We are thrilled to welcome Craig Ogden as our first soloist this
season. Craig’s recent recording Craig Ogden and Friends
went straight to number one in the Official Classical Artist Album chart.
Craig is at home with a wide range of musical styles from Bach to John Lennon,
and at this concert he will play probably the most famous guitar concerto of
all – the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.
HCO’s Musical Director, Robin Browning, has worked with Craig on a number
of occasions and says “He’s not only a brilliant performer, but has
enormous charisma in front of an orchestra – sure to delight the audience
at Ferneham Hall!”
Opening the concert, the Havant Chamber Orchestra will play the Overture
Leonora No. 1 by Beethoven. Despite its misleading name,
this was Beethoven’s third attempt at writing an overture for his only
opera, Fidelio. The full opera is usually introduced by his fourth
attempt – the Overture actually entitled Fidelio, but for concert
performances the three Leonora overtures are all great favourites.
The concert concludes with music from that giant of romantic music, Johannes
Brahms. Living somewhat in the shadow of Beethoven, Brahms struggled for
many years to produce his first Symphony, but along the way he produced two
beautiful Serenades. The first of these was written initially for a
chamber ensemble of 8 or 9 players in 1857 but Brahms expanded it into a full
orchestral work a couple of years later. It was enthusiastically received
by an audience of 1200 at its first performance in Hamburg in 1860.