Angus MacRae is a London based composer and musician. Alongside a number of acclaimed solo works, he has collaborated with a diverse range of filmmakers, choreographers, theatre directors, animators and photographers from across Europe and beyond, writing original music for award winning work across the arts.
Recent highlights include a series of works composed for multiple pianos, including Through Shadows, originally commissioned by the Barbican Centre and premiered at the venue in an arrangement for six grand pianos by the acclaimed Piano Circus.
In Spring 2018, his score for Rebecca Frecknall's critically acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams's Summer & Smoke was performed at London’s Almeida Theatre by a cast of actor musicians, playing 'a thrumming live soundtrack' (Financial Times) on nine upright pianos surrounding the stage. Following a sell-out run, it will transfer to The Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End in November 2018.
Recent feature film work includes the forthcoming Fighting For A City, produced by Nick Ryle (Being AP), chronicling the rise of boxer Josh Warrington and the changing shape of his hometown of Leeds, and 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.
Work on short films includes Together Again, a short animated film created in association with Dementia UK, winner of a Gold Shark Award for best original music, 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. Additionally, he has written original music for commercials for the likes of Sony, Toyota & Vodaphone.
Full length solo albums include Cry Wolf & Awake/Tides (1631 Recordings/Decca), both intimate works setting solo piano and strings against a backdrop of distant voices and rich analog synths. Reaching a global audience, they have racked up several million streams on Spotify and Apple Music.
More recently he completed work on Thesis 07, an international collaboration with German trio InsaDonjaKai, released in a strictly limited edition of 10” vinyl records, each with individually handcrafted artwork by American artist Gregory Euclide.
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; What the Moon Saw, From Above and Lucid Grounds for 2Faced Dance, which have all toured nationally and internationally, and Meeting, choreographed by Wayne Parsons, a finalist in the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition.
His extensive work for the theatre includes music for a diverse range of plays, performed in London’s West End and at venues including Trafalgar Studios, Soho Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, National Theatre Studio and The Pleasance, Edinburgh.
Angus grew up by the sea and now lives and works in London.