2019 Bardi Young Musicians Sofia Demetriadesand Ailsa Burns, both talented violinists, played with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Guest Conductor Paul Hilliam to a large audience in Fraser Noble Hall, London Road, Leicester on Sunday 7th July. Their performances captivated the enthusiastic audience who were amazed at the skill and talent of the young soloists.
Ten year old Sofia played Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.1 whilst Ailsa, 18 played Vaughan Williams’ ever-popular The Lark Ascending.
Other works in the concert included the St.Paul’s Suite by Holst and Mozart Symphony No.40 in G Minor.
Sunday 6 October 3pm 2019 Austrian Connections Claus Efland – conductor Bardi Wind Soloists Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante for Winds K297b Bruckner – Symphony No.4 “Romantic” The Bardi’s new season opens with well-known music from two great Austrian composers. The Orchestra’s own wind soloists begin the concert with Mozart’s sublime Concertante for Winds, with the towering “Romantic” fourth symphony by Bruckner as a contrast in the second half.
Sunday 1 December 3pm 2019 Tchaikovsky and the Violin Claus Efland – conductor Natalia Lomeiko – violin Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel Overture Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto Dvorák – Symphony No.7 in D minor Popular concert hall favourites feature in the Bardi’s second concert of the season. The magical overture to Hansel and Gretel is followed by Tchaikovsky’s powerful Violin Concerto with rising star Natalie Lomeiko as the soloist. Dvorák’s seventh symphony, a work more in the style of Brahms but still featuring the composer’s Bohemian melodies, completes the concert.
Sunday 15 March 3pm 2020 A Young Person’s introduction to the Symphony Orchestra Richard Laing – guest conductor and host To include:. Benjamin Britten – A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (with narrator) Join the Bardi to learn about the instruments of the Symphony Orchestra, in a feast of popular classical and film music for all the family hosted by Guest Conductor Richard Laing. The concert will include a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” .
Sunday 17 May 3pm 2020 Elgar Concert Claus Efland – conductor Lydia Shelley – cello Serenade for Strings Cello Concerto Symphony No.1 The Bardi’s De Montfort Hall season finale sees three works showing different sides of one of England’s greatest composers, Sir Edward Elgar. The first half has the delightful String Serenade contrasting strongly with the passionate and powerful Cello Concerto. The mighty First Symphony brings the concert to a magnificent conclusion with one of Elgar’s most inspired themes.
For ticket information: De Montfort Hall Box Office: 0116 233 3111 demontforthall.co.uk
Sunday June 16th 3pm Join the Bardi Wind Orchestra under the baton of Music Director David Calow for their annual Family Gala Concert in association with Oadby & Wigston Lions Club. The Orchestra welcomes back Compère Martin Ballard from BBC Radio Leicester, Soprano Jenny Saunders and Tenor David Morris for this concert which will be supporting the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
Summon the Heroes Game of Thrones 633 Squadron Saving Private Ryan Bohemian Rhapsody Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines Thunderbirds and Stingray The Greatest Showman Suite Music from Harry Potter, ET and Indiana Jones Mary Poppins Suite sing-a-long
The Bardi Symphony Orchestra ended the 2018/19 De Montfort Hall Season in style with their “Northern Rhapsodies” concert on Sunday 19th May at 3pm.
The concert began with a stirring performance of the Karelia Suite by Sibelius. Piano soloist Katya Apekisheva then treated the audience to a stunning rendition of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Nielsen’s 5th symphony concluded the concert. This was only the second time this work, Denmark’s “National symphony” had been performed at De Montfort Hall.
A large and enthusiastic audience attended a concert of ballet favourites!
Sunday 24th March 2019 3pm
De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
Delibes – Mazurka from Coppelia
Gounod – Ballet music from Faust
Ponchielli – Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda
TchaikovskyThe Nutcracker complete 2nd Act
Following the successful collaboration with the Bardi in Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, Dance Activate with Principal Dancers from English Youth Ballet returned in a Ballet Concert which included the 2nd Actof Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
The Bardi Symphony Orchestra presented ‘A Viennese Concert’ on Sunday February 17th 3.00pm
The concert illustrated different facets of Viennese musical life in the 19th Century, with the first half featuring a performance of Schubert’s much-loved ‘Unfinished’ Symphony No.8.
The second half, the Orchestra with their Music Director Claus Efland, who has a particular affinity with this music, moved to the glittering occasions in society. There were waltzes, marches and polkas by the Strauss family and others some more familiar some less (and including one irresistible offering from Denmark!).
The concert would not have been complete without ‘The Beautiful Blue Danube’ by Johann Strauss and the events were rounded off with a rousing ‘Radetsky March’ for the audience to warm their hands before setting off into the darkening February afternoon.
Oadby & Wigston Lions Club presented the first of its ‘Centennial Certificate of Appreciation’ awards to Robert and David Calow.
Robert is the Orchestra Manager and David the Orchestra Conductor of the Bardi Wind Orchestra. Together the Bardi Wind Orchestra and the Lions Club have staged a Charity Concert at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester every year for the past nine years. Each year the concert has helped a different charity and has raised thousands of pounds over the nine years.
The award gave the Lions Club a way of saying a BIG thank you to Robert, David and the Bardi Wind Orchestra. The next charity concert will be on the 16th June in aid of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.
Picture: (L to R) Robert Calow Orchestra Manager, Richard Darlaston Vice President of Oadby & Wigston Lions club, David Calow Orchestra Conductor.
To mark the centenary of the end of the Great War and the armistice, the Bardi Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Claus Efland performed the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten. The concert took place on Saturday 10th November at 7.30pm at De Montfort Hall, Leicester in font of a large and attentive audience. Before the concert, John Florance and Orchestra leader Adam Summerhayes discussed the Craiglockhart Violins and Adam played a meditation on the “Robert Graves” violin.
The Orchestra was joined for the first time by all four of Leicester and Leicestershire’s leading choirs; The Leicester Bach Choir, Leicestershire Chorale, The Leicester Philharmonic Choir and Leicester Cathedral Choristers. Three outstanding soloists sang; Soprano Ilona Domnich, Tenor Mark Milhofer and Baritone Malachy Frame.
The Bardi opened the 2018/19 Season at the newly refurbished Leicester Haymarket Theatre.
Music Director Claus Efland conducted a concert of popular favourites which began with The Hebrides Overture “Fingal’s Cave” by Mendelssohn.
Then the Bard’s Principal Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn from the Orchestra were showcased in Mozart’s Wind Sinfonia Concertante K297b.
The concert concluded with a magnificent performance of the First Symphony by Brahms.
The Bardi Symphony Orchestra performed their annual concert at Leicester Grammar School on Saturday 15th September. The concert featured concerto movements and solo items by LGS students and a performance of the suite from The Sound of Music and Mendelssohn’s 4th symphony “The Italian”.