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Thursday, 16 February 2012
Internationally renowned classical guitarist Craig Ogden visited
Bolton School to direct a 'Classical Guitar Ensemble Workshop' with
young guitarists from Bolton School and local secondary
Around 90 music students from six schools including Canon Slade,
Manchester Grammar School, Bacup Grammar, Altrincham Girls'
Grammar, St Michael's Chorley and Junior RNCM joined students from
Bolton School Boys' Division, Girls' Division, and both Junior
Schools for this community music event.
The day began with a demonstration/mini concert given by Craig,
who then led the pupils in rehearsing a classical guitar recital,
working on some new compositions which had been specially
commissioned for this event. The workshop culminated in a
performance of the pieces to a live audience at an evening recital
given by Craig in the Boys' Division Great Hall. The pupils'
performance was extra special as it was a world premiere of 'Suite
for Guitar Ensemble' by Mark Houghton. Craig then went on to
perform solo pieces by Albeniz, Barrios, Scarlatti and
Craig Ogden is massively popular in the classical music
world, and can be heard regularly on Radio 3 and Classic FM. He is
also Principal Lecturer of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of
Head of Community Music at Bolton School Boys' Division, Mr
Jeremy Bleasdale, said: "We were delighted to have Craig Ogden
directing this Classical Guitar Ensemble Workshop. This was his
third visit to school and we hope to see him again in the near
future. Many local schools were invited to the workshop and we had
a huge response with over 90 students taking part in the day. We
all enjoyed rehearsing and performing the 'Dance Suite for Guitar
Ensemble' written by Mark Houghton especially for this event and
Craig Ogden's recital in the evening was excellent''
The aim of Community Music is to take Bolton School Music into
the community and to invite local schools and musicians into our
school to share in our music making. Many Bolton School ensembles
go out to perform at local schools, and musical talent from other
local secondary schools are often invited to share in specially
organised workshops such as this.
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