Celia Craig on stage Boulez 80 bday BBCSO

“Konstantin Shamray, one of this country’s finest pianists and winner of the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition… thrived on a large Steinway brought in for the occasion, and the results were, frankly, gobsmacking. An earlier taste of Shamray playing Mozart had been impressive: his clean, disciplined playing suits classical composers. But nothing could prepare one for Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, Five Pieces for Piano in the last concert. This young man’s huge sense of scale of this music was something never heard before at this festival. In many ways it was equalled by oboist Celia Craig’s effortless vivacity in Mozart’s Oboe Quartet and a superbly characterful, almost theatrically alive performance of Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid.”  Graham Strahle, The Australian, May 2016

“exquisite solos from oboist Celia Craig, the standout performer among the hundred-or-so on stage…” Bension Siebert, InDaily 25/7/16

“Of particular note was Celia Craig (oboe), whose warmth sang above the ensemble with an effortless grace…” Peter Leunig, ClassikOn. Nov 2015

“Particularly charismatic was oboist Celia Craig, whose rich, syrupy tone and crisp articulation was irresistibly moreish...” -Maxim Boon, Limelight, Nov 2015

“The oboe is almost a solo instrument in this work, and Celia Craig’s crooning lines were a pleasure, as was her dainty cadenza into the lively coda of the final movement.” -Angus McPherson Cut Common Nov 2015

“The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is fortunate to have in the principal oboist’s chair a player of the innate musicianship and flawless technical mastery of Celia Craig…”Anthony Steel, AM, Music Director Coriole Music Festival 2016; former Artistic Director of Adelaide, Singapore, Brisbane, Sydney Festivals; former general manager Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

“the ASO’s fine principal oboist, Celia Craig…  this mellifluous Strauss …almost vocal… The warmth of her sound and the lovely – and loving – way she shaped phrases were beguiling…”
– The Advertiser, June 2012

“The soloists were excellent…interplay between flute and oboe was seamless, Alexa Still and Celia Craig exchanging rapid-fire flourishes and sonorous cameos…the cadenza was outstanding,…showing their brilliance…”
The Christchurch Press, 2010

“…eloquent…the wonderful Celia Craig..”
London Evening Standard

“exceptionally fine … Bravo to Celia Craig..”
The Barefoot Review

“Celia Craig  had an excellent night….sinuously melodic, and beautifully phrased….”
The Times

‘Most challenged, and most triumphant, were the winds, collectively and individually- Celia Craig’s plangent oboe (oh those rich, reedy cambiatas) and the floaty flute of Geoffrey Collins… Hardly any of the songs passed without being enriched by comment from one or both…”
The Advertiser

“Celia Craig returned as soloist in Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto…This was an outstanding performance… a warm flexible tone … sensitive shaping of the long, elegant phrases maintaining  an elasticity of line that made for a most moving rendition that well deserved the prolonged applause that it received”
Yorkshire Evening Press

“This was a very powerful performance from the BBCSO….the solos from… Michael Cox (flute) and Celia Craig (cor anglais) were excellent. Haitink may have had to work harder with this orchestra than he might have done with the London Symphony Orchestra or the Concertgebouw, but perhaps the results were all the more special because of that…”
The Independent on Sunday

“…the plangency of Celia Craig’s sound was as full and eloquent high up in her range as in the sombre low tenor”  **** (The World’s Ransoming, James MacMillan, cor anglais)
The Guardian

“Wind soloists had their say, none more eloquently than the wonderful cor anglais player Celia Craig. Her sound billowed coolly in heat that made even a St. John ambulance nurse faint…”
The London Evening Standard