Angus MacRae is a British composer and musician, known for creating intricately crafted sound worlds that blend intimate acoustic recordings with deeply textured electronic backdrops. He has written original scores for award winning work across the arts, alongside a number of acclaimed solo recordings.
Versatile and inventive, his recent scores include Rebecca Frecknall’s critically acclaimed revival of Summer & Smoke at the Almeida Theatre, written for nine upright pianos surrounding the stage and performed live by a cast of actor musicians; Fighting For A City (Universal Pictures/Moneyglass Films), a feature length documentary chronicling the rise of IBF World Champion boxer Josh Warrington, which opened the Leeds Film Festival; and Through Shadows, a new work originally commissioned by the Barbican Centre, which premiered at the venue in an arrangement for six grand pianos, in association with Spotify.
Drawing on this experience, his full length solo albums Cry Wolf and Awake/Tides (1631 Recordings/Decca) set intimate solo piano and strings against a backdrop of distant voices and dusty analog synths. Reaching a global audience, they have racked up several million streams on Spotify and Apple Music.
Other film credits include Gypsy’s Revenge (Lightbox/Discovery ID), produced by double Academy Award winner Simon Chinn (Man on Wire/Searching For Sugar Man) and directed by Jesse Vile; Little Shit by Richard Gorodecky, winner of Best British Film at the London Short Film Festival; and No Strings, winner of best score at LA’s Highland Park Film Festival.
His scores for contemporary dance include 공·空·Zero: Restriction, Body and Time, choreographed by Marc Brew & Bora Kim, which premiered in Seoul as part of the 2018 Cultural Olympiad; From Above and Lucid Grounds for 2Faced Dance, which have both toured nationally and internationally; and Meeting, choreographed by Wayne Parsons, a finalist in the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition.
In addition, he has written music for a diverse range of plays, performed in London’s West End and beyond at venues including The Duke of York’s Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, Soho Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, National Theatre Studio and The Pleasance, Edinburgh.
Angus studied music and composition at the University of Nottingham and trained as a classical pianist. He grew up by the sea and now lives and works in London.