Alan A Craig is a graduate of the music departments of the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. He now combines work as a freelance musician with his role as Director of Music at Glasgow Clyde College.

Alan’s music tends to be rooted in conventional harmonic and melodic principles. He aims to engage a wide spectrum of listeners through familiar musical language. This is demonstrated in his two most significant works to date: A Diminished Mass (2011) and the one-act children’s opera The Nicht’s the Nicht! (2001). A recording of the latter work featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus and the City of Prague Philharmonic was broadcast as the centrepiece of an evening concert on Classic FM in 2007.

In the period between the premieres of these two works much of Alan’s composition and arranging work emerged from his musical directorships of the widely acclaimed XLC Theatre Company and the Springfield Cambridge Festival Chorus and Orchestra. The latter organisation was initiated by Alan in 2002. Since then it has raised over £185,000 for the Children’s Hospice Association (Scotland). In 2011 Alan was recognised for this work when he was awarded Rotary International’s highest award, the Paul Harris Fellowship.

More recently Alan has been preparing a selection of his anthems and piano music for general release.

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Alan A Craig