Christmas traditions in Australia, guitar arrangements, and Christmas music, Craig Ogden explains the magic behind his latest album, Christmas Time.
Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.
Life and Music
- Craig's 3rd album for Classic FM, Christmas Time, is out on November 25th and features a range of festive favourites.
- Craig’s debut solo album for Classic FM, 'The Guitarist' went straight to Number 1 in the classical charts.
- Craig Ogden studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen.
- He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major London venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican and collaborates regularly with many of the UK's top artists and ensembles.
- Craig Ogden is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
- Ogden's recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion and Sony have received wide acclaim.
- BBC Music Magazine dubbed Ogden 'a worthy successor to Julian Bream' and his debut solo CD for Nimbus Records of 20th Century Classics by British composers was nominated for a Grammy Award.
- He has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras including the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, CBSO, RLPO and BBC NOW, and also in Russia, Sweden, South Africa, the USA, Latvia, and Australia.
- His second album Summertime features soothing guitar favourites and film themes as never heard before, plus fantastic new arrangements of music from Mozart, Faure and Satie.
Did you know?
In 2004 Craig was honoured by the Royal Northern College of Music with a Fellowship in recognition of his achievements. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received this award from the RNCM.
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