Oboist, educator, arts leader, synesthete, living and working on traditional lands of the Kaurna and Peramagnk peoples, respecting their ongoing spiritual relationship with their country

My story

Oboist

Celia Craig The Oboist

I didn’t start as an oboist- I was focussed on violin… 

Like many people, I began the oboe at high school (Northampton) age 12 as a second instrument. 

My intensive early age music training on violin- started by request on my fourth birthday! I was lucky to have a series of extremely good violin teachers and plenty of chamber and orchestral playing. We lived in several locations, including abroad and for three years I had violin lessons in German. Immediately, my brain linked the experience of music (harmony and intonation). My involuntary colours corresponding to each key were really very strong (sometimes I couldn’t see at all when I was playing.! Violinists (more so than oboists) have to practice very long hours, eg. 6 hours a day, but I didn’t mind, I loved the minute challenges of trying to get something very difficult, better. As a teenager I travelled for lessons in various cities and also learnt in German for 3 years when we lived abroad (playing as a tiny kid in the local youth orchestra.)…

Celia Craig The Educator

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Celia offers

  • Musica Viva Colours of Home (contact here)
  • Acclaimed tertiary masterclasses
  • Personal one to one coaching for important events – exams, auditions, performances and consultation lessons, live and online
  • Regular group masterclasses for oboists
  • Online connection through Kofi- two levels, one for students of oboe, one for general following and artist support.

Educator

Arts Leader

Highlights

When I was very young, I used to experience music in a haze of colours like smoke, full of swirly patterns and textures, and sometimes couldn’t see properly. Synesthesia is associated with really strong emotions (usually really good but can also be scary) and it seems to encourage these artists to want to try and share their experience. Synesthesia is also a little triggering: it makes you want to shout out or cry or jump up and down. You can even offend people, or get very excited.

I’ve been trying to do this with Artaria, with Colours of Home, and investigating other musicians such as Billie Eilish and now, Miriam Hyde OBE, AO. My Creative Arts Fellowship at the National Library of Australia is so exciting- as I felt she might have had synesthesia so can’t wait to get to know her better as a young woman- read about my project here in my blog.

About Celia

 

Recipient of many awards throughout a distinguished career, including 2023 Australian Women in Music “Excellence in Classical Music,” Celia Craig was appointed the Creative Arts Fellow 2024 by the National Library of Australia, Canberra, and Curator of Music for National Trust of South Australia. 

 

Originally from the UK, she moved her career to Australia in 2007 after working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. As Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2018, she made a lasting impression. Nowadays, she focuses on three key areas: As an oboist, she captivates audiences and showcases her musical expertise with her group Tarrawatta. She is also an educator, spearheading an MVIS-supported initiative that brings music and vibrant experiences to rural schools nationwide. Her influence extends to training groups and individuals. She also plays a pivotal role as an artistic leader, actively contributing to developing many classical music projects in South Australia.

Celia Craig, renowned oboist, educator and arts leader, currently lives and works in the ancestral lands of the Kaurna and Peramagnk communities, demonstrating a deep reverence for their enduring spiritual ties to Australia. She has received numerous awards recognising her remarkable contribution to music and the arts.

As a 2024 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow, Celia contributes to the cultural landscape. In 2023, she was awarded the Australian Women in Music Excellence in Classical Music Award and is a longstanding Curator of Music at the National Trust of South Australia. Celia holds the title of Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, a testimony to her exceptional musicianship.

Originally from the UK, Celia moved to Australia in 2007, which was a significant transition in her career. This move followed her tenure as Principal Cor Anglais and President of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, where she resided at the celebrated Royal Albert Hall. Her commitment to her art is underlined by her association with Judith Weir’s Oboe Concerto and her role as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

From 2011 to 2018, Celia held the position of Principal Oboe in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, making a lasting impact on the classical music scene in Australia. Today, her professional activity is diversified in three key areas. As an oboist, she captivates audiences with her musical performances on various stages, whether accompanying orchestras or participating in exclusive musical evenings with her ensemble Tarrawata. In her role as an educator, Celia has initiated an important campaign supported by MVIS. This initiative targets children in rural schools across the country, using music and colour to evoke lasting feelings and instil hope in these young minds.

Upcoming Concerts

Colours of Home

Colours of Home invites students into the vibrant world of oboist Celia Craig, who experiences Chromesthesia – where sound evokes an involuntary experience of colour.

The Rest is Silence

Rhythms weave and twirl across the instruments of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Tower’s Chamber Dance, while yearning strings will nurture grief

Creative Arts Fellowship

The Creative Arts Fellowships support writers and artists to spend four weeks at the Library researching and developing a new artistic concept

Arts projects:

Live events, past, current and future grant arts projects

Creative Arts Fellowship National Library of Australia

Celia Craig, a recipient of the Library’s Creative Arts Fellowship, embarks on a four-week exploration of the legacy of Dr Miriam Hyde OBE, AO.

"Songs without Words" - Tarrawatta Trio's Classical Music Residency in Mount Gambier

An Arts South Australia-supported residency will bring three engaging and internationally acclaimed

Carmen Perpetuum - A Solo Oboe Project by Celia Craig

Carmen Perpetuum is a groundbreaking solo oboe project commissioned by Celia Craig, former Principal Oboist of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, from

News

Celia in Europe

At the end of the year, Celia plans to visit her family in France and England. At the same time, in January and February, she will conduct a masterclass with the Royal Academy of Music as part of the Carmen Perpetuum Project. During her stay in Europe, Celia intends to establish contacts to explore the cultural and musical richness of South Australia, to foster possible cultural exchanges in the future.

National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow

Celia has been chosen as an Art Fellow to collaborate with the National Library of Australia on the Myriam Hyde Research Project. The project focuses on showcasing the life and contributions of Myriam Hyde, an Australian composer and pianist who, like Celia, experienced synaesthesia.

2023 Australian Women in Music Excellence in Classical Music

Celia receives this award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to South Australia. These include notable concerts and performances in which she has acted as an accomplished accompanist to well-known classical orchestras. In addition, her leadership in organising exclusive musical evenings with the Tarrawatta Group has been commendable. The award also recognises her impactful role as an educator, with special mention of the Colors of Home programme in collaboration with MVIS.

News

AWMA

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Creative Arts Fellows

Celia has been chosen as an Art Fellow to collaborate with the National Library of Australia on the Myriam Hyde Research Project. The project focuses...

Celia in Europe

At the end of the year, Celia plans to visit her family in France and England. At the same time, in January and February, she...

Tarrawatta Trio

The name references both the traditional owners and pioneers on the land where the Trio first performed, using the historic 1911 Weber Baby Grand piano at Collingrove Homestead. Their initial concert was created with the permission of the National Trust of South Australia, for whom Celia Craig is Resident Artist.
“…chamber music playing at its best; persuasive and powerful, delivered with dynamic precision and appropriately driven and cantabile in turn. Marlin really ‘sang’… Ierace played throughout with dynamic precision… Celia Craig’s usual seamless eloquence… balance and support of these fine musicians was exemplary…so intimate that listening was like eavesdropping on musicians playing for themselves…”
Brett Allen-Bayes, Limelight
“Classical Music has been defined in a very narrow band. I believe that live music should be fun and engaging for all. Celia proposes a new brand awareness which could shape-shift the audience for classical music…
Margaret Lehmann, AM

CELIA CRAIG OBOIST

THOMAS MARLIN CELLIST

MICHAEL IERACHE PIANIST

TARRAWATTA is an innovative and disruptive musical project within the realm of classical music, particularly with a Baroque focus. All their melodies are crafted with special and unique arrangements that showcase the skill of the musicians in the band. Despite their short history, they have been acclaimed and recognized for their exclusivity and quality, evoking sensations in the audience described as unparalleled.
The journey is just beginning, and TARRAWATTA is gearing up to continue enchanting audiences worldwide while serving as a musical symbol for South Australia.

Music

Private coaching and masterclasses

Oboist

Private coaching

Crafto Art Supplies is a passion project of a group of crafters and
makers with a shared interest in creating and shopping for hard-to-find
materials.

We are a multi-dimensional brand that aims to build a community
where art thrives, through our products and workshops. 

Masterclasses

Crafto Art Supplies is a passion project of a group of crafters and
makers with a shared interest in creating and shopping for hard-to-find
materials.

We are a multi-dimensional brand that aims to build a community
where art thrives, through our products and workshops. 

My Blog

Inspirational comments

“Celia Craig… a talented musician… with a great vision for classical music… this innovative approach of using 21st-century technology to enhance our cultural heritage…”

– Hon. Anne Levy, AO, former Minister for the Arts, SA, Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur

Congratulations beautiful Celia. You have given so many people a wonderful year of glorious music

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“Celia is a rare talent who fortunately chose to live and work in Adelaide. As Australia’s UNESCO City of Music we need to nurture, celebrate and support her”

– The Hon. Steven Marshall, MP, former Premier of South-Australia

Such a fun concert last night pleasure playing with you!Reply Hideit was a pleasure playing with you!

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