Craig Macdonald


Craig Macdonald – Horn


Originally from Elgin in Scotland, Craig has been living in Cardiff for 6 years and has been working as a freelance musician since he finished his studies in 2009.


After finishing school, Craig won a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as it was known then) in 2004 and studied with David Flack and Hugh Potts for four years. He graduated with a BMus in performance.

He then won a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship to study for a MMus in Orchestral Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He studied with Hugh Seenan, Jeff Bryant and Richard Bissil, and graduated with a Masters degree in 2009.

Freelancing and Teaching Career

As well as Craig’s recent appointment as 2nd Horn with the Orchestra of the Swan, Craig has a busy freelance and teaching career.

Craig Macdonald plays french horn for orchestra of the swan
Craig Macdonald Brass player for Orchestra of the Swan

As a freelance musician, Craig has worked with many orchestras throughout the UK and abroad. These include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales (including a trial for 2nd horn), Welsh National Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, English National Ballet, Manchester Camerata, RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India.

Craig feels very honoured to be asked to be a regular member of The Swan and is very excited to be a part of the orchestra’s future.

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