Bardi Wind a triumph at De Montfort Hall

13th June 2022

For the second time in just over a week the Bardi Wind assembled to provide an exciting concert in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee in this, the Wind Orchestra’s 30th year!

Following their appearance at Hinckley’s Hollycroft Park, where an audience of thousands celebrated the Platinum Jubilee in the sunshine with picnics, they appeared this time on the concert platform at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall giving their annual charity concert in association with the Oadby & Wigston Lions Club on Sunday 12 June.

A large contingent of civic dignitaries attended in support of this year’s nominated charity, Your Local Air Ambulance. The specially devised programme celebrated the Platinum Jubilee with 70 years of popular music associated with Her Majesty the Queen. It was presented by popular local compere Martin Ballard. Jenny Saunders and David Morris provided vocal items and the programme ended with a rousing ‘Last Night of the Proms’ finale which left the audience shouting for encores.

Photos: Neville Chadwick Photography


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Bardi Wind celebrate the Jubilee in style at Hollycroft Park

5th June 2022

The Bardi Wind Orchestra got the Queen‘s Platinum Jubilee celebrations off to a fine start in Hinckley at the beginning of the long Bank Holiday weekend. 

After a highly successful appearance at the town’s Hollycroft Park last summer, the BWO were invited to return for this special concert. Joined by popular vocal soloists Jenny Saunders and David Morris, and conducted by BWO’s conductor David Calow, the Orchestra held the attention of the picnicking audience until late in the evening. The weather was very kind and players eyes widened as more and more audience poured into the park before the concert – last year’s audience was large but this year exceeded all expectations. Those who could get a spot in front of the Orchestra happily sat under the trees at the side (where the view was limited) with their picnics and sang along anyway! As this was a free event it was not possible to get an accurate count of the audience, but it was thought to be several thousand (possibly ten thousand) and certainly the BWO’s biggest audience ever!

If you missed the concert, don’t worry the Orchestra will be doing it all over again at De Montfort Hall in Leicester on Sunday 12 June at 3pm. 


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Bardi Wind visit Air Ambulance HQ ahead of charity concert

25th May 2022

Bardi Wind Orchestra Conductor David Calow, Orchestra Manager Robert Calow and Oboist Janet Hopkins along David Swanson and Jenny Fyfe, Chair of Oadby & Wigston Lions Club recently visited the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance HQ at Coventry Airport. 

The Bardi Wind Orchestra, in conjunction with Oadby and Wigston Lions Club, have presented a major charity fundraising concert each year since 2009 at De Montfort Hall delighting audiences and raising many thousands of pounds for good causes over the succeeding years. The concert supports a different charity each year and this year is the turn of the local Air Ambulance.

At the airport BWO members and the Lions met Air Ambulance Paramedic Paul Mullins and Paramedic/Airbase Manager Pippa Gibbs who showed them around. They were able learn more about the vital life-saving work of the organisation which receives no public funding and is dependent on private fundraising.

During the visit they were also able to see some of the equipment in use which includes ambulance cars for difficult to reach incidents when helicopter landings are not possible in the immediate vicinity of an incident, the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot to promote the 2022 Charity Concert.

The 2022 concert supporting our local Air Ambulance takes place at De Montfort Hall in Leicester on Sunday 12th June at 3pm. 


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