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Craig Utting

Composer

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Born: 1965

Biography

Craig Utting was born in Wellington where he attended Onslow and Tawa Colleges. At Auckland University he studied Composition with Douglas Mews, John Rimmer and John Elmsly, completing an M.Mus. degree with 1st class Honours in 1987. From 1988-9 he was a violist in the Schola Musica of the NZSO, and since then has been a member of the Wellington Sinfonia. He was also employed for many years as a ballet pianist in various studios around Wellington.

Currently Craig works as a composer and arranger. He is also a specialised music-typesetter (using the Sibelius software), for local musicians and organisations, as well as for various European publishers through an agency in Freiburg.

Craig believes that music is written to be played! As a perfomer himself, he insists that the musicians' enjoyment of the music is of crucial importance - when the performers are themselves excited or moved by the music they will convey it far more convincingly to an audience. He thinks that 'cleverness' for its own sake has little merit, and that any musical device or technique should only be used if it contributes to the overall atmosphere or emotion of a composition.

His orchestral works "Spirals", "Cirrus" and "Lahar" have all been finalists in the NZSO/Radio New Zealand Concert Douglas Lilburn Prize, in 2000, 2003 and 2006 respectively. Tower NZ Youth Choir is singing a commissioned work "Voices of Aotearoa" on their 2007 European tour.

Craig and his wife Elizabeth Sneyd run a music school from their home in Tawa, Wellington (www.musiclearning.co.nz), where he teaches piano and Elizabeth teaches violin and preschool music classes. They have six children of their own, all of whom (naturally!) have shown early interest and talent in music!


Composed (68)

A Celebration

for large orchestra, 7m


Adrift

for four cellos, 15m


Agnus Dei

for SATB choir, 2m


Apocalypse

for bass singer and chamber ensemble, 15m


Birds at Sea

for three treble recorders, 1m


Bon Voyage

for unspecified voice and piano


Chestnuts on a Mantlepiece

for SSAA and piano duet, 6m


Cirrus

for orchestra, 10m


Collages

for twelve violas, 13m


Confessio of St. Patrick

for choir, 10m


Conversation Piece

for violin and piano


Covenant

for piano, 4m


Dodge'em

by Alexander Sneyd and Craig Utting for piano


Eight Short Pieces

for violin and piano


Eight Short Pieces

for cello and piano


Elegie

arranged for six celli


Elegy

for treble recorder and piano, 4m


Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing

for unaccompanied SSATBB choir, 4m


Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing

for unaccompanied SSAA choir, 4m


Five Campbell Songs

for choir, viola and piano, 10m


Five Campbell Songs

for voice, piano and viola, 10m


Four Poems for String Orchestra

for string orchestra, 9m


Fourth Trimester

For soprano and string quartet


Ghosts

for piano, 45s


Gunfighter

for SATB choir and piano


Gunfighter

for SSAA and piano


Horn Concerto

for horn and orchestra


It Is Spring

for soprano, alto, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, 17m


Kapiti

for baritone and chamber ensemble, 12m


Lahar

for orchestra, 10m


Lazy Cat

for piano, 1m 30s


Little Fantasy

for flute, horn and percussion, 5m


Locomotion

for six violas


Mad hair day

for piano


Moa and her Chick

for piano, 1m 15s


Monument

for SATB choir and organ or piano, 2m


Monument

for SSAA choir and piano or organ, 2m


Morning's mist

composed by Benjamin Sneyd-Utting and Craig Utting for piano


Moth Blues

for solo treble recorder with recorder ensemble (3), 1m


My Nightmare is a Train

for piano, 45s


On the Run

For solo piano


Onslow College Suite

for 2 pianos - 6 hands, 10m


Pachelbel Canon and Gig Music

for string quartet


Prelude

for organ


Prelude

for violin and piano, 3m


Sabre Dance

arranged for five cellos


Soliloquy II

for solo flute, 4m


Sonate

for cello and piano, 12m


Sonate for Trombone and Piano ("Trennung")

for trombone and piano, 9m


Song for Jessie

for piano, 5m


Spirals

for orchestra, 9m


Spring-Fire

for trumpet and piano, 3m


String Sonnet

for string orchestra, 9m


The Final Chapter

for piano


The Kiss

for voice and piano, 3m


Trio McGechie

for string trio


Two Old French Songs

for voice and guitar, 2m


Variation Suite

for string orchestra, 9m


Vocalise

arranged for five cellos


Voices of Aotearoa

for SSAATTBB