Thanks to a Celton Manx Recognition award a musical evening with celebrated classical guitarist Craig Ogden raised £10,000 for the Diana Princess of Wales Hospice Care at Home Trust.
Mr Ogden, whose albums have topped the UK’s classical charts, is principal lecturer in guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Classic FM has described him as ‘one of the finest players of classical guitar of his generation’.
Held at the Comis Hotel, Mount Murray, the evening saw Australian-born Mr Ogden delight an appreciative audience of more than 120 guests, which included the charity’s patron, Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney and his wife Lady Diana Gozney, with a programme of classical Spanish and South American guitar pieces.
The event also provided an opportunity for local guitarist Jon Snowden, who has taught guitar for some 60 years, to meet Mr Ogden and show him a composition he had written in 1985.
Diana Princess of Wales Hospice Care at Home Trust chairman Ron Spencer said: ‘Craig took Jon’s composition, which obviously he had never seen before, looked it over for 10 minutes before his recital, and played it to us, sight- reading it. Jon stood up afterwards and said to all of us through his tears, that it was the happiest day of his life.
‘Thanks to the generosity of the Celton Manx Recognition awards programme the evening raised £10,000, which will be used exclusively in funding the Diana Hospice Care at Home nurses.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery was among those who attended the recital. He said: ‘I am pleased that thanks to our Recognition award an Isle of Man audience was able to witness a truly electrifying performance by Craig Ogden, one of the finest classical guitarists of our time.’
Turning to the work of the charity he said: ‘The Diana Princess of Wales Hospice Care at Home Trust provides respite and end-of-life palliative care which brings great comfort to patients, their families and carers. It is a charity much loved and valued by our Island community; one we have been pleased to support through our Celton Manx Recognition programme.’
Recognition is the corporate social responsibility programme of Celton Manx and, in 2019, is benefiting 22 local good causes.
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery is pictured extreme left with Bob Pynegar, Maggie Holt, Craig Ogden, Lady Diana Gozney, Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney and Diana Princess of Wales Hospice Care at Home Trust chairman Ron Spencer. (Photo courtesy Isle of Man Newspapers)