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Bardi Symphony Orchestra 2018/19 Season

Welcome to the Bardi Symphony Orchestra's 2018/19 season. Formed in 1986 by founder Dr Andrew Constantine the Bardi Symphony Orchestra derives its name from the Italian Count Giovanni Bardi who was associated with new ideas and approaches to the performance of music in the sixteenth century.

Saturday 10 November 7.30pm

Claus Efland
Ilona Domnich, Mark Milhofer and Malachy Frame soloists
With Leicester Philharmonic Choir, Leicester Bach Choir and Leicestershire Chorale

BRITTEN War Requiem

To commemorate the centenary of the ending of the Great War, the Bardi is joined by Leicestershire’s three leading choirs in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s powerfully moving War Requiem.

Sunday 17 February 3pm

Claus Efland conductor

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 and son, including the Radetsky March and The Blue Danube Waltz. Schubert’s Eighth Symphony, his ‘Unfinished’ and the rousing Light Cavalry overture are also in the programme.

Sunday 24 March 3pm

Claus Efland conductor
TCHAIKOVSKY 2nd Act The Nutcracker

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 second act of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Sunday 19 May 3pm

Claus Efland conductor
Katya Apekisheva piano

SIBELIUS Karelia Suite
RACHMANINOV Paganini Variations
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 Fifth Symphony complete the Bardi’s final concert of the season.

Tickets £18 £16 £11
Concessions £16.50 £14.50 £90.50
NUS/Under 16s £3
Season subscriptions available

24/03/2019 to 19/05/2019
Philharmonia Season 2018/19

Welcome to the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2018/19 season.

Bringing together brilliant artists with some of the greatest music ever written, there is something for everyone to be thrilled, inspired or challenged by in seven concerts and free talks.

Friday 26 October 7.30pm

Clemens Schuldt conductor
Kit Armstrong piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

Friday 16 November 7.30pm

Anthony Weeden conductor

Wednesday 5 December 7.30pm

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Sophie Bevan soprano
STRAUSS Suite, Der Rosenkavalier
STRAUSS Four Last Songs
STRAUSS Eine Alpensinfonie

Saturday 19 January 7.30pm

Martyn Brabbins conductor
Laurent Ben Slimane bass clarinet
ELGAR Introduction and Allegro
Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Themeby Thomas Tallis
BRITTEN The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Friday 29 March 7.30pm

Xian Zhang conductor
Alina Pogostkina violin
BRAHMS Violin Concerto

Sunday 12 May 3pm

Paavo Jarvi conductor
Viktoria Mullova violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
PART Fratres
PART Passacaglia
SIBELIUS Serenade No. 2
SIBELIUS Humoresque No. 2
SIBELIUS Humoresque No. 5
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

Saturday 1 June 7.30pm

Pablo Heras-Casado conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
MENDELSSOHN Overture, The Hebrides
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

Tickets £37.50 £30.50 £24.50 £18.50 £13.50
NUS/Under 25s £5 (excludes top price tickets)
Half price tickets available for recipients of Pension Credit and Universal Credit

29/03/2019 to 01/06/2019

After the success of last year’s huge sell-out theatre tour, Collabro are going back on the road with a mammoth 51 dates across the UK.

Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group, met in 2014 for their first rehearsal at a London pub, just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of Stars for the Britain’s Got Talent judges.

Having triumphed in their semi-final heat with over 63% of the votes, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever. This subsequently led to them joining Simon Cowell’s label Syco, and hence becoming label-mates with the likes of One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle and Il Divo.

Tickets £44 £34 £21 VIP* £130.50 £100.50

*Collabro Diamond VIP Package £130.50 (only available via See and Ticketmaster)
Seated on the front row
Meet the members of Collabro and have your photo taken with them pre-show
A personalised signed photo of the group
VIP gift chosen by Collabro
Tour specific diamond VIP package laminate
Entry into a prize draw to win a box for the Royal Albert Hall show**

*Collabro Gold VIP Package £100.50 (only available via See and Ticketmaster)
A top price seat
Meet the members of Collabro and have your photo taken with them pre-show
A pre-signed photo of the group
VIP gift chosen by Collabro
Tour specific gold VIP package laminate
Entry into a prize draw to win a box for the Royal Albert Hall show**

Doors 7pm - please note this is the time the hall opens not necessarily the starting time of the performance.

**Message from Collabro:
As part of our very special journey, we'd love fans to join us on the final night of the tour, at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall! So, anyone who purchases a VIP Diamond or Gold ticket at any date on the tour will be entered into a draw. One lucky winner will win a VIP box at the Royal Albert Hall for them and four friends. Plus, the chance to come backstage for a private meet and greet with Collabro before the show. http://officialcollabro.com/

13/04/2019 19:00
An Evening with Katherine Jenkins

Britain’s best-selling classical artist of the last 25 years, Katherine Jenkins OBE has announced the release of her new album Guiding Light, out 30 November via Decca Records. The release is also accompanied by the announcement of Katherine’s new 2019 tour An Evening With Katherine Jenkins.

For Katherine, the new album represents the culmination of a deeply emotional journey which began when her beloved father, Selwyn, died and found a new path when she became a mother. It is an album which speaks of life, hope, acceptance and a universal spirituality, and for Katherine there is a sense of a greater purpose to her performance.

Katherine will be touring new album, Guiding Light this spring and will be joined by one of the UK’s most versatile orchestras, The London Concert Orchestra, under Musical Director Anthony Inglis for the majority of the tour.  The orchestra can be heard regularly at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall, providing audiences with an eclectic repertoire from popular classics and opera, to hits from films and musicals. The London Concert Orchestra has worked with Katherine for the last two years in her series of hugely popular Christmas concerts.

Tickets £56.50 £41 £31
Diamond package £166.50
Gold package £86.50


14/05/2019 19:00
Leicester Symphony Orchestra 2018/19 Season

The Leicester Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1922 by Dr (later Sir) Malcolm Sargent, then a local parish organist and chorus master. The orchestra continues the Sargent tradition of recruiting talented local players and bringing to Leicester soloists of international calibre and fame, to give the people of Leicester symphonic music of the highest possible standard. 
Sunday 4 November 3pm

John Andrews conductor

GLINKA Overture Espagnole*
LALO Symphonie Espagnole*
RIMSKY KORSAKOV Capriccio Espagnole
BIZET Carmen Suite*

*With dancers for full or part of piece

2pm Free pre-concert talk with Miss Ann Oliver MBE

Saturday 9 March 7.30pm

John Andrews conductor
With Leicester Philharmonic Choir

WILLIAMS Close Encounters
HOLST The Planets - with Leicester Philharmonic Choir

6.30pm Free pre-concert talk

Retiring collection for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal

Sunday 9 June 3pm

John Andrews conductor
Guy Johnston cello

ELGAR Cello Concerto
DVORAK New World Symphony

2pm Free pre-concert talk with Guy Johnston

Tickets £19 £16 £12
NUS/Under 25s £5
Family tickets (two adults and up to three children) £35 side/rear circles £25 upper circle
Season subscription tickets available

09/06/2019 15:00
Bardi Wind Orchestra Summer Charity Gala Concert

David Calow conductor

Martin Ballard
from BBC Radio Leicester compere
Jenny Saunders and David Morris vocal soloists

The Bardi Wind Orchestra under conductor David Calow return for their annual De Montfort Hall Summer Charity Gala Concert again in association with Oadby and Wigston Lions Club.

This year the orchestra is proud to be supporting the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
The Sunday afternoon Gala Concert promises to be another feast of popular music for all the family.

Tickets £15 £12.50 £10
Concessions £13.50 £11 £8.50
NUS and 18s and under £3

Family Ticket (two adults and two children) £29 £24 £20
Family Ticket (one adult and three children) £20 £18 £16

16/06/2019 15:00
Leicester Philharmonic Choir

Stephen Bullamore conductor
Instruments of Time and Truth orchestra

MOZART Mass in C Minor
LINLEY Let God Arise

This concert includes works written by two friends, both born in 1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Thomas Linley. Linley was only 17 when he composed Let God Arise, while the Mass in C Minor is one of Mozart’s last works written when he was 27.

Inspired by the name of a 1757 Handel oratorio, Instruments of Time and Truth is a period instrument ensemble, which aims to present world-class performances of baroque and classical music.

Tickets £24 £20 £10
Over 60s top price tickets only £22
Under 25s all tickets £5

29/06/2019 19:30
Organ Recital & Concert
An evening of organ and choral classics with the Leicester Cathedral Choir and Leicester Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, including:

Programme to Elegy Thalben-Ball
Carillon de Westminster Vierne
Requiem Faure

Christopher Ouvry-Johns Conductor
David Cowen Organ

Tickets £7.50
Students £5
Children under 16 free with a paying adult

02/07/2019 19:30