In my various guises as a new music performer, collaborator, improviser/composer I have played alongside musicians such as Rohan de Saram, Roberto Fabbriciani, Barry Guy, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies and new music groups ELISION, Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, and the RTÉ Orchestra. Closer to home, I have been a guest musician with Uproar, Riot Ensemble, Ensemble Octandre, Explore ensemble, the Hebrides Ensemble and Red Note. I was a founding member of the Spanish group SMASH and the Manchester-based Distractfold Ensemble.
Exploring solo performance has been and continues to be an important journey for me. It has led me to develop a distinctive approach to the flute; to re-invigorate older music, as well as exploring improvised and notated contemporary works.
My own compositions are often a series of smaller works under a collective title: the first being Amp/Al for flute/s and feedback (2012-15) and the most recent being Hortulus Animae (2015 – 2019) for flute/s and fixed media. Composing and improvisation are linked to my interests in the visual arts and I also use video and photography in my work.
“[Craig]…pushing the instrument to its technical and expressive limits, was a tour de force“
Tim Ashley – The Guardian
Alongside my work as a performer, I am also a teacher, and I give masterclasses and seminars in flute playing and contemporary music performance. I was a Visiting Fellow in Performance at the University of Aberdeen 2010 – 2012. In 2015 I was appointed as a lecturer and Head of Performance at Bangor University, Wales, a post I held until 2019, and during this time I was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield from 2014 -2019. Outside of academia I have participated in courses such as the Estalagem da Ponta do sol in Madeira, and also Distat Terra Academy in Argentina. I received my PhD from Middlesex University in 2020 – Composer and performer roles in contemporary music: an autoethnographic study. As a writer I have contributed to publications for Örat, and the Orpheus Institute.
“To go directly to the matter in hand: the playing on this disc is sensational..”
My solo discs INWARD (2011) and VALE (2017) were released on the Métier label, and they document my work with composers Esaias Järnegard, Richard Barrett, John Croft, Malin Bång, Brice Pauset, Evan Johnson and Fabrice Fitch. Other CD releases of note include the composer John Croft’s monograph disc Seirenes in 2019 (released by First Hand Records), and two discs with Another Timbre, performing the works of Jürg Frey and Magnus Granberg. I have recorded several CDs and live broadcasts for the BBC, WDR Cologne, YLE Finland, Radio France, Radio Nacional de España, Swedish Radio, ARTE, Métier, Another Timbre, FHR, Icelandic RUV, as well as curated releases of repertoire, and my own compositions. Future recordings include a re-interpretation of the Telemann Fantasias and a disc of improvised music.
I studied flute at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) with Sheena Gordon and later with Richard Blake. After graduating with honours, I continued my studies at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, France, with Mario Caroli with support from a Dewar Award and the Scottish International Educational Trust. As well as working with the full range of flutes from contra to piccolo, I play on two Rudall Carte wooden flutes from the early and mid-20th century, restored for me by Arthur Haswell. One of these instruments was originally commissioned by the renowned Italian teacher and soloist Alberto Veggetti (1874 – 1948). Even by today’s standards the instrument is a superb example of experimentation in materials and keywork, the result of a collaboration between a French maker, an Italian performer and British craftsmanship from the turn of the last century.
I currently live in Edinburgh where I run my own flute studio.