004 – Rainbows 10th Anniversary Firework concert “Magic of the Movies”
2005 – Rainbows Open Air Firework concert“The Magic of the Musicals”
2005 – De Montfort Hall debut of the Orchestra, celebrating of 100 years of the Leicester General Hospital and the Lord Mayor’s Kidney Care Appeal
2006 – LOROS 20th Anniversary Concert
2007 – HOPE Against Cancer – ‘Wind Brass and All That Jazz’
2008 – LOROS
2009 – Official concert celebrating Leicester hosting the Special Olympics and first concert in association with Oadby & Wigston Lions Club
2010 – Rainbows Hospice
2011 – ‘Help for Heroes’
2012 – ABF (The Soldiers’ Charity)
2013 – HOPE Against Cancer – 10th Anniversary Concert
2014 – Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre in Mablethorpe
2015 – Wishes 4 Kids
2016 – Menphys
2017 – Motor Neurone Disease Association.
2018 – East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre- Children’s Heart Hospital Relocation
2019 – Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance