6th June 2014   BBC4: LIVING WITH GENIUS

Living with Genius Profile of Britain's greatest ever classical pianist and of one of the most successful musical partnerships of the last 50 years, that of John Ogdon and his wife Brenda Lucas Ogdon. For the first time, Brenda and her children Richard and Annabel tell the personal story of John Ogdon - the husband, father and genius.

This is a story of their lives together, one that covers their rollercoaster ride from extraordinary and deserved success to tragic adversity and despair. Featuring unique archive and contemporary performance as well as candid interviews with those who knew him best, this incredible tale is a moving account of their professional partnership.

A fascinating reflection on the power of the art form itself, gained from a lifetime of living, breathing, teaching and performing.

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2nd to 6th June 2014   RADIO 3 ARTIST OF THE WEEK

Rob Cowan presents Essential Classics every mornig from 9am, featuring John Ogdon as Artist of the Week.


Piano Man by Charles Beauclerk Piano Man; A Life of John Ogdon, by Charles Beauclerk. An illuminating first full biography of John Ogdon. A tortured genius, Charles Beauclerk explores the life of this brilliantly inspired artist, for whom music was both his cross and his salvation.

List Price £20.00; 432 pages; Hardcover; ISBN 978-0857200112; Simon & Schuster UK.

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The Complete RCA Album Collection, 6 CD Set A remastered six-disc collection of Ogdon’s complete recordings for the RCA Red Seal label, marking the 25th anniversary of his death in 1989. Four LPs appear here for the first time on CD, while a 1972 Liszt recital is released for the first time outside of Japan. LP replica paper sleeves packaged in a clamshell box with deluxe booklet.

CD 1 – Nielsen: Chaconne, Op. 32; Den Luciferiske Suite, Op. 45; Symphonisk Suite, Op. 8; Three Piano Pieces, Op. 59.

CD 2 – Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28; Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36.

CD 3 – Beethoven: Sonata in B Flat, Op. 106 Hammerklavier.

CD 4 – Mennin: Piano Concerto; Yardumian: Passacaglia, Recitative and Fugue for Piano and Orchestra.

CD 5 – Alkan: Concerto pour piano seul, Op. 39.

CD 6 – Liszt: Rhapsodie Hongoroise, S244 No. 2; Mazeppa Études d'exécution transcendante, S139 No. 4; Feux follets Études d'exécution transcendante, S139 No. 5; La Campanella Grosse Etüden von Paganini, S141 No. 3; Au bord d’une source (Années de Pèlerinage I), S160 No. 4; Il pensieroso (Années de Pèlerinage II), S161 No. 2; Tarantella (Années de Pèlerinage II, Supplément), S161 No. 3; Grand Galop Chromatique S219; Mephisto-Walzer No. 1 S110.

Label: Sony Music Classical; Catalogue Number: 88843039072.


Legendary British Virtuoso, 17 CD Set This collection contains not only classic works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Grieg, Liszt and Chopin but rarer concertos by Mendelssohn, Glazunov Bartók and Busoni. The major contribution must be the solo piano works by the 20th century composers Sir Michael Tippett, Alan Rawsthorne, Alun Hoddinott, Christopher Headington, David Blake, Robert Sherlaw Johnson, Richard Hall, Goehr, Birtwistle, Ronald Stevenson, Maxwell Davies as well as works by himself.

Label: EMI ICON; Catalogue Number: 7046372; Barcode: 5099970463729.

October 22nd 2011   PIANO RECITAL

Julian Evans Performed by Julian Evans at:

Royal Northern College of Music   map
124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD

In honour of Franz Liszt's bicentenary, celebrated Liszt exponent and RNCM alumnus Julian Evans returns to his roots to perform a recital of some of Liszt's most glorious and monumental works. This recital is dedicated to the memory of the illustrious pianist John Ogdon, himself a great champion of the music of Franz Liszt. The programme will include:

  • Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude
  • Vallee d'Obermann
  • Fantasie and Fugue on the name BACH
  • Sonata in B Minor

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Virtuoso Virtuoso, The Story of John Ogdon, by Brenda Lucas Ogdon and Michael Kerr, has been re-published in paperback by popular demand.  This moving account tells of the early successes of this musical genius, his severe mental breakdowns and eventual recovery.

It is available from WHSmith, Blackwell, Tower Books, Amazon, Word Power and elsewhere.

RRP £9.95; ISBN 978-1845492915; Arima Publishing.

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February 2008   NEW CD RELEASE

PD-1001 CD A recital from Indiana University performed in 1979 by John Ogdon of some of his own piano compositions.  This is a newly released CD under the Performer's Domain label, PD-1001. The price is $12.00 plus $5.00 shipping, available from David Canfield, e-mail david@daviddeboorcanfield.org.

  • Piano Sonatas 2 & 3
  • Sonatina
  • Dance Suite
  • Variations & Fugue
  • Theme & Variations
  • Vaarlam's Song

December 5th 2007   PIANO RECITAL

Brenda Lucas Ogdon Performed by Brenda Lucas Ogdon.  In aid of the Foundation and in memory of John Ogdon's 70th Anniversary Year.

(By invitation)   6:30pm at:

Steinway & Sons   map
Steinway Hall
44 Marylebone Lane

The programme will include works by Bach, Chopin, Webern, Ogdon and others and last an hour with a short break.  Admission will be by donation only.  Refreshments will be served.


EMI 70th Anniversary 4 CD Set A surprise edition of remastered and previously unpublished performances by John Ogdon in a well organised 4 CD collection of orchestral and solo works.

CD 1 contains Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Fauré's Ballade in F# and the Litolff Scherzo.

CD 2 has Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto, the Symphonic Variations of Franck, Liszt's Hungarian Fantasia and the Busoni arrangement of his Rhapsodie Espagnole.

Three first Piano Concertos make up CD 3: those of Bartók, Glazunov and Ogdon himself.

The contents of CD 4 are all solo works by Liszt and Ogdon and are new to CD.

Track Details.  EMI Classics 3927472

April 25th 2007   ANNUAL DINNER

Foundation Members dinner with piano recital by Martin Sturfält at:

Athenaeum Club   map
107 Pall Mall

January 27th to 31st 2007   PERFORMANCE ON 3 - JOHN OGDON

7.30-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Sarah Walker presents three programmes on BBC Radio 3 to commemorate what would have been Ogdon's 70th birthday.  Each evening features a concerto, along with solo works, demonstrating the breadth of Ogdon's musical interests and the varied range of his repertoire.

A 6 CD set of these programmes is available from the foundation.

October 25th 2006   PIANO RECITAL

Julian Jacobson Performed by Julian Jacobson at:

Royal College of Music   map
Prince Consort Road


  • Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, "48" Book One
  • George Benjamin - Shadowlines
  • Alison Kay - Etude no.3 "Matrix" (world premiere, written for Julian Jacobson)
  • Xiaogang Ye - Namucuo, op.53 (UK premiere)
  • John Ogdon - Dance Suite
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition

December 1st 2006   TRUSTEES MEETING

6:30pm at:

74 Wimpole Street   map

October 31st 2005   PIANO DUET

Brenda Lucas Ogdon Sir Ernest Hall Sir Ernest Hall and Brenda Lucas Ogdon perform works by J.S.Bach, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Lutoslawski, Debussy and Ravel at:

Dean Clough   map

October 5th 2005   ANNUAL DINNER

7.30pm for 8.00pm in the A.A. Milne Room at:

The Garrick Club   map
15 Garrick Street

Guest of honour: Michael Berkeley
Chairman: Sir Ernest Hall, OBE DL
Patron: Vladimir Ashkenazy

April 26th and 27th 2004   JOHN OGDON PIANO PRIZE

Applicants for the prize of £5,000 perform in recital before the selection panel at:

Martin Sturfält Steinway & Sons   map
Steinway Hall
44 Marylebone Lane

The 2004 Prize was won by Martin Sturfält from Sweden, one of seven young competing pianists.

September 4th 2003   ANNUAL DINNER

7.30pm for 8.00pm in the A.A. Milne Room at:

The Garrick Club   map
15 Garrick Street

Guest of honour: The Rt. Hon The Earl of Harewood, KBE
Guest Speaker: Sir Ernest Hall, OBE DL

February 14th 2003   MUSIC FOR PLEASURE

7.15pm. Easy Listening for St. Valentine's Day, performed by Concordia: David Chamberlain, Director, Dorothy Evans, Accompanist, with guest artists Daniela Hursthouse (soprano, 1998 winner of the John Ogdon Scholarship) and Neil Day (cornet, Thoresby Colliery Brass Band).

Queen Elizabeth's School
Chesterfield Road


Bust of John Ogdon Following the Last Night of the Proms at:

Mansfield Palace Theatre   map
Leeming Street
NG18 1NG

February 17th and 23rd 2002   BBC RADIO BROADCASTS

Two BBC Radio 3 programmes about John Ogdon and his music.

February 9th 2001   A PORTRAIT OF JOHN OGDON

Ian Pace Read the concert review by Colin Clarke

Pianist Ian Pace presents works by John Ogdon, Liszt, Peter Maxwell Davies, Scriabin and Busoni at:

the Wigmore Hall   map
36 Wigmore Street
London W1U 1QG

May 12th 1999   GALA PIANO RECITAL

Brenda Lucas Ogdon plays works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt and John Ogdon in aid of the John Ogdon Foundation at:

United Reformed Church

July 25th 1998   PIANO RECITAL

Pianist Brenda Lucas Ogdon plays works by Schumann, Chopin and Gershwin, in aid of the John Ogdon Foundation, at:

Hazells Hall
Beds SG19 2DD

June 29th 1995   PIANO RECITAL

Leighton House Programme A piano recital by Brenda Lucas Ogdon in aid of the John Ogdon Foundation at:

Leighton House
12 Holland Park Road
London W14 8LZ