Tradition of top acts continues

Craig Ogden
Craig Ogden

Craig Ogden and Claire Bradshaw, Alnwick Music Society concert, Alnwick Playhouse, Tuesday, April 3, 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £13 conc.

THIS season’s Alnwick Music Society concerts have been characterised by performances from the foremost exponents of their art – John Lill (piano), Michael Collins (clarinet) and now Craig Ogden (guitar).

Australian-born Craig is widely regarded as the finest classical guitarist of his generation and he will perform at the Alnwick Playhouse on Tuesday, April 3.

And to add to the spectacular attraction of this concert Craig will be accompanied by his wife, the mezzo-soprano Claire Bradshaw, who will share the programme with him.

Craig Ogden began guitar lessons at the age of seven and in 2004 was the youngest instrumentalist winner of the Fellowship Award of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

He has recorded on a wide variety of labels and his two Classic FM albums – Guitarist and Summertime – became number-one hits in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

He has played as a soloist, a chamber musician and in concertos with all the leading UK orchestras in major venues throughout the country.

He is principal lecturer in guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Music in London.

Claire Bradshaw, born in Yorkshire, studied in Manchester, where she won all the vocal awards, and at the National Opera Studio. She was a finalist in the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Competition.

Claire has sung Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall and reprised the role for Welsh National Opera. She has performed in Figaro and Rigoletto for Scottish Opera and sung at the Edinburgh International Festival as well as in concerts throughout Europe and beyond.

They bring to Alnwick an exciting and eclectic programme which begins with solo guitar works by Albeniz, Tarrega and Mangore as well as the more popular Harold Arlen’s Over the Rainbow and Gary Ryan’s Lough Caragh and Rodeo Rodeo.

After the interval, Craig is joined by Claire for works by Purcell, Handel and Schumann before concluding with Britten’s I Will Give My Love an Apple and Aranjuez Rodrigo’s O Waly, Waly.

Tickets are available from the Playhouse box office and all are welcome whether society members or not.

In keeping with the society’s policy of encouraging young people to take an interest in classical music, anyone in full-time education will be admitted free of charge.