Stuart MacRae (composer)
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Education and career
Stuart MacRae was born in Inverness, Scotland. He studied at Durham University with Philip Cashian and Michael Zev Gordon, and subsequently with Simon Bainbridge and Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. By his mid-twenties he was writing astonishingly original and powerfully expressive works, and was receiving commissions from organisations such as the BBC and the London Sinfonietta as well as being appointed Composer-in-Association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Often inspired by aspects of nature and humans' relationship to it, MacRae's style draws on various strands of European modernism, including the music of Igor Stravinsky, Elliott Carter, Iannis Xenakis, Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies.
- The Witch’s Kiss (1997; chamber ensemble)
- Violin Concerto (2001)
- Ancrene Wisse (2002; choir, orchestra)
- Motus (2003; chamber ensemble)
- Echo and Narcissus (2006; chamber ensemble/dance)
- Birches (2007; chamber orchestra)
- Gaudete (2008; soprano and orchestra)
- Earth (2010; orchestra)
- The Assassin Tree (2006; chamber opera)
- Remembrance Day (2009; chamber opera)
- Ghost Patrol (2011; chamber opera)
- 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Opera for Ghost Patrol.
- 1993-7 – studies at Durham University, then Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
- 1996 – finalist in Lloyd’s Bank Young Composers’ workshop.
- 1997 – premiere of The Witch’s Kiss with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Peter Maxwell Davies.
- 1999–2003 – Composer-in-Association of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
- 2001 – MacRae portrait concert conducted by James MacMillan at Edinburgh International Festival.
- 2001 – Violin Concerto premiered at BBC Proms.
- 2006 – The Assassin Tree, MacRae's first opera premiered at Edinburgh International Festival.
- 2008 – Gaudete premiered at BBC Proms.
- 2012 – Ghost Patrol premiered by Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales.
- The City Inside – Black Box BBM1058
- Piano Sonata – Delphian DCD 34009
- Tol-Pedn – Kairos 0012442KAI
- Interact – London Sinfonietta SINF CD1-2006
- Violin Concerto, Two Scenes from the Death of Count Ugolino, Motus, Stirling Choruses – NMC D115
- "Stuart MacRae on creating music from a WW1 poem". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
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