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BA (Hons), MA (Music)
Craig is one of the most well-known and widely respected brass band conductors in Wales. He has worked with and conducted the majority of the top bands in the nation, including the world number one brass band Cory, who Craig guest conducted for the Golden Jubilee procession through London of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. Craig has been successful in competition at the highest level, winning the Welsh League Championship on three occasions with three different bands; the North Wales Championships on two occasions, and every individual contest in the Welsh League Championships series. In 2004 he was named Conductor of the Year by SEWBBA and WWBBA for his achievements. Craig studied music at the University of Salford, gaining first his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. Masters degree there, studying with Dr Roy Newsome and Prof David King. Whilst at university, in his final year he was awarded the Roy Newsome Conducting Prize as the outstanding undergraduate conductor of the academic year 2000. Within the UK he has performed in most of the country’s finest concert halls, and abroad has toured to Australia, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Libya, Russia, Ukraine and the United States of America. Both at home and abroad Craig has worked on a wide variety of large scale and innovative concert projects with numerous leading artists and ensembles, further details of which can be found at his website Within the world of brass, Craig has worked with a number of the world’s leading bands including Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery & more. He has also worked closely with numerous renowned conductors, soloists and composers, from the latter of whom he has commissioned a wealth of major brass and orchestral works. Craig often works overseas. He worked with Canada's Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo for a period of 20 years, latterly as Assistant Director, and was also a founder director of the North American Brass Band Summer School (NABBSS). Craig has also worked as a production consultant / advisor on numerous other large scale international events including the Canadian Beating Retreat Fortissimo (Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada), Kremlin Zoria (Red Square, Moscow), World Military Music Festival (Green Square, Tripoli, Libya), Mediterranean International Festival of Arts (Eleftheria Square, Heraklion, Crete, Greece) and Liberation 70 (Freedom Square, Kharkiv, Ukraine). Craig has adjudicated on two occasions at the Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival in the United States and at a number of festivals and events in the UK, including the West Wales Brass Band Association Championships. In September 2019, Craig will be a member of the adjudicating panel at the Finals of the National Championships of Great Britain, and looks forward to now dedicating more time as an adjudicator as an active member of AoBBA. Formerly Artistic Director of the Welsh Brass Arts Festival and Wales Development Manager to Making Music, the national support body for UK voluntary music, Craig is a leading freelance arts management consultant, General Manager of Wales' national classical music festival, the Welsh Proms, and is Director of the Rhondda Arts Festival (RAFT). In addition to all of the above, Craig also still supplies brass tuition to numerous young musicians in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and is also Musical Director of Rhondda's oldest brass band, Lewis Merthyr, and Artistic Director of Symphonic Brass Wales.
South Wales