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Judith Hall Flute Craig Ogden Guitar

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Programme includes:
 
Giuliani Gran Duetto Concertante Op. 52
Villa-Lobos Bacchianas Brasileiras No. 5 and Flute Flight
Beethoven Two Sonatinas Anh 5 Nos. 1 and 2
Bartok Romanian Folk Dances


Friday 20 February 2015 at 7.30 pm

The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)

Judith Hall Craig Ogden

It has been said that between Judith Hall and Craig Ogden there is a natural affinity which makes their performances together quite exceptional. They have performed as far afield as the Bahamas and throughout Britain to great critical acclaim, including festivals such as Newbury Spring, Calstock, Ryedale, Little Biggar, Budleigh Salterton and Salisbury International Festival: after the latter, the Director Maria Bota reported "great feedback from the audience, several of whom said it was the highlight of the Festival".

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 from early nineteenth century Vienna by composers such as Giuliani to pieces by Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, Ravi Shankar, Takemitsu, Judith Weir, and the King of the Tango, Piazzolla.

Judith has also commissioned many new flute and guitar pieces with funding from the Arts Council, from composers David Bedford, Erica Fox, Edward Cowie, Giles Swayne and Jonathan Lloyd.
Born and educated in Australia, Judith Hall was involved in a different career when Jean-Pierre Rampal heard her play and suggested she become a professional musician. She studied with him briefly in France before moving to London. Her debut in the Park Lane Group's "Young Musicians and Twentieth Century Music" series on the South Bank was very warmly received, and she immediately joined the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Principal Flute. After seven years she left to give more time to solo and chamber music, having been launched as a winner in the ISM/Nat West Festival Days competition.

Orchestras in which she has played as guest Principal Flute include the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and English National Opera. As a member of chamber groups such as Lontano, Endymion, Koenig and Composers' Ensemble, she has performed in Britain and abroad, also broadcasting for the BBC.

As a soloist in concertos she has performed and recorded with the Philharmonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Langham Chamber Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Montepulciano Festival Orchestra, Ten Tors Orchestra, Divertimenti of London and the English Symphony Orchestra, among others.

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.

Abroad she has played in festivals in Turin, Montepulciano, Middelburg, Halle, Como, Adelaide and Sydney, as well as undertaking tours of France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Greece, India, Australia, the Bahamas, and many parts of South East Asia, with many tours funded by the British Council.

She teaches flute at Birmingham Conservatoire and is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique.
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 recording of summer themes for Classic FM will be released in June 2014.

Craig 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, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Rundfunk Orchestra in Cologne and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra (Denmark).

Craig regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major London venues and collaborates with many of the UK’s top artists and ensembles. This season John Williams invited him to perform in concerts including London’s Globe Theatre and Craig performed as part of the Michael Tippett concert series at Wigmore Hall. In 2008 he 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). In December 2011 he presented three short videos as part of an advertising campaign on Classic FM for Emirates Airline.

Craig is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.