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RNS: España!

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Part of Sage Classics Spring 2022

Duration – 1 hour 45 minutes (including an interval)


Jaume Santonja conductor
Craig Ogden guitar
Royal Northern Sinfonia

Boccherini Symphony No.6 ‘La Casa del Diavolo’
Rodrigo Fantasia para un gentilhombre
De Falla Three Cornered Hat Suite No.1
Granados Intermezzo from Goyescas
De Falla El Amor Brujo Suite

Maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s the heat, but there’s just something intoxicating about the music of Spain. For the Spanish-born conductor Jaume Santonja, it comes naturally, whether the elegance of Luigi Boccherini or the raw Flamenco passion of Manuel de Falla. And since it wouldn’t be Spain without a guitar, the great Craig Ogden performs Rodrigo’s enchanting Fantasia para un gentilhombre: pure magic, from the composer of Concierto de Aranjuez.

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Jaume Santonja, conductor

Jaume Santonja is currently associate conductor of the Euskadiko Orkestra – Basque National Orchestra – and is a regular guest of the main orchestras in his native Spain. Jaume is a former Assistant Conductor of the world-renown City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the UK, and has appeared in front of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Phion Orkest, Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “LaVerdi”, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

Highlights of this 21/22 season are his debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic , Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Belgrade Philharmonic, and visits to Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “LaVerdi”, Euskadiko Orkestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Jaume has seen success at several conducting competitions. He holds a Master of Music (conducting) from the  Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium), a Master of Music (percussion) from the Amsterdam Conservatorium (the Netherlands) and a Bachelor’s degree in music from ESMuC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona).


Craig Ogden, guitar

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. In 2004, he became the youngest instrumentalist to receive 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 Ogden regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues, collaborating with many of the UK’s top artists and ensembles. He is a regular member of the London Tango Quintet.

Craig Ogden is Director of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist and Curator of Craig Ogden’s Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival and Visiting Musician at Oriel College, University of Oxford. Craig Ogden plays D’Addario strings.