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BMus(Hons), PGCE

Craig is well known as musician and educator and has worked with brass bands, wind bands, orchestras, choirs and in the world of musical theatre as an MD. As Director of Music at a large secondary school in North Yorkshire, Craig continues to drive music in a successful department with a reputation for extra-curricular music and exam success. Working also as an examiner of music and music technology at GCSE and A Level, Craig is an experienced mentor, adjudicator and orator.

Majoring in performance and conducting at Huddersfield University under the tutelage of Philip McCann, David Thornton and Barrie Webb, Craig played euphonium for many of the area’s most successful brass bands. Whilst MD of the Tewit Youth Band, the band grew to over 100 members and nurtured many musicians who have gone on to professional careers within music.

Craig has worked with brass bands all the way from training and non-contesting right up to championship section and is currently Musical Director of the Wetherby Silver Band and the Harrogate Band, leading the latter to the national finals 3 times. He has worked on a number of projects beyond the norm including the Leeds Cultural Olympiad, a virtual brass band and commission featuring Mike Lovatt and the BAFTA winning episode of ‘Old Jacks Boat’ for the BBC.

As an Artistic Director for the Harrogate International Youth Festival of Performing Arts – a week long festival that draws musicians from all over the world, he has conducted over 400 young musicians in massed performance! As a trustee for the Harrogate International Festival, the largest arts festival in the North of England Craig works closely with education and programming, bringing some of the finest ensembles from around the world to Yorkshire.

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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