The Bardi Symphony Orchestra started the new season at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall with a concert of works by Mozart and Bruckner in “Austrian Connections”.
The Orchestra’s own wind soloists began the concert with Mozart’s sublime Concertante for Winds and orchestra, with the towering “Romantic” fourth symphony by Bruckner as a contrast in the second half
A Pre-concert talk at 2.30pm was hosted by John Florance and included contributions from Bardi Symphony Orchestra conductor Claus Efland and Bardi Wind Orchestra conductor David Calow. The Symphony Orchestra’s principal horn Mark Penny also demonstrated the instrument including a “horn” made from a hosepipe and funnel!
Photos by Robert Calow show the Bardi’s own Wind Soloists rehearsing the Mozart in St Nicholas Hall, Leicester Grammar School.
The Bardi Symphony Orchestra under their Music Director Claus Efland concluded the De Montfort Hall “Gigs in the Gardens” concert series in style with a superb concert of music from the Stage and Big Screen. Suites from Les Miserables, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and The Sound of Music contrasted with big screen hits including The Big Country, Gabriel’s Oboe, The Pink Panther, Moon River, James Bond, Out of Africa, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars. There was something for everyone who attended!
The concert, which saw an enthusiastic audience of over 1750 including many families and youngsters, ended with a firework finale to a selection of John Williams’ greatest hits; Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, Indiana Jones, ET and Harry Potter!
The Bardi Wind Orchestra under the baton of Music Director David Calow performed at the 2019 Bradgate Proms on Saturday August 17th to another capacity audience. This was the Wind Orchestra’s fourth appearance at the Bradgate Proms and after the flag-waving “Last Night of the Proms” the finale to the concert was TheDam Busters with fireworks lighting up the ruins of Lady Jane Grey’s castle.
Regular soloists soprano Jenny Saunders and tenor David Morris sang classics and popular standards including Summertime, My Heart Will Go On, Nessun Dorma and Come Fly with Me! Jenny and David then joined each other in A Whole New World from Disney’s Aladdin and a moving performance of Time to say Goodbye.
The whole evening was again expertly compèred by Colin Blackler.
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.