Craig Ogden with the BYGO – Sunday May 11th

Family Concert with Craig Ogden and the Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra

Sunday 11 May
Time 3:00pm  –   4:30pm
Event BYGO at the Newbury Festival with Craig Ogden
Location Corn Exchange, Newbury

Under the direction of Steve Christmas and Berkshire Maestros BYGO has established a national and indeed international reputation for excellence.
This is their Festival debut with star soloist Craig Ogden, one of the leading classical guitarists of his generation.

The BYGO will play South American Dances by Ginastera and Rodriguez, Irish Folk Songs and three Gershwin Preludes. Craig’s solo pieces will be by Gary Ryan, Albeniz and Tarrega and Craig and the BYGO will come together in Gerald Garcia’s La Grazie Concerto for guitar and guitar orchestra.

This should be great – I have heard the BYGO under Steve Christmas before, and have known Craig since he was 14 years old when we met in Perth, Australia!
Hope you enjoy the Concerto folks!

Le Grazie was originally written for string trio (2 violins and Cello) and guitar as a companion to the Vivaldi D major “lute” concerto.
It was originally performed by its dedicatee Alison Bendy with students from Wheatley Park School in 2001 and has since been a favourite at summer schools in an arrangement for solo guitar and guitar orchestra. It has been performed numerous times all over the world and was conducted by the composer in the 2nd Swedish “Guitar instead of Guns” Gala in 2002 with, amongst others Zoran Dukic, Roland Dyens and Wolfgang Lendle in the orchestra!
It is in three movements in the form of an Italian concerto and the movements are :
Night Sounds (tempo di boogie woogie – homage to Fats Waller)
Clear Day (homage to Vivaldi)
Star Rise (homage to Michael Tippett)