Craig Ogden (guitar)

Series: Season 6 2015-2016
Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016 - 11:00pm
Venue: St Mary's Church Hall, Market Square, Sandbach, CW11 1HD

Craig Ogden (guitar)

International guitar soloist Craig Ogden returns to SCS following his solo recital in February 2012, what a great way to conclude our sixth season! Book early.


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

Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at La Casa Mia who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series


  • 6:30pm Doors open
  • 7:00: Spotlight Concert

Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach

  • 7:30 Intermission

Art Exhibition by John Barlow

  • 8:00 Main Concert


Sonata in A K.322     Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata in D K.177     Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata in D K.178     Domenico Scarlatti

Here Comes the Sun     George Harrison arr. Göran Söllscher

Yesterday     Lennon/McCartney arr. Toru Takemitsu

Five Bagatelles     William Walton

Lute Suite no. 2     J.S. Bach

      Prelude, Sarabande Gigue, Double

Rondo Rodeo     Gary Ryan


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. In 2004 he became the youngest instrumentalist to receive a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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’s Classic FM albums The Guitarist and Summertime both shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart in summer 2010 and 2011 respectively, followed by the release of Christmas Time in November 2013. His latest Classic FM albums Summer Guitar which was released in June 2014 and Craig Ogden and Friends released in June 2015 went straight to No. 1 in the classical chart.

Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras plus many abroad in countries including Latvia, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Australia. In recent seasons he has performed with the

Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Rundfunk Orchestra (Cologne) and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra (Denmark). In December 2015, Craig was asked at short notice to step in for Miloš Karadaglić to perform a series of concerts on tour with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at major UK concert halls to critical acclaim. This season Craig will be performing concertos with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan and the Spanish Symphony Orchestra.

Craig Ogden regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major venues and collaborates with many of the UK’s top artists and ensembles. Craig has been invited by John Williams to perform with him at venues including London’s Globe Theatre, where he recently returned for a music and poetry performance with actress Meera Syal. Craig has performed at many of the major UK festivals and is also invited to play at large outdoor festivals including Jamie Oliver and Alex James’ Big Feastival and the Wilderness Festival. In August 2015, Craig gave a recital with tenor James Gilchrist at the Edinburgh Festival which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Craig performed as part of the Michael Tippett concert series at Wigmore Hall and returns there in March with the Nash Ensemble. In July 2016, Craig will be giving concerts and masterclasses at the Hong Kong Guitar Symposium. Craig has presented programmes on radio including The Segovia Legacy on BBC Radio 3 (co-presented with Louis de Bernières), Ten Pound Pom Mum for BBC Northern Ireland (a programme about his Mother’s upbringing in Northern Ireland) and a series of four interviews with artists including John Williams for ABC Classic FM (Australia). In December 2011 Craig presented three short videos as part of an advertising campaign on Classic FM for Emirates Airline. Craig was also invited by Sky Arts to be a mentor for the 2015 Guitar Star television series.

Craig Ogden is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of The Bridgewater Hall Guitar Weekend and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.