:: NIGEL OGDEN
Nigel was born in Manchester. His father was a church organist, and also
a lover of the theatre organ. At an early age, Nigel was taken to hear
the great Reginald Dixon playing the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer organ, and
was instantly 'hooked'.
He first broadcast in 1971, and on 3rd March 1980, when still only in
his mid twenties, took over from Robin Richmond as the presenter of the
BBC Radio 2 programme The
Organist Entertains. The programme itself has now been running for
over 40 years and can be heard on a Thurdsay evening at 11pm, or later on BBC iPlayer.
Nigel is equally at home on church organs and electronics, particularly
Hammonds, and has just issued a CD playing one of these instruments. Cathedrals
organs too have received the very special Ogden treatment, with a most
enjoyable recording made recently at the magnificent organ in Lincoln
However, the theatre organ is Nigel Ogden's first love, and he has recorded
many CDs at the organ that first sparked his imagination - the Blackpool
The theatre organ lends itself to music of the 1930s, and Nigel has wonderfully
expressed this era in his composition Art Deco 'Three-piece'
Suite. Other works include several in Stainer & Bell's 'light
organ music series'. Among these are Afternoon tea with
the Duchess, written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the
installation of the five-manual Compton organ at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester
Square and the fun piece Scherzo for the White Rabbit.
In a more serious vein, Nigel has written several stirring marches, including
England's Glory, New Era composed
to inaugurate a series of lunchtime concerts at Manchester Town Hall,
and Our Squadron Leader.
His talents, both as a composer and performer, appear to have no end,
and he has also penned a delightful Christmas carol Born
for us on Christmas Day, premiered and recorded by the Altrincham
Sheet music titles by Nigel Ogden published by Stainer
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Tea with the Duchess
Ref. H321 - PDF Sample
Written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Compton Organ at
the Leicester Square Odeon, London, affectionately known as 'The
Art-Deco Three Piece Suite
Ref. H358 - PDF Sample
Reflecting his admiration for the age of flying boats and Bakelite
radios, the 'Art-Deco Suite' is an affectionate study in nostalgia
- a trio of images from the 1920s and 30s set in music of timeless
The first piece 'Ritzy', speaks for itself: classy, carefree and
full of elite syncopations. 'Acacia Avenue', in contrast, is a miniature
tone poem, its languidly flowing melody conjuring up visions of
neat suburban 'semis' and impeccably tended gardens. The unstoppable
finale, 'To Clarice', pays homage to the popular Clarice Cliff ceramics
of the period, superbly decorated in black, orange and lime, and
now as much a collector's item as this composition has proved to
be amongst lovers of stylish organ music.
At Your Service
Unison voice and piano
Fifteen Practical Voluntaries for Church Organists.
Liturgical organ music in an accessible modern style is always welcome, and Nigel Ogden,well-known contributor to Stainer & Bell's 'Light Organ Series', and host of 'The Organist Entertains' on BBC Radio 2, has composed fifteen new pieces for use within the communion service andother acts of worship. Versatile in function, they may be played on a two-manual organ, withoptional pedal, but are also suited to a variety of instruments, to enliven church services with awealth of suitable moods and atmospheres.
for us on Christmas Day
Unison voice and piano
Ref. W199 - PDF Sample
Nigel Ogden, host of BBC Radios The Organist Entertains and
one of Britains most talented popular musicians, wrote the
words and music for this delightful all-age Christmas carol. It
has been recorded by the Altrincham Choral Society, conductor Steven
Roberts, on the AVID label, CD-AVC613 and cassette, AVM613.
Ref. H323 - PDF
Pageantry, pomp and circumstance are vividly portrayed in this stirring
march. Detailed registrations are included in the score, and the
strong melodic style of the piece is inevitably based around the
vital ingredient of a memorable 'big tune'.
Leprechaun in London
Ref. H322 - PDF Sample
Starting with the Westminster chimes, the melody develops into an
Irish Jig, and the Leprechaun has great fun in the Metropolis. 'Handel
in the Strand' and 'Bach goes to Town' with a touch of the Blarney!
Mr Mozart Takes a Sleigh Ride
Ref. H451 - PDF Sample
For his latest seasonal entertainment, Nigel Ogden has arranged
a sequence of favourite tunes by Mozart and capped them all with
a surprise quotation of Leroy Anderson's classic Sleigh Ride melody.
Well within the range of organists of intermediate ability who are
able to master a simple pedal part, the music offers spirited versions
of the Rondo alla Turca, the Exultate Jubilate, Eine kleine Nachtmusik
, the Piano Sonata K. 545 and the G minor Symphony, and more laughs
per minute than the average Christmas cracker.
Ref. H389 - PDF Sample
Written to inaugurate a series of lunchtime concerts at Manchester
Town Hall, one of Britain's finest examples of Victorian architecture
and home of the magnificent Cavaille-Coll organ. English through
and through, it opens with a short fanfare motif which helps to
bind the sections together as it marches along with more than a
hint of Elgar. Easy under the fingers (and feet) this is a real
players piece and would suit any occasion where a little pomp and
ceremony is required.
Ref. H428 - PDF Sample
Nigel Ogden's many admirers will welcome this latest addition to
the growing list of original organ music from the pen of this stylish
entertainer. A lively march in military style frames a 'big tune'
in E flat major, written in the grand ceremonial manner. Sounding
equally fine on pipe or electronic instruments, the piece is well
within the range of any player of Grade 4 standard or above, and
has been recorded on the CD 'At Your Request', issued by OS
Digital Recordings, performed by the composer on the Wurlitzer
Organ at Stockport Town Hall.
Ref. H320 - PDF Sample
You can just imagine the penguins at the London Zoo waddling and
diving in the famous pool designed in the 1930s by Lubetkin. Pure
Saints on a Spree
Ref. H461 - PDF Sample
The latest addition to Stainer & Bell's much-admired Light Organ series, Saints on a Spree is a stylish and not altogether reverent fantasy on several popular tunes associated with saintliness. Lively episodes in Latin-American and schmaltzy-waltz mood pull the carpet from under a solemn, hymn-like opening. Things get even more wild when Widor's Toccata from the Fifth Symphony and Brahms's Lullaby put in an appearance. With his usual masterly craftsmanship, Nigel Ogden, leading light-organist and host of long-running Radio 2 series The Organist Entertains, draws all these ideas into a grand and saintly peroration, which will sound as good whether played on an electronic instrument as on a church organ.
for the White Rabbit
Ref. H348 - PDF Sample
' . . . suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by
her. There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice
think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself,
'Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!' (when she thought it over
afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at
this, but at the time it seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit
actually took a watch out of its waistcoat pocket, and looked at
it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed
across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either
a waistcoat pocket or a watch to take out of it, and burning with
curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time
to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.'
Lewis Carroll from 'Alice in Wonderland' and inspiration for this
lively and fun piece of light organ music.