Professional Conductor - Craig RobertsCraig 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 Craig 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 www.croberts100.com
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, and particularly in Canada where he is Assistant Director of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, the world's largest annual indoor show, and 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 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).
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 now a leading freelance arts management consultant, working with numerous leading artists and organisations, including Owain Arwel Hughes CBE, Camerata Wales l Cymru and the Welsh Proms.
In addition to all of the above Craig also still supplies brass tuition to numerous schools and young musicians in Rhondda Cynon Taf; and is a member of the board of Community Music Wales and Sound Affairs; plus a Trustee of Grimethorpe Colliery Band.