Press Release: October 2016

Published: October 30, 2016




Craig Ogden

Craig Ogden


CRAIG OGDEN, the renowned Australian guitarist, who last played for the Amigos at São Lourenço in 2013, will be giving 2 very varied recitals during November 2016. The first recital will be on Tuesday November 8th. and will feature compositions by Giuliani, George Harrison, Lennon & McCartney, Tippett, Bach, Albeniz and Ryan. The second recital will be on Thursday November 10th. and Craig will play pieces by Dowland, Berkeley, Reinhardt, Walton, Bach, Lauro Morel and Albeniz. Details of the 2 programmes is available on the Amigos’ website (


Craig Ogden started studying the guitar when he was 7 and percussion from the age of 13. In 2004 he became the youngest instrumentalist to receive a Fellowship from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.


Craig, one of the world’s most prominent instrumentalists, has travelled extensively. He has played with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, Denmark’s Aalborg Symphony and many others.


Craig is probably today’s most prolific guitar recording artist. He has recorded with many labels including Classic FM, Chandos, Virgin/EMI, Nimbus, Hyperion and Sony. Two of Craig’s early Classic FM albums, the ‘Guitarist’ and ‘Summertime’ both shot straight to No.1 in the UK classic charts in 2010 and 2011 respectively. These were followed by the release of ‘Christmas Time’ in November 2013. His latest Classic FM albums ‘Summer Guitar’ and ‘Craig Ogden and Friends’ both went to the top of the charts in 2104 and 2015 respectively. BBC’s Music Magazine dubbed Craig as a “worthy successor to Julian Bream” – praise indeed. Craig recorded all three Rodrigo guitar concertos with the BBC Philharmonic and was selected as “The One to Own” in the Classic FM magazine against very distinguished competition including John Williams and Julian Bream. Rodrigo’s daughter wrote “This recording has confirmed your position among the greatest guitarists”.


Craig Ogden is Head of Guitar at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music and Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music. More information about Craig can be found on his website (


For more information about the AMIGOS DE MÚSICA, membership and concert programs please see: For concert bookings please send an e-mail to or call Cristina at 914797980.


Amigos’ de Música concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7.00pm sharp. Doors open at 6.00pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served. Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members.


The AMIGOS DE MÚSICA is an international group of around 90 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organization and celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last year.


Os Agostos is an impressive XVlll century country estate located above Santa Bárbara de Nexe and near Bordeira. For navigation instructions go to: and then to “HOW TO GET THERE”.


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