The Railway Children

Craig Vear

Sound Designer

In 2011 Craig was nominated for an Olivier award for best sound design for The Railway Children, and was commissioned by the City of London Festival to compose Dusk Chorus, a large-scale multi-speaker installation in collaboration with David Lumsdaine and the choreographer Rachel Lopez De La Nieta. In 2010 he was commissioned by the Laurence Sterne Trust, York Theatre Royal and Arts Council England to compose a digital opera based on “A Sentimental Journey” (1768). In the same year he was commissioned by Exhibition Road Cultural Group and PRS Foundation to create Flow to celebrate World Music Day and the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Ismaili Centre, London. Superfield [Mumbai] (2009) commissioned by Bradford Mela and Mumbai Festival incorporated found sounds and music from the streets of Mumbai weeks after the terrorist attacks of 2008.

During 2003-4 he held the Arts Council England Fellowship with the British Antarctic Survey, which resulted in a large-scale composition created from field recordings. In 2006 Unicorn Theatre, London commissioned Play: Antarctica about these experiences. In 1997 he co-founded the pop group Cousteau, which made 300,000 sales worldwide and gained a gold disc. Singing Ringing Buoy, an installation at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall (2007-8), was shortlisted for the 2005 PRS New Music Award.

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