Based in Hampshire, Craig Lawton is Musical Director of the Winchester Chamber Orchestra, Director of Music at Christ Church Freemantle and Principal Conductor of the Charity Symphony Orchestra. Craig initially studied conducting with John Traill and was the first person to be accepted on the City of Southampton Orchestra's assistant conductor scheme. Whilst reading music at Southampton University, Craig studied under Robin Browning. During this time he was assistant conductor for the University Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta; he also managed and conducted the Concerto Orchestra. Since graduating in 2007 Craig has led notable performances including Tchaikovsky's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies and the Poulenc Harpsichord concerto with leading British Harpsichordist Jane Chapman. Craig’s conducting has taken him to venues in England and Europe. In March 2009 along with fellow colleagues, Craig helped mark the bicentenary of Haydn’s death by successfully performing all 104 Symphonies in aid of Comic Relief at the Turner Sims in Southampton. Following his studies with Robin Browning, Craig has studied conducting with Jason Lai and, most recently, in Berlin with the renowned conducting teacher Colin Metters from the Royal Academy of Music.
Off the podium, Craig is a tenor in the Romsey Choral Society. When not rehearsing or performing, you can often find Craig in the Waterloo Arms enjoying a good pint of real ale with friends.