Three Premieres for Stuart MacRae

Three Premieres for Stuart MacRae
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Classical mythology, the Scottish landscape and an exploration of musical relationships have each shaped three very different new works by Stuart MacRae. The composer is the focus of attention with a new work for dance, as well as chamber and orchestral pieces being premiered in the coming months.

Echo and Narcissus is MacRae’s first piece for dance and has been written in collaboration with choreographer Cathy Marston, to a libretto by Edward Kemp. The work, which has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House, will be performed at its Linbury Studio on May 21-24. The stage will be shared by a pair of dancers and two singers, while the score combines electronics with a small ensemble of musicians.

Birches has been commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for its Highland Tour and will be performed in Strathpeffer, Fort William and Findhorn on June 21-23. Composed while Inverness-born MacRae was living in Germany, the piece recalls images of the highland landscape which filled his head when thinking of his home.

In July at the City of London Festival, BBC New Generation Artists Danjulo Ishizaka (cello) and Martin Helmchen (piano) will give the premiere of a new work written for them by MacRae. Unity explores the relationship between the two players, treating the instruments as equals and exploring their similarities and differences. It will be premiered at the Church of St Anne & St Agnes on July 11. 

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