COMPOSER

"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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LATEST


ANTHROPOCENE

Scottish Opera premiered the latest opera by Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh in January 2019. Set on a ship in an Arctic fjord, the opera is a mystery-thriller directed by Matthew Richardson with designs by Samal Blak.

'Icily resonant tale with a remorseless grip...' ★★★★ 

The Telegraph

 'Gripping music theatre.' ★★★★ The Times

https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/anthropocene/


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

View/listen here

buy the score (pdf) here


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) 

http://delphianrecords.co.uk/product-group/set-upon-the-rood-new-music-for-choir-ancient-instruments/


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

MOBOFCROWS

World premiere

Sarah Watts, contrabass clarinet

Isle of Raasay Distillery

11th April 2019 2.30pm

https://raasaydistillery.com/raasay-distillery-events/ten-wee-drams-11th-april-2019/


Lento in memoriam Peter Maxwell Davies

Rolf Hind, piano

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

27th April 3.30pm

(pre-concert talk at 2.30pm)

https://www.hebdenbridgepianofestival.com/rolf-hind/


Lento in memoriam Peter Maxwell Davies

Rolf Hind, piano

City University of London

10th May 1.10pm

https://www.city.ac.uk/events/2019/may/rolf-hind


Birches

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Eugene Tzigane, conductor

New Auditiorium

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

22nd May 2019 1pm

https://www.rsno.org.uk/concert/?c_id=902&action=Read+Morec_id=902&action=Read+More

Recent

I am Prometheus

World premiere

The Hebrides Ensemble

The Lammermuir Festival

19th September 2018


Anthropocene

World premiere

Scottish Opera

Glasgow, Edinburgh and Hackney

24th Jan-9th Feb 2019


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New works are in the pipeline for contrabass clarinettist Sarah Watts, and the Lammermuir Festival, 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

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Biography

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 series of works based on the Prometheus myth for the Lammermuir Festival.

work list (under construction)

Opera / Music theatre

Anthropocene (2018)

Libretto by Louise Welsh

Cast: 2Sop/Mez/2Ten/Bar/BBar/Bass  

Orchestration: 2(II=picc/afl).2(I,II=obd’A,corA).2(II=bcl).2(II=cbn)-2.2.2.0-perc(2)-harp-strings(10.8.6.6.4 / minimum 5.4.3.2.2)

Duration c.120'

Commissioned and premiered by Scottish Opera 

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The Devil Inside (2015)

Libretto by Louise Welsh

Cast: Mez/Ten/Bar/BBar

Orchestration: 1(picc/afl).1(chanter).1(bcl/eflatcl).1(cbn)-0.1.1.0-perc(1)-harp-strings(1.1.1.2.1)

Duration c.94'

Commissioned and premiered by Scottish Opera / Music Theatre Wales

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Ghost Patrol (2011)

Libretto by Louise Welsh

Cast: Sop/Ten/Bar

Orchestration:  1(picc).1(ca).1(bcl).1(cbn)-0.1.1.0-perc(1)-harp-/str(1.1.1.2.1)

Duration c.57'

Commissioned and premiered by Scottish Opera / Music Theatre Wales

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Remembrance Day (2008)

Libretto by Louise Welsh

Cast: Sop/Con/BBar

Orchestration:
1.1.1.cbn-0.0.0.0-perc(1)-harp-pf(harmonium)-str(1.1.1.1.1)

Duration c.17'

Commissioned and premiered by Scottish Opera

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Echo and Narcissus (opera-ballet, 2006)

Libretto by Edward Kemp, choreography by Cathy Marston

Cast: Sop/Ten/Female dancer/Male dancer

Orchestration: cl.tbn.perc(1).pf(samp).vn.vc

Duration c.30'

Commissioned and premiered by The Royal Opera House Covent Garden

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The Assassin Tree (2006)

Libretto by Simon Armitage

Cast: Sop/2Ten/BBar

Orchestration: 1(pic).0.0.1-0.1.2.1-perc(1)-pf-str(1.1.2.2.1)

Duration c.63'

Commissioned and premiered by Edinburgh International Festival / The Royal Opera House Covent Garden

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Orchestral

Coming soon...

Large chamber (10-19 performers)

Coming soon...

Small chamber (2-9 performers)

Lovely ter of lovely eye (2019)

Voice (soprano, mezzo or tenor) and piano

Duration c.5'

Text: anon


I am Prometheus (2018)

Tenor and ensemble (fl.cl.harp.string qt)

Duration c.12'

Text by the composer


Sunrises (2017)

Piano trio

Duration c.10'


After the Rendezvous (2017)

Voice (soprano, mezzo or tenor) and piano

Duration c.5'

Text: Tomas Tranströmer trans. Robin Fulton


Four Attar Songs (2017)

Soprano and guitar

Duration c.17'

Text: Farid Attar

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A Caucus Race (2015)

Violin and piano

Duration c.2'30"

Listen (Ashley Wass and Matthew Trusler)

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Ixion (2014)

clarinet, cello and piano

Duration c.17'

Purchase score (pdf)


cladonia bellidiflora (2014)

Violin and cello

Duration c.5'

Listen on Soundcloud

Purchase score (pdf)


Parable (2013)

Baritone and ensemble (fl.cl.pf.vn.vc)

Duration c.11'

Text: Wilfred Owen

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Nephele (2012)

Flute, harp, violin, viola and cello

Duration c.11'

Listen on Soundcloud


For works before 2012 please visit Music Sales - details will be added here later

Solo

MOBOFCROWS (2019)

contrabass clarinet

Duration c.2'30"


fenodyree (2018)

violin

Duration c.5'


Random Acts of Kindness 5 (2017)

organ

Duration c.10'

Listen on Soundcloud (Michael Bonaventure)

Purchase score (pdf)


Piano Sonata No.2 (2016)

Duration c.21'

Watch on Youtube (Simon Smith)

Purchase score (pdf)


Lento in memoriam Peter Maxwell Davies (2016)

piano

Duration: c.3'

Watch on Youtube (Rolf Hind)


fenodyree (2015)

viola

Duration c.5'

Watch on Youtube (Timothy Ridout)

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Choral

Coming soon...

Contact

Represented worldwide by Rayfield Allied

Stuart MacRae

+44(0)7946 479255

Photo credits: Loudon MacRae Photography (photos of Stuart)

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