“A worthy successor to Julian Bream” – BBC Music Magazine on Craig Ogden
“Lisa Friend, as bubbly as her instrument, is a flawless flautist” – David Mellor
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. He is 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. Craig’s five Classic FM albums all shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart and he is one of Classic FM’s most played artists.
Lisa Friend has appeared as a soloist with Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Prague Philharmonic, Virtuosi Pragenses Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic and has toured throughout much of Europe, Asia and the USA. She has given live broadcasts for Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and BBC London and has appeared on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show.
Lisa has recorded discs as a soloist (Cinema Affair, Deep in my Soul) and with the Brodsky Quartet (Mozart Flute Quartets). The CD with the Brodsky was Classic FM’s CD of the week and was highly favourably reviewed by Class FM’s David Mellor (Mozart Flute Quartets). Lisa is also an Ambassador to the Prince’s Trust.
These two superb artists have combined to record a new CD due to be released in September 2019, which includes works by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Poulenc and Fauré. The programme for this concert will be drawn largely from that disc.