9th November, 2021
The Bardi Symphony Orchestra joined up with young musicians from partner organisation Leicester Grammar School on Saturday 6 November in an imaginative concert entitled ‘A set works concert’. A sizeable audience made up of parents and a lot of students enjoyed a chronological whistle-stop trip through the history of music from Bach to themes from the 21st century musical Wicked via Haydn and Star Wars!
All the works featured were from the current examination syllabus providing students and parents with an opportunity to hear the pieces live. Players from the Grammar School sat alongside Bardi players and, in turn, accompanied five of their fellow students in movements from five different concertos, with some players even slipping out of the orchestra when it was their turn to play solo. Informative commentary in between each piece guided listeners through some of the intricacies of composition and music history whilst interactive technology enabled listeners to vote on various aspects of the proceedings.
The Bardi has long recognised the importance of initiatives such as this annual concert with young players in helping the players of tomorrow to develop their skills.