Between Judith Hall and Craig Ogden there is a natural affinity, apart from their upbringing in Australia, which makes their Duo performances quite exceptional. Their programmes are lively and intriguing, mixing better-known music with contemporary and exotic pieces. A large repertoire includes arrangements of Bach and Baroque music, and pieces by Giuliani from early nineteenth century Vienna; where the flute and guitar were first paired together. By contrast, there is a choice of music by, for example, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, Debussy, Ravi Shankar, Takemitsu, Jonathan Lloyd, and the 'King of the Tango' Piazzolla.
Since forming their partnership in 2002 they have played as far afield as the Bahamas and throughout Britain. They have been received with great enthusiasm: Maria Bota, Director of the Salisbury International Festival reported 'great feedback from the audience, several of whom said it was the highlight of the festival'.
Judith Hall Judith has had outstanding success with her many CDs, particularly Mozart’s Flute Quartets, first choice in the BBC’s Building a Library, and for a time fifth best selling classical CD in the UK. CDs of Vivaldi’s Op. 10 Flute Concertos and Mozart’s Flute Concertos have been given top ratings in Penguin Guides and other books.
As a recital soloist she has played frequently in major British venues, with live BBC recordings from St David's Hall, Cardiff, the BBC Concert Hall and the Pump Room, Cheltenham. She has been heard in British festivals such as City of London, Three Choirs, Dartington, Great Elm, Leominster, Musicfest Aberystwyth, Aldeburgh Proms, Taunton, Arundel, Brighton, Harrogate, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea, Gower, Machynlleth, Newbury Spring Festival, Calstock, Budleigh Salterton, Ryedale, Salisbury International and Cheltenham International Festivals.
In addition to a busy recital and orchestral musical life which takes her to many parts of the UK and Europe she teaches flute at Birmingham Conservatoire and is a teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Craig Ogden Craig 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 have received 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. Ogden’s Classic FM albums The Guitarist and Summertime both shot straight to no. 1 in the UK classical chart in the summer of 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Craig has performed concertos with all the main UK Orchestras plus many abroad in countries including Latvia, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Australia. In the 2011/12 season he returns to the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestras and will be playing with the WDR Rundfunk Orchester in Köln the following season.
Craig regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major London venues and collaborates regularly with many of the UK’s top artists and ensembles. In 2008 Craig Ogden made his presenting debut on BBC Radio 3 in ‘The Segovia Legacy’ co-presented by Louis de Bernières and in 2011 he also presented a series of interviews with artists including John Williams for ABC Classic FM (Australia).
Craig is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music.
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