About Craig

Composer, arranger and director Craig McLeish began his musical life as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral. He has worked with a wide variety of groups in several genres, and scored a hit with the cult pop band ‘Fat & Frantic’.  Recently, Craig has collaborated with composer Tolga Kashif writing orchestrations for the RPO's Seo Taiji Symphony, the Classic FM chart-topping CD by saxophonist Tyler Rix, and the Genesis Suite which was premiered at the Barbican.  He is musical director of Young Voices UK, bringing large school choirs together to play with a live band and solo artists, and conducts the Milton Keynes Community Choir, Hart and Soul Community Choir and the Milton Keynes Youth Choir.

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World Premiere of The Negro Speaks of Rivers 

Craig's latest choral composition, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, is to have its world premiere on 2nd March 2014. Dorking Camerata is to perform Craig's work on the same bill as the world renowned composers Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott.  They will then perform it again on 23rd March as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival in London.
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The Negro Speaks of Rivers published by Novello 

The Negro Speaks of Rivers, a new concert work composed by Craig McLeish, and inspired by Langston Hughes' poem, has just been published by Novello.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was the first black American to earn his living from writing. He was an innovator of jazz poetry, becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Premiere of Craig's New Choral Work

Hear Excerpts from The Negro Speaks of Rivers

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