Craig Armstrong - News & Site Updates 2009
Craig Armstrong has been given an honourary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University in recognition for his outstanding career in the music industry.
Craig said: “I would like to thank the university for this honourary degree.
“I have received a number of awards over my lifetime but this one is particularly meaningful, as it has its roots embedded in education and learning.
“Institutions like the Edinburgh Napier School of Music are so important and help nurture the next generation of musical talent.
“I wish the many gifted students graduating from the School of Music today all the very best and hope that, just as I have been inspired by their achievements, they are inspired by mine.”
Craig Armstrong is once again working with the director Peter Mullan on a new film called Neds. Craig will be providing the original score.
Another new project for Craig will be the soundtrack for a new 12-part television documentary, The Alternative History Of America.
High-profile composers are busy 'remixing' Handel – a prospect that could thrill or horrify fans of his music. But, say the artists, the invitation was irresistible
> Read the full article at guardian.co.uk
For your listening pleasure I have upload details of 3 new albums that I think are worth checking out. They're all in the similar genre to Craig's music, so head on over to the Music Recommendations page to discover some new music.
Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion are Scottish based artists who have worked in collaboration since 1993; their studio creates artworks in photography, video, sound and sculpture that explore new artistic languages surrounding the subject of ecology.
Craig Armstrong has worked with Dalziel + Scullion on a few projects to date and D+S's website has recently been updated with footage from their collaborations.
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» The Earth Turned To Bring Us Closer
New Film Score
The remake of the 1981 fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, currently in post-production for a Warner Bros - release in March next year, will get an original score by Craig Armstrong. The film is directed by Louis Leterrier, who previously worked with Armstrong on The Incredible Hulk last year. Clash of the Titans is based on the greek myth about Perseus and his quest to save Princess Andromeda. The film stars Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades and Sam Worthington as Perseus.
Scottish Royal Variety Performance
A Host of stars from the worlds of music, comedy, theatre and dance are set to descend on Glasgow later this year for the first ever Scottish Royal Variety performance.
Among the performers taking to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall stage for the show, on October 8, will be Sandi Thom, Dougie MacLean, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and acclaimed Hollywood composer Craig Armstrong.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at
I've just updated the Music Recommendations page with a new score which I think is worth checking out.
Craig Armstrong will be contributing to the 350th Anniversary celebrations of the life and work of George Frideric Handel in September with a reinterpretation of his music.
With the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conductor Harry Christophers and countertenor David Daniels, Craig's reworking of the revered composer will be played at The Barbican Hall on Saturday, 19th September 2009. Fellow composers including John Tavener, Nico Muhly and Jocelyn Pook, have also reinterpreted Handel's music for the special evening.
The free and legal streaming music service Spotify, which lets you listen to millions of available tracks, has been gaining popularity recently in the UK and Europe media. So and I just wanted to update the website with a few links to some of Craig's and Winona's music.
If you're in the UK and Europe you can sign up and register free via the Spotify website. Enjoy (US version apparently on the way soon)
- Craig Armstrong
- Elizabeth: The Golden Age
- The Clearing
- The Quiet American
- As If To Nothing
- Plunkett and Macleane
- Memory Takes My Hand
UK Tour dates for Massive Attack have been announced for later this year. The band are playing at London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Leicester and Swindon. For tickets and dates visit See Tickets.
Film score composer Clint Mansell is playing a one off gig at London's Union Chapel on July 20th 2009. The composer of most notably of Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain and The Wrestler will be playing music from these and other pieces from his film work portfolio.
Craig Armstrong Sketch on eBay
Friday, 27th February, was National Doodle Day and some of the UK's biggest stars have submitted their scribbles, scrawls and artistic masterpieces to be auctioned off for charity on eBay - and this includes one by Craig Armstrong.
Bid on Craig's sketch over on eBay - Happy Bidding!
Check out this video interview of Winona talking about performing at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris in 2007.
Twitter & Facebook
I’ve recently set up a page on the micro-blogging service Twitter for this website. By signing up to receive updates, you’ll be one of the first to know of any news or announcements relating to Craig and the group Winona.
The official Winona Facebook page has been launch, sign up to receive announcements, listen to tracks and help spread the word on Winona's music.
For those of you who enjoyed Spook’s composer Paul Leonard Morgan’s first solo album Filmtales, you might be interesting in checking out some of his other releases.
His scores for both Galapagos and A History of Scotland showcase Paul's talent to create thematic music featuring grand orchestrations with lush strings and rousing choirs. Fans of Armstrong's film and classical music should definitely check out these CDs.
recent projects highlights of craig armstrong
- Victor Frankenstein
- It's Nearly Tomorrow