30th April 2021
After 11 years as Chairman of the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, Colin Blackler stood down in November 2020. As a non-player, but with an extensive background in local musical theatre and performance, his contribution to the development of both the Bardi Symphony and the Bardi Wind Orchestras was immense and varied from compering the ever popular Bardi Wind Christmas concerts, to firing the cannon in performances of the 1812 Overture! At the same time his wisdom and professional knowledge was invaluable in guiding sound decision making within the Bardi committee.
Marking his retirement a very special gift was commissioned from professional artist and Bardi Wind Orchestra conductor David Calow. The cartoon portrait of Colin is full of reminders of his long association with Bardi. Pandemic lockdowns thwarted plans for a formal presentation at a gathering of the Orchestra so the artist was pleased to present the gift to a delighted Colin in his garden in the warm April sunshine. Thank you Colin, from the Bardi Symphony and Wind Orchestra!