Craig Vear (born 1970, UK) in 2011 was nominated for an Olivier award and a Canadian DORA award for best sound design for The Railway Children. In 2010 he was commissioned by the Laurence Sterne Trust, York Theatre Royal and Arts Council England to compose a digital opera based on “A Sentimental Journey” (1768). In the same year he was commissioned by Exhibition Road Cultural Group and PRS Foundation to create Flow to celebrate World Music Day and the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Ismaili Centre, London. Superfield [Mumbai] (2009) commissioned by Bradford Mela and Mumbai Festival incorporated found sounds and music from the streets of Mumbai weeks after the terrorist attacks of 2008.
During 2003-4 he held the Arts Council England Fellowship with the British Antarctic Survey, which resulted in a large-scale composition created from field recordings. In 2006 Unicorn Theatre, London commissioned Play: Antarctica about these experiences. In 1997 he co-founded the pop group Cousteau, which made 300,000 sales worldwide and gained a gold disc. Singing Ringing Buoy, an installation at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall (2007-8), was shortlisted for the 2005 PRS New Music Award.
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