Fantasy & Adventure! The Bardi Wind Orchestra at De Montfort Hall

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

and many more!

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The Bardi end the De Montfort Hall Season in style with Northern Rhapsodies

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.


An afternoon at the ballet

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


Tchaikovsky  The 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 Act of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

The Bardi New Year started in Vienna!

 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.

A Centennial Thank You from the Oadby & Wigston Lions to Robert and David Calow

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.

The Bardi marked the centenary of the end of the Great War with the War Requiem by Britten

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 new season at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre on Sunday 7th October!

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.

Bardi Wind Orchestra perform to a sell-out Bradgate Proms!

The Bardi Wind Orchestra under the baton of Music Director David Calow performed at the third Bradgate Proms to an audience of over 900 on Saturday August 18th 2018.
The music showcased the best of Stage and Screen with a last Night of the Proms Firework Finale to the stirring Dam Busters March.
Bardi Chairman Colin Blackler was the compère with local soloists Soprano Jenny Saunders and Tenor David Morris.
The Wind Orchestra have already been invited back for the 4th Bradgate Prom in August 2019.

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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