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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 schools.
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 others.
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 Music.
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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