Gerard McChrystal and Craig Ogden will perform a work by Andy Scott at Sandbach Concert Series this month. The acclaimed duo will open their programme with Nemesis at St Mary’s Church Hall, Sandbach on 26 March.
Nemesis is a three movement work in a contemporary classical style with jazz and Latin influences. There is a short improvised section in part two, with an alternative notated solo. This version for soprano saxophone and guitar was recorded by Gerard and Craig on their CD Pluckblow. Nemesis was originally composed for soprano saxophone and vibraphone and recorded by Rob Buckland and Simone Rebello on the CD Towards the Light. The version for flute and guitar was recorded by Paul Edmund-Davies and Craig Ogden on The Bad Tempered Flute, the Flute Music of Andy Scott.
“Craig Ogden and Gerard McChrystal set the thermometer high with their sinuous and heady interpretation of Andy Scott's Nemesis. Ogden's highly disciplined guitar lines traced a pinprick route through Scott's scarifying three movement set piece, while McChrystal burrowed and mined, and ultimately scaled its petulant peaks and troughs. McChrystal's saxophone swings acrobatically from high octane celebration to sweet and low down melancholy in one and the same breath, wheedling more and more layers of complexity from Ogden's distilled guitar lines.” - The Irish Times, November 2006
Gerard McChrystal comes from Derry, N.Ireland. To date he has performed in over 30 countries including at London's Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Opera House and Suttgart Stattshalle. He has performed with Philip Glass, Soweto String Quartet, guitarist Craig Ogden, The Syzmanowski String Quartet, The Smith Quartet, tenorist Tommy Smith, Irish choir Anuna, Ensemble Bash as well as many orchestras including The Philharmonia, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC NOW, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony of Ireland and Stuttgart Statsorchestre. Gerard is an ambassador for Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013.
Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. His many recordings have received wide acclaim, and his Classic FM albums The Guitarist and Summertime both shot straight to no.1 in the UK classical chart in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras plus many abroad and has presented on BBC Radio 3 and on ABC Classic FM (Australia). Craig Ogden is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music.
Sandbach Concert Series is a concert series aimed at promoting music making by youth and community groups of Sandbach and surrounding areas in conjunction with professional musicians. Each main concert at 8.00pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Sandbach is preceded by a spotlight concert by local young musicians at 7.00pm. There is also an art exhibition on display at each concert, and a special pre-concert Early Bird dinner offer is available at the nearby La Casa Vecchia Italian restaurant.
Click to view the sheet music for Nemesis at Astute Music
Click to visit Amazon to hear extracts of Nemesis from Pluckblow
Click to view details of the event on the Sandbach Concert Series website
Click to visit the website for Gerard McChrystal
Click to visit the website for Craig Ogden
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