6th October, 2021
Sunday 10 October at 3pm
De Montfort Hall
A programme with lots of local interest!
After their long enforced absence from the concert platform, the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Claus Efland, are opening the 2021-22 De Montfort Hall season in real style this Sunday with an exciting programme that features lots of local talent!
The concert gets off to a rousing start with Elgar’s arrangement of Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in C minor before the first half concludes with Mendelssohn’s magnificent Violin Concerto with violinist Amalia Young. Now based between Oxford and London, Amalia was born and received her early education in Leicester continuing her studies at the Royal College of Music and is now undertaking a masters degree at Oxford University. She has performed extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician across London and has also performed in America at the New England Conservatory and in Boston. Amalia makes a welcome return to playing with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra having made her concerto debut with the Orchestra in 2016 after winning the 2016 Bardi Young Musician Competition.
The renowned De Montfort Hall organ features in Saint Saëns’ ever-popular Organ Symphony in this centenary year of the composer’s death. Playing the organ in the symphony is the Leicester Cathedral Organist and well known local musician David Cowen. David has a varied career as a soloist, accompanist and teacher, he has toured internationally to France, Germany and Japan and made several recordings. He works regularly with choirs, in particular with Leicestershire Chorale, and is also a committed teacher regularly leading classes and workshops, and is currently an Individual Music teacher at Loughborough Schools Foundation.