Craig Ogden & Gerard McChrystal (saxophone & guitar)

Series: Season 4 2013-2014
Date: Wed 26 Mar 2014 - 12:00am
Venue: St Mary's Church Hall, Market Square, Sandbach, CW11 1HD

Craig Ogden & Gerard McChrystal (saxophone & guitar)

5:00pm Pre-concert Early Bird meal
at La Casa Vecchia (not included in the ticket)

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  • 6:30pm Doors open


  • 7:00: Spotlight Concert
    Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach


  • 7:30 Intermission
    Raffle in aid of Sandbach Transport Festival
    Art Exhibition 


  • 8:00 Main Concert

Andy Scott  Nemesis  13''

Villa Lobos – Bachianas Brasileras No. 5  4'

Ulrich Schultheiss  No Rest    5'
Marek Pasieczny  Winter's Tale  8'
Iain Ballamy Figment   6'
Ciaran Farrell – The Shannon Suite  12'
1. Lough Allen
2. Lough Ree
3. Lough Derg
Gerard McChrystal comes from Derry, N.Ireland.
He studied at the RNCM,Manchester and was the first student to graduate with three awards including a distinction in his PPRNCM. Further studies at The Guildhall School, London and Northwestern University, Chicago followed.
He has worked with Philip Glass, The Smith Quartet, The Soweto String Quartet, tenorist Tommy Smith, Uilleann piper Liam O’ Flynn and vocal group Anuna .
His new solo programme Stand Up  for saxophone and electronics has won two awards from the Arts Council. His album  Aria was named as one of the best classical CDs of 2011 by Classic FM and was chosen as one of David Mellor’s  Connoiseur’s Choice. It was also RTE Lyric FM’s Album of the week in November 2011. 
In 2013 Gerard performed at Sons & Daughters  for BBC1 with orchestra, rhythm section and choir to 2,500 people at the launch of Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. 11,000 people applied for tickets. He also appeared in a new promotional film for the city. In March he was invited to meet the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the House of Commons. Later that month he played a sell-out concert of Shaun Davey’s Relief of Derry Symphony in the National Concert Hall Dublin with The National Symphony of Ireland. A performance of the same work in December 2013 was the finale to Derry-Londonderry City of Culture.
Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. His music degree (with honours) from the University of Western Australia was followed by the Royal Northern College of Music Professional Performance Diploma with Distinction; the college’s highest award for performance. In December 2004, Craig Ogden was honoured by the RNCM with a Fellowship in recognition of his achievements. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received this award from the RNCM.

One of the new generation’s most prominent players, Craig Ogdens’ performances have taken him throughout the UK, into Europe, the USA, South East Asia, South Africa and Australia in recital, on radio and on television. In 2010, Classic FM (UK) released ‘Craig Ogden The Guitarist’ – a fascinating collection of popular guitar works, innovative arrangements of classical favourites and new works. This CD went straight into the classical chart at no.1 where it stayed for 5 weeks and went on to spend three months in the top 5. It was the second best selling UK classical album of 2010 and has sold over 25,000 copies.