From: Equator [events_at_equatorfestival_dot_com]

Sent: 21 February 2012 16:37

Subject: re- Equator Festival 2012 - Craig Ogden concert Feb 24th                                                                                    


Equator Festival - Spring 2012 Programme

Ashford, Whitstable, Folkestone, Chatham & London



Top Classical Musician to Play One-Night-Only Show


The no.1 selling classical guitarist Craig Ogden is set to play a one-night-only show in Ashford on Friday February 24th as part of the Equator Festival 2012


This is a memorial concert in honour of Equator's co-director Robert Maycock and past classical music editor of The Independent and Classical Music Magazine who died in a car accident in January. His  partner and co-director Priti Paintal and their 2 children, 5 and 11 yrs of age are devastated. Robert had programmed Equator's Classical Music series and was planning to bring more world-class musicians to Ashford and Kent. 




The 2012 Equator Festival kicks off this February with a range of diverse and exciting performers displaying music and styles from Africa, Middle East, Spain, India and Australia.

 This year it is even bigger and better with a new Classical Music series featuring the acclaimed guitarist Craig Ogden and the Classic Buskers, with their very innovative sound. In addition, March sees the launch of our WOW - Women of the World Festival, celebrating Women's History Month with female artists from around the world.

 To open the Equator Festival, we have no one better than the celebrated Classic FM guitarist, Craig Ogden (Feb 24th).  



The Australian-born guitarist is one of the most exciting artists of his generation, having received wide acclaim for his many albums. Ogden's Classic FM albums The Guitarist and Summertime both shot straight to no.1 in the UK classical chart in the summers of 2010 and 2011.

He will be performing a variety of music at the event in St Mary's Church, Ashford, with something to appeal to everyone - the programme includes music from Giuliani to Albeniz and William Loveday to Gary Ryan, plus a surprise or two. Craig will be supported by members of the Ashford Guitar Ensemble who will open the event. During the afternoon he will also be leading a guitar masterclass at Ashford School with students from Highworth, Norton Knatchbull and Ashford schools

The concert on 24 February is a new venture for the Equator Festival, well known for its world music and dance promotions, and opens a spring season that will feature the Classical Buskers in their high-speed ?Musical Olympics' show as well as more musicians from around the world.

In March, we have the pleasure to present the Jerusalem-born Middle Eastern singer, Mor Karbasi (Mar 16th) and the Cape Verdean/African songstress Carmen Souza returning to Ashford (March 31st) as part of our WOW Festival.

 WOW performances in March will also include Latin music specialists Coco Xpress, and Electric Landladies, in Whitstable and in London you will be able to see Eve Pollard, Najma Akhtar, Tahmima Anam, ShivaNova, the WOW Orchestra and more. 

Further performances, including a celebratory evening of gypsy dance, music with the Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band and their dancers, Gambian Sura Susso and the Flamenco guitarist, Juan Martin.

 For more information on all of our events and to buy your tickets, please visit or

 ** Special Offer - "Buy a full price ticket for 2 Ashford events and get 1 ticket half-price"

There are also discounted tickets for groups of 6 or more**


We hope to see you at one of our events.

  Best wishes - from the Equator team.


 The EQUATOR series is supported by Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council, Shepway District Council, Kent Music, and ShivaNova

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