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  • Chart topping violinist to play in church

    By Kenny Parker

    A CHART topping violinist who has also performed for the Royal Family is giving a one off concert in aid of a church in Mawdesley.

    Craig Hallliday is a ‘crossover’ violinist – playing both classical and contemporary music  – and was no 1 in the ReverbNation classical charts for five consecutive weeks in 2014 with his album Portrait. He also played solo for the Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh at a banquet at Bradford City Hall in 1997, and performed for HRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their first public appearance following the announcement of their engagement in 2010.

    He will be performing a mix of classical and contemporary music at St Peters Church, Mawdesley on Saturday February 9, with the concert beginning at 7pm. 

    Yorhkshire man Craig played at the wedding of Mawdesley couple Natalie and Jim Nelson, who got married in St Peters Church in 2017. 

    Michael Foster, Natalie's father and friend of the violinist, said Craig plays a mixture of music including Queen, Coldplay, Riverdance and classical and is “absolutely superb”. 

    “He is a world renowned violinist coming to Mawdesley,” Michael said, “And this will probably be the last time he will do it. It is not to be missed because he is quite unique.”

    Speaking to the Champion, Craig, who has a new album coming out in April, said of his performance for the Queen: “The Bradford Music Service was asked to provide the musical backdrop to the Royal visit and being the Lead Violinist of the Bradford Youth

    Orchestra at that time, I was subsequently asked to play solo during the banquet in the City Hall. I was given a very specific cue on when to start playing, and that was when Her Majesty raised her soup spoon!”

    About his upcoming concert in Mawdesley, he added: “I do love the intimacy of St Peter's in Mawdesley, and I look forward to returning and hopefully, once again, raise some substantial funds for this lovely little church.” 

    Tickets are £10 available by calling 07930 533741.  



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