Major Craig Hallatt BA(Mus) LRSM ALCM CAMUS
Vice-President and Honorary Musical Director
Having started his musical career at the age of 7 in the Brass Bands of Yorkshire, Major Hallatt joined the Army in September 1985. He commenced two years training at the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Armoured Corps at Bovington Camp, Dorset. On completion of this he was posted in September 1987 to Hohne and the Band of The Queen’s Own Hussars. In 1988 he attended the Royal Military School of Music pupils’ course during which he gained his first diploma: Associate The London College of Music.
In 1993 the amalgamation of Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars and the Queen’s Own Hussars meant the new regiment, the Queen’s Royal Hussars, would be formed in Fallingbostel. Shortly after this ‘Options for change’ in 1994 saw Major Hallatt join the newly fashioned Cambrai Band of The Royal Tank Regiment also in Fallingbostel. During this time h revisited many different countries and it was whilst with this band that he was selected to be a Student Bandmaster. Following a boyhood dream Major Hallatt commenced the three-year degree course at the Royal Military School of Music in Twickenham in January 1997. As well as attaining his BA(Mus) he also successfully passed passed the Licentitate of the Royal School of Music in Conducting.
On completing of the Bandmasters’ Course Major Hallatt was assigned to be the Bandmaster of the Lowland Band of The Scottish Division in 2001. During this inaugural post he was based in Redford Barracks and completed tours of Northern Ireland, Switzerland and Germany. Operationally he was deployed on Op Telic in Kuwait and Iraq during which he worked with the NBC Cell and Prisoner of War Tactical Questioning Team.
In 2004 he began the 5 month equestrian course in preparation for the post as Bandmaster The Life Guards. During his time with the band he participated in many state ceremonial engagements within London such as Trooping the Colour and The Lord Mayor’s Show.
In January 2007 he was commissioned to become the SO3 Recruiting for the Corps of Army Music, based at Headquarters Directorate Corps of Army Music (Officer Commanding Corps Recruiting Team).
After two years at Staff he was appointed as Director of Music of the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in January 2009. In addition to performing as the State Ceremonial band of Scotland which included playing for the Pope’s visit to Scotland in 2010; during his two and a half year tenure he travelled extensively to Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia.
In 2011 Major Hallatt was selected to the prestigious post of Director of Music The Royal Artillery Band based in Woolwich, at 252 years old it is the oldest established professional musical organisation in the country. Whilst there Major Hallatt participated in many state ceremonial events including Changing the Guard, garden parties, state banquets, investitures and public duties at Buckingham Palace. He also performed at the 2012 Olympics and toured many countries including Sweden where he first met Ian Yeoman BEM, the Band Director of The Royal British Legion Band & Corps of Drums, Romford. In late 2013, Major Hallatt and the Royal Artillery Band were operationally deployed to Afghanistan in the role of troop morale support. Completing 97 engagements in 47 days the band performed with Gary Barlow and Katherine Jenkins and managed to fit in 24 carol services in 48 hours during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Major Hallatt now works as Staff Officer Training at the Headquarters Corps of Army Music at the Royal Military School of Music in Twickenham.