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Tue 19 Sep 2017

Listen to Craig live this evening

Listen to Craig play live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune tonight around 6.15pm

His programme will include

Lachrimae Pavane - John Dowland

Sarabande and Bourree from Lute Suite no.1 (Bach)

Spanish Dance no.5 - Enrique Granados

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b094sxfd

Tue 27 Jun 2017

Summertime Deluxe is Classic FM's Album of the Week

Craig's Summertime Deluxe is ‘album of the week’ this week on John Suchet's Classic FM show. A piece will be played every day this week between 10 and 10.15 am - hope you enjoy! More info

Wed 21 Jun 2017

New album release today!

Craig is delighted to announce the release of his album Summertime Deluxe on Classic FM today! Summertime was originally released in 2011 - this special deluxe version celebrates Classic FM's 25th Anniversary with 3 brand new and exclusive bonus tracks. Classic FM's Composer-in-Residence Debbie Wiseman has written a brand new composition especially for this album, alongside a stunning arrangement by Classic FM presenter John Brunning, plus a solo rendition of one of Craig's personal favourites by Agustín Barrios.

http://www.classicfm.com/store/craig-ogden-summertime-deluxe/

Tue 20 Jun 2017

Dankworth Family Festival

Craig is looking forward to performing with Jacqui Dankworth at the Dankworth Family Festival on Sat 15 July at 12pm. The venue is the wonderful gardens of Dame Cleo Laine's house The Old Rectory in Wavendon. The festival is packed with world-class artists all weekend including John Williams, Lesley Garrett, Emma Johnson and the Brodsky Quartet

Http://www.perdido.co.uk/dff

Mon 05 Jun 2017

New collaboration with Jacqui Dankworth

Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui’s unique musical palette also draws on folk, soul, classical, blues and numerous other influences. In her concert appearances, including those with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, as well as her stylistically diverse recordings, she displays a virtuosic, seemingly effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres.

Jacqui heard Craig on Classic FM recently and was so moved by his playing that she asked if they could record an album together. The combination of classical guitar and voice is one Jacqui is familiar with, having grown up with John Williams and Cleo Laine around the house! The sound is classic, timeless, and one of delicate beauty. Their programme includes a diverse mixture of intimate songs by everyone from Paul Simon and James Taylor to Henry Mancini and Michel Legrand.

A collaboration between two artists from different musical worlds, based around an exquisite collection of songs, performed by two master musicians at the top of their game.

Look out for concert dates around the UK.

"One of our finest singers regardless of category" The Times
“Mr. Ogden…proved a polished soloist in colorful, technically demanding works” New York Times

Tue 16 May 2017

New recording for Classic FM

Craig enjoyed a great recording session for Classic FM last week at London's Metropolis Studios recording three new tracks to be added as 'bonus tracks' to a re-release of Craig's hugely successful CFM album 'Summertime'. Classic FM's composer in residence Debbie Wiseman and Drivetime's John Brunning have both composed new pieces for Craig which will be included on the CD. More soon!

Wed 22 Feb 2017

New CD to be played on Classic FM

Classic FM are playing tracks from Craig's new CD Love's Philosophy (Rubicon Classics​) on Thursday 23 Feb evening at around 10pm on the Margherita Taylor show, and on Sunday 26 Feb morning at around 11am on the Bill Turnbull show.

Hope you enjoy the tracks - if you do, it would be great if you could send in a request next week for Ann Marie Minhall to play a track by going to the website below.

http://classicfm.com/radio/shows-presenters/anne-marie-minhall

Wed 01 Feb 2017

Recording Session with Jacqui Dankworth

Craig has just completed a recording session with the fabulous vocalist Jacqui Dankworth for their new CD -
wonderful songs by Paul Simon, Michel Legrand, Tom Waits and James Taylor to name but a few. The CD is going to be truly stunning!

Sun 01 Jan 2017

New CD release on the Rubicon label

Craig is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of a new album on the Rubicon label. The CD features music by the Belfast born composer Brian Knowles:
Guitar Concerto ‘Visiones de Andalucia’
Poco Rondo for solo guitar
Eight Songs for tenor & guitar
Fond Farewell for guitar & orchestra

http://rubiconclassics.com/release/

Sun 01 Jan 2017

New video - Craig plays Scarlatti

Craig has a new video filmed with Classic FM. See the media page to view.

http://craigogden.com/news.php

Tue 08 Nov 2016

Craig's new website is on its way!

We're really excited to let you know that Craig's new website will be launched in the next few days - please check back soon to take a look around - there will be lots more videos and info on recordings, as well as the usual info on concert dates etc.

Sat 22 Oct 2016

Craig stepping in for Milos UK concerts

Craig has again been invited to step in at the last minute for Miloš Karadaglić who has had to withdraw from his UK concert tour with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble due to his recurring hand injury.

The programme is Bach to the Beatles and Craig will have his head down learning all the new Beatles arrangements in one week ready for the first concert in Canterbury on 28 October, so audiences can enjoy the same programme they booked for with Miloš.

The concerts Craig will be doing are as follows:

Friday 28 October - Canterbury Festival - Shirley Hall

Friday 11 November - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Saturday 3 December - Sage, Gateshead

Thursday 8 December - St. David's Hall, Cardiff

Friday 20 January 2017 - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester as part of Craig Ogden's Big Guitar Weekend

Please look at the concerts page for more information about each event

Mon 03 Oct 2016

Craig on BBC In Tune 3 October

Craig is looking forward to performing on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on Monday 3 October, hosted by Suzy Klein and broadcasting from the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall.

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Spanish Symphony Orchestra - London

Following his concert with the Spanish Symphony Orchestra in Madrid, Craig will be performing Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" at London's Cadogan Hall on Tuesday 4 October. For more info, please visit Cadogan Hall.

Fri 05 Aug 2016

The Big Feastival at Alex James' Farm, The Cotswolds 26-28 August

Craig's going to be playing at The Big Feastival again this year - come and listen as he opens the Bandstand set on Sunday 28 August 11.30am - 12.00pm. More info

Mon 04 Jul 2016

Craig joins the Dankworth Family Festival 17 July 2016

Craig is looking forward to performing in the magical garden setting of  the Dankworth family home in Wavendon, Buckinghamshire. Over the weekend 15 - 17 July, the Dankworth family and friends get together for a weekend of world class performances.  Dame Cleo Laine plays host to a stellar lineup of artists as she once again opens to the public her enchanting private gardens at the Old Rectory for the 2016 “Music In the Garden: a Dankworth Family Festival”.

Craig's performance will be on Sunday 17 July at 2.30pm, but check out the website for all the events of this wonderful, unique weekend festival.

Tue 12 Apr 2016

Craig performs with London Philharmonic Orchestra this Saturday

Craig Ogden will be stepping in again for Miloš Karadaglić who has had to withdraw from this performance.


7:30 PM, ​ BRIGHTON DOME, BRIGHTON


de Falla The Three-cornered Hat (Suite No. 2)
Rodrigo Fantasía para un gentilhombre
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

Jaime Martín conductor
Craig Ogden guitar
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Please visit the LPO website for more info.

Mon 21 Mar 2016

Craig to play on Radio 3 In Tune

Craig will be playing live on the Monday 21 March In Tune programme for BBC Radio 3 ahead of his concert with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall. More info here

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Craig stepping in for Milo?? in Royal Northern Sinfonia Tour this week

Craig has been invited to step in at the last minute for Miloš Karadaglić who has had to withdraw from his UK concert tour with the Royal Northern Sinfonia this week due to an injury.

The programme includes the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez and some solo works performed by Craig.

Craig's first concert as part of the tour was at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on Sunday. The remaining dates are as follows:

Wednesday 2 December - St David's Hall, Cardiff

Thursday 3 December - GLive Theatre, Guildford

Friday 4 December - Warwick Arts Centre

Saturday 5 December - Cadogan Hall, London

Sunday 6 December - The Sage, Gateshead

Please look at the concerts page for more information about each event

Sat 28 Nov 2015

Craig with Royal Northern Sinfonia on Sunday

Sunday Classics: Craig Ogden with Royal Northern Sinfonia

Craig Ogden will be stepping in to replace Miloš at the last minute, who must withdraw from his planned concert with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Usher Hall, Edinburgh this Sunday 29 November.

Craig is looking forward to working with the orchestra - please visit the concert page for information on tickets.

Prokofiev Classical Symphony
Barber Adagio for Strings
Solo guitar various
Mozart Symphony No.38
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez

Bradley Creswick, Director
Craig Ogden, Guitar

Wed 23 Sep 2015

Manchester Camerata - this weekend

Craig has stepped in at the last minute to replace Miloš Karadaglic who is unable to perform with Manchester Camerata this weekend due to a muscle strain. Craig will be performing the same programme and is really looking forward to working with the orchestra again.

Please visit the concerts page for details of the concerts this Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September in Manchester and Crewe.

Sun 19 Jul 2015

Craig to perform at Wilderness Festival - 9 August

Craig will be taking to the stage at the fabulous Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire this year. Craig will be performing around 4.30pm on Sunday 9 August on the Wilderness stage - check out the festival website for all the info

Thu 16 Jul 2015

Performance at the House of Commons

Yesterday Craig performed at the House of Commons at an event celebrating the UK radio industry.

Fri 10 Jul 2015

Guitar masterclass - vibrato, finger stretching and more!

Got any burning technical guitar questions? Check out my masterclass video at www.classicfm.com

Thu 09 Jul 2015

Craig interviewed for Culture Club

Enjoyed being interviewed by Classic FM's Charlotte Green for Culture Club - check it out at http://www.classicfm.com/radio/shows/charlotte-greens-culture-club/28-june-2015/

Mon 06 Jul 2015

Album No. 1 in the charts!

Craig's new album heads straight into the Official Classical Artists Chart at No. 1 . Thanks everyone!

Tue 16 Jun 2015

New CD - Craig Ogden and Friends

Craig's latest album for Classic FM is due to be released on 22 June. Entitled "Craig Ogden and Friends", it's a great selection of music including composers Bach, Ravel and Albeniz, alongside modern pieces from Einaudi, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Craig has also recorded tracks with some friends including flautist Gareth Davies, accordionist Miloš Milivojević, cellist Natalie Clein and pianist Ji Liu. You can currently pre-order the album on iTunesCraig_Ogden_And_Friends_300dpi and Amazon at the fantastic price of £8.99!

Tue 27 Jan 2015

Classic FM's request to help give a name to John Brunning's Guitar Concerto

Classic FM Drive presenter John Brunning has composed a guitar concerto - and he has asked for help from Classic FM listeners to give it a name before its world premiere by Craig Ogden.

John says "I’ve always been a fan of Craig’s playing & love his open mindedness when it comes to music, which is why I’m so delighted he’s going to be giving the premiere of my concerto on February 21st".

The premiere performance will take place with the Norwich Pops Orchestra at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich. For more info on how to give the concerto a name, please visit the Classic FM website.

Tue 13 Jan 2015

Listen to Craig On BBC Radio 3 In Tune - Tuesday 14 January 4.30pm

Craig will be appearing on BBC Radio 3's live drive-time programme In Tune on 14th Jan for a short interview with Suzy Klein at BBC Broadcasting House and to perform in the studio. Craig will be performing the following live on air at around 4.30pm:

Prelude to the 2nd Lute Suite - Bach

First Movement - Sonata by Turina

Torre Bermeja - Albeniz

The programme will also be streamed live on the BBC Radio 3 website, and will be available as 'audio on demand' for seven days after the broadcast.

More info




Thu 11 Dec 2014

Rare performance opportunity - Bath this Saturday 13/12/14

For all those in the Bath/Bristol area, please join Craig for an intimate recital at The Holburne Museum, Bath - this will be a very rare opportunity to hear all of the Bach lute suites in one concert. Originally written for the now obsolete lute harpsichord, these suites are masterful interpretations of the dance genres of Bach’s time. It is often said Bach had a particular passion for both the lute and the lute harpsichord. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear them!
Tickets available from 01225 388569
Click for more info


Thu 04 Dec 2014

Craig's Christmas Time Album released with 3 new carols for 2014!

In the spirit of Christmas, Craig has specially arranged and recorded 3 brand new bonus tracks for his Christmas Time album (originally released in November 2013). This special deluxe version for 2014 includes renditions of Gabriel’s Message, Joy to the World and O Come O Come Emanuel.

Enjoy stunning, smooth and serene solo guitar pieces alongside more upbeat tracks with string ensemble – all showcasing Craig’s beautiful playing style.

The perfect soundtrack to your festive celebrations.

Available now on itunes.

Thu 04 Dec 2014

Craig Ogden private recital prize for Auction

Craig has offered a private recital as an auction prize to support The Lawrence Home Nursing Team based in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

For a truly unique Christmas gift, why not bid to win a private recital by Craig in your own home for family and friends, or perhaps you would like it as a surprise birthday present, a dinner party or for a family gathering outdoors in summer.

The charity is holding a ball at 6.45pm on Saturday 13 December at New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton Under Wychwood and the auction is going to be one of the event's highlights. Although all the tickets for the ball have been sold, anyone not attending who wishes to bid for Craig's private recital can contact Peter Hilling in advance to let him know how much they are prepared to bid so that he can do so on their behalf. Contact: Peter Hilling, Chairman of the Shipton Charity Ball Committee - peterhilling@fsmail.net Tel: 01993 830656.

Craig Ogden is one of the UK’s most recorded guitarists. His recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Craig is Classic FM's most play-listed artist with three number one recordings on Classic FM's own CD label. Craig has performed concertos with all of the principal UK orchestras plus many abroad in countries including Latvia, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Australia. He has also performed on film and television soundtracks including the British hit Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.

Thu 10 Jul 2014

Summer Guitar - straight into classical chart at No. 1


CRAIG OGDEN
Scores his 3rd Classical No. 1 Album with
‘SUMMER GUITAR’

Released on 30th June 2014 on the Classic FM label

Chart-topping classical guitarist Craig Ogden lands his third Classical No. 1 with his new album ‘SUMMER GUITAR’ – out now on the Classic FM label. It follows the success of ‘The Guitarist’ and ‘Summertime’, which both shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart in summer 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Grammy-nominee Craig Ogden’s latest album is a collection of the coolest summer guitar classics, perfect for relaxing and unwinding. Featuring beautiful arrangements of hits by the Beatles (‘Here Comes the Sun’) and Sting (‘Fields of Gold’) alongside essential tracks by Einaudi (‘Due Tramonti’), Bizet (‘Habanera’) and Gershwin (‘Summertime’), plus a new piece composed by Craig himself (‘Land of the Rainbow Gold’), this is the definitive Classical album for the warm days to come.

Available on Amazon, iTunes and at selected Sainsbury's stores

Sun 22 Jun 2014

summer_guitar

Summer Guitar CD from Classic FM

Mon 16 Jun 2014

Craig's latest Classic FM CD release - Summer Guitar

Craig's latest collection of the coolest summer guitar classics. Includes beautiful arrangements of "Here Comes the Sun" and "Fields of Gold" alongside essential pieces by Einaudi ("Due Tramonti"), Bizet ("Habanera") and Gershwin ("Summertime").

Available to pre-order now via Amazon.

Mon 03 Mar 2014

Guitarist Craig OdgenPicture shows Professor and Dean of Manche

Picture by Jon Super.

Picture shows guitarist Craig Odgen, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England, Thursday Nov. 25, 2010. (Photo/Jon Super - jonsuper.com - 07974 356-333 )

Tue 03 Dec 2013

Christmas Time features as Album of the Week on John Suchet's Classic FM show

Craig's latest CD will be featured as album of the week from 2 December on John Suchet's morning show on Classic FM. For more information, visit http://www.classicfm.com/radio/shows/john-suchet/

Tue 26 Nov 2013

New Classic FM CD out now

Please click here for more information, together with details of forthcoming concerts.

Thu 21 Nov 2013

My latest CD for Classic FM will be released on the 25th November. Called "Christmas Time" it is a collection of the nation's favourite festive songs. There are solo guitar pieces as well as tracks with string ensemble. I really hope you enjoy it. The CD can be pre-ordered via Amazon and i-tunes. For more information, please visit http://www.classicfm.com/shop/cds/craig-ogden-christmas-time/

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
In the Bleak Midwinter
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Walking in the Air
Away in a Manger
Silent Night
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Once in Royal David's City
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
Fairytale of New York
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O Holy Night
Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar
Quelle est cette Odeur Agréable
Little Donkey



Thu 21 Nov 2013

New Christmas Time CD released for Classic FM on 25 November

My latest CD for Classic FM will be released on the 25th November. Called "Christmas Time" it is a collection of the nation's favourite festive songs. There are solo guitar pieces as well as tracks with string ensemble. I really hope you enjoy it. The CD can be pre-ordered via Amazon and i-tunes. For more information, please visit http://www.classicfm.com/shop/cds/craig-ogden-christmas-time/

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
In the Bleak Midwinter
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Walking in the Air
Away in a Manger
Silent Night
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Once in Royal David's City
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
Fairytale of New York
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O Holy Night
Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar
Quelle est cette Odeur Agréable
Little Donkey



Thu 26 Sep 2013

New CD for Classic FM

I've recently completed recording a new CD for Classic FM - read more about this here in my latest newsletter, which also includes info on my forthcoming residency at the University of Western Australia and other forthcoming engagements.

Sat 25 May 2013

MORE NEWS

More news is coming soon! It's not that there isn't any. It's just that I've been too busy to update my news page. So for now I've deleted all the ridiculously old news so you don't get bored looking at it if you ever pop in to look at my concert dates or whatever. Today I'm looking forward to heading down to Honiton for a solo recital (I'm looking forward to meeting a young guitarist called Max) then I'm off to the RNCM for a couple of days this week and have a nice session at the lovely Air Lyndhurst Studios in Norrth on Tuesday morning. I'll try to keep my news page more current. Any questions or comments just email me at mail@craigogden.com

Tue 26 Mar 2013

Chris Gunning Guitar Concerto available now

Chris Gunning's wonderful guitar concerto along with concertos for flute and clarinet is now available. See the promo video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipT1_elsFJc.

Tue 17 Jan 2012

I've been to Australia, come back again, and written a piece of music about it.

The Australia trip was amazing. The videos which are currently available on the Classic FM website show what a fantastic trip it was and having the opportunity to experience new things like climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and going hot air ballooning was sensational. It was an epic ten days and capped off by doing some of my favourite things (swimming, snorkelling, cycling and body-surfing) in my hometown of Perth at the end of the trip.

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/sydney/

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/melbourne/

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/perth/

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/

 

And you can download the music (if you feel compelled!), here, by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the button

 

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/music/

Tue 17 Jan 2012

I've been to Australia, come back again, and written a piece of music about it.

The Australia trip was amazing. The videos which are currently available on the Classic FM website show what a fantastic trip it was and having the opportunity to experience new things like climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and going hot air ballooning was sensational. It was an epic ten days and capped off by doing some of my favourite things (swimming, snorkelling, cycling and body-surfing) in my hometown of Perth at the end of the trip. Here are the links to the videos. I hope you enjoy them.

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/sydney/

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/melbourne/

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/perth/

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/

And you can download the music (if you feel compelled!), here, by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the button

http://promo.classicfm.co.uk/contests/2011/australia/craigs-journey/music/

Wed 22 Jun 2011

Summertime at no.1 for two weeks!

My Classic FM album has done two weeks at no.1 now. The official chart comes out on a Sunday although Classic FM's own chart programmes runs six days later. It's also dropped in price on Amazon now to £8.93 making it the cheapest place to buy hardcopy. If you've enjoyed it & fancy leaving a review on Amazon or requesting something from it on Jamie Crick's Classic FM programme I'd be grateful! Many thanks. Craig

Wed 22 Jun 2011

News

My Classic FM album has done two weeks at no.1 now. The official chart comes out on a Sunday although Classic FM's own chart programmes runs six days later. It's also dropped in price on Amazon now to £8.93 making it the cheapest place to buy hardcopy. If you've enjoyed it & fancy leaving a review on Amazon or requesting something from it on Jamie Crick's Classic FM programme I'd be grateful! Many thanks. Craig

Tue 10 May 2011

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