Nigel Ogden

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Nigel Ogden
BornManchester, England
  • Musician
  • Radio presenter

Nigel Ogden is an English theatre organist, known for presenting and performing on the BBC Radio 2 programme The Organist Entertains from 1980 to 2018.

Ogden was born in Manchester, England,[1] the son of a church organist, and had several years of piano lessons, before taking up the organ at the age of twelve.[2] As a child, his family took him to Blackpool Tower Ballroom to hear performances on the Wurlitzer organ there, by Reginald Dixon.[2]

He studied to be a teacher, then worked as a sales demonstrator for an organ retail business in Hyde, Cheshire, where he later started his own business selling organs.[2] From 1972, he started appearing on The Organist Entertains, eventually taking over from Robin Richmond as presenter in March 1980.[2]

Ogden is also a composer[1] and a touring musician, playing both theatre and church organs,[2] and was the organist for the Channel 4 production of Denis Potter's Lipstick on Your Collar.[3]

For his unique contribution to music, Ogden was awarded with a BASCA Gold Badge of merit on October 17th 2012. [1]

He has released a number of CDs.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Nigel Ogden". Stainer & Bell. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Nigel Ogden - Biography". BBC. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Episode 4". Lipstick on Your Collar. 1993. Channel 4. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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