Early Valentine’s treat is a classic

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FANS of classical music have an early Valentine’s treat in store at Bromsgrove's Artrix this February.

On Friday, February 7 Bromsgrove Concerts are presenting a performance by guitarist Craig Ogden who will be playing a selection of favourites by Giuliani, Dowland, Britten, Poulenc, Turina, Bach and Walton.

Craig is best known to Classic FM listeners for his albums The Guitarist and Summertime

Both recordings shot straight to number one in the UK classical chart in summer 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Australian-born Craig 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).

He is principal lecturer in guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and a visiting lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music.

If that wasn't enough, the weekend of classics continues on Saturday, February 8 with a performance by Midland Sinfonia.

Entitled Romantic Strings, the orchestra will be performing Beethoven’s Romance in F and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Symphony No 40.

All three works, composed within 25 years of each other, demonstrate the emergence of the late 18th century romantic period.

The conductor will be Richard Laing and the guest soloists will be Shulah Oliver on violin and Diana Mathews on viola.

Bromsgrove Concerts presents Craig Ogden on Friday, February 7 at 8pm.

Tickets are £17 (£3 disabled, unemployed and students). Ages eight to 25 can go free thanks to Cavatina Chamber Music.

Midland Sinfonia presents Romantic Strings on Saturday, February 8 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £16 (£5 unwaged and students) and there is free entry for accompanied children.

For tickets and more information about either show, call the Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or go online at artrix.co.uk.

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