"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

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Piano Sonata No.2 shortlisted for the Dorico Award in the Scottish Awards for New Music

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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)

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

Performances coming up

New work based on Prometheus

for the Lammermuir Festival

September 2018

More details of this and other projects to follow...


Four Attar Songs

The Lif of this World

Alison McNeill, soprano

Sasha Savaloni, guitar

Renfield St. Stephens Church


18th November 2017 6.30pm

info and tickets

Coventry Carol (wp)

The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Carol services, G&C college chapel

29th November (6pm)

30th November (4.30pm)

3rd December

then on tour in Hong Kong/Singapore

Sunrises (wp)

Gould Piano Trio

Lammermuir Festival

Stenton Parish Church

23rd September 2017 11am

New works are in the pipeline for the Lammermuir Festival and Scottish Opera, 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, which was premiered in early 2017.


Stuart MacRae's page at Novello & Co Ltd.

Funding is gratefully acknowledged from: #TheComposersFund

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)