Paul Coles was born in Pembrokeshire, South Wales and had his debut as a guitarist at The Festival Theatre, Malvern in 1978. Besides regularly performing in concert he taught guitar for Gloucestershire Education Authority. It wasn’t until he moved to Dorset in 1990 that he began to compose seriously. His music includes orchestral and ensemble pieces. In 2002, ‘Snowman’s Waltz’, selected from his Christmas Suite was premièred and broadcast by the BBC Concert Orchestra on BBC Radio 2. His most recent compositions include a Suite for cello and guitar entitled ‘Evocaciones de España’, a Concerto for violin and orchestra and a Concertino for flute and guitar entitled ‘La Fiesta de Pamplona’.
Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He has recorded for Nimbus, Chandos Records, Hyperion and Sony and has performed concertos with orchestras including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. His debut solo recording of contemporary British works (Nimbus NI 5390 ‘The Blue Guitar’) received wide acclaim and a Grammy nomination. BBC Music Magazine dubbed Ogden "a worthy successor to Julian Bream" and his various concerto and recital discs have received sparkling reviews from music journals and national newspapers.
More information on the music of Paul Coles, and other music for classical guitar, can be found at www.muzicaseditions.co.uk