Stuart MacRae


"A brilliant new work that makes you think...spine tingling opera"

Opera Britannia

One of the most exciting and expressive composers working today, Stuart MacRae is equally at home writing opera, orchestral music, chamber music and music for choirs. Dramatic and surprising, his music takes listeners on a journey through perceptions of nature, striking imagery and the landscape of human emotion.

"Put out the flags, because it’s not often one can hail a new opera that integrates a musically taut score into a theatrically effective narrative. An even rarer cause for rejoicing is a new opera during which one can close one’s eyes and still hear the text and feel the drama. So it’s respect all round for The Devil Inside"

The Telegraph

Latest news


OUT NOW on Delphian Records - Cantata for Soloists, Choir and Lyre, with the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber (cond.) and Bill Taylor (lyre)

A Caucus Race for violin and piano released on the CD "Wonderland" (Orchid Classics) performed by Matthew Trusler and Ashley Wass 

CD (Amazon)

mp3 (Amazon)


The Devil Inside has been shortlisted for the Achievement in Opera award at the 2016 UK Theatre Awards and the inaugural Sunday Herald Culture Awards

Performances coming up / recent

The Lif of this World

Feargus Hetherington, violin

Lliam Paterson, piano

Scottish Arts Club

4th June 2017 3pm

booking details here

Four Attar Songs (wp)

The Lif of this World

Alison McNeill, soprano

Sasha Savaloni, guitar

St. Magnus International Festival

19th June 2017

click here for info and tickets

Magnus, Noble Martyr

Cappella Nova

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

23,24,25 August 2017

venue details to come

Sunrises (wp)

Gould Piano Trio

Lammermuir Festival

Stenton Parish Church

23rd September 2017 11am

Two Cairns

Onyx Brass

Vale of Glamorgan Festival

21st May 2017 4pm

After the Rendezvous (wp)

Nicholas Sharratt, tenor

Charlotte Brennand, piano

St. Michael's Church, Blewbury

20th May 2017 7.30pm

Lento in Memoriam Peter Maxwell Davies (wp)

Rolf Hind, Piano

Occupy the Pianos

St. John's Smith Square

6th May 2017 

Piano Sonata No.2 (wp)

(click to view on Youtube)

Simon Smith, piano

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland,

25th February 2017

Stirling Choruses for orchestral brass

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: James MacMillan

Glasgow City Halls, 27th November 2.00pm

One Man in his Time for String Trio

The Highland Collective

Ardross Hall, Alness, 26th November 8pm

New works are in the pipeline for the Lammermuir Festival, pianist Rolf Hind and Enterprise Music Scotland, including a major new work for the Lammermuir Festival based on the myth of Prometheus. This project has been supported by The Composers’ Fund. The Composers’ Fund is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative in association with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

About Stuart


Born in Inverness in 1976, Stuart MacRae has established himself as one of the most distinctive composers of his generation, writing music of elemental power and emotional subtlety. His works include a Violin Concerto (2001), Hamartia for cello and ensemble (2004), and Gaudete for soprano and orchestra (2008), all of which have been performed at the BBC Proms. Works for the stage include the dance-opera Echo and Narcissus (2007) and the opera Ghost Patrol (2012), a collaboration with writer Louise Welsh for Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales, which won the 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Opera and was shortlisted for an Olivier Award.  

Stuart’s music has been performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Edinburgh International Festival, and by ensembles including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, BCMG and London Sinfonietta, as well as numerous orchestras.   Stuart was Composer in Association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1999 to 2003. He was resident composer at the Spannungen Kammermusikfest in Heimbach, Germany in 2003, and Edinburgh Festival Creative Fellow at the University of Edinburgh from 2005 to 2006. From 2006 to 2007 he was a resident composer at Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany.   

Recent projects include the opera The Devil Inside, written for Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera, Cantata, for the Choir of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, and a Second Piano Sonata for Simon Smith, due to be premiered in early 2017.   


Stuart MacRae

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Photo credits: Loudon MacRae Photography (photos of Stuart)

Bill Cooper (production photo of Ben McAteer, Steven Page and Rachel Kelly in The Devil Inside)