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Kevin McCrae studied conducting with Norman Del Mar whilst he was a student at the Royal College of Music, London between 1979-1983 and conducted many student concerts there. His conducting “went on the back burner” whilst he fulfilled his ambitions as a ‘cellist, but in recent years more opportunities to conduct and direct have arisen and Kevin has decided to leave his position as no.2 ‘cellist in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra later this year to pursue a career in composing, arranging and conducting.


Below is a list of some of his more recent conducting and directing engagements.

November 2003

Conducted Ulster Orchestra Concert at Belfast Festival.

July 2003

Directed Perthshire Ensemble for “Dougie MacLean with Strings” CD.

May 2003

Conducted Royal Scottish National Orchestra in concert with Eddi Reader at the “Burns” Festival in Ayr.

Jan & Feb 2003

Conducted Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2 sell out concerts with Eddi Reader in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the Celtic Connections Festival.

February 2003

Conducted Royal Scottish National Orchestra in CD of Burns songs sung by Eddi Reader.

August 2002

Directed Perthshire Ensemble in concert with Dougie MacLean at the Queens Hall, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

July 2002

Conducted enlarged BT Scottish Ensemble in score for the Don Coutts film, American Cousins.

Dec 2001 & Jan 2002

Conducted BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in score for BBC Scotland’s 6-part drama series, Gruth is Uachdar (Crowdie and Cream).

October 2001

Conducted BT Scottish Ensemble for Karen Matheson CD, “Time to fall”.

August 2001

Directed Perthshire Ensemble in concert with Dougie MacLean at the Queens Hall, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

May 2001

Conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in concert with Dougie MacLean at the Lochwinnoch Festival.


What the critics said!

Ulster Orchestra concert at the Whitla Hall as part of the 2003 Belfast Festival.

“Kevin McCrae is as sympathetic a conductor as he is arranger.” Belfast Telegraph, Novenber 2003

“… brought to life again under the enthusiastic baton of Scottish conductor Kevin McCrae” Belfast Newsletter, November 2003


As well as working with professional musicians, Kevin has a great deal of experience working with student and youth orchestras, something he enjoys enormously. He conducted the Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra in 2 concerts at the Festival of British Youth Orchestras in Edinburgh and took them on a tour of the Scottish Highlands and Orkney in 1997. He has also conducted the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra in full and sectional rehearsals for their 2003 tour of Russia and the Baltic states. Some of the other youth orchestras he has conducted include the Shetland Youth Orchestra, the Lochaber Music School Orchestra and the string orchestra at the Junior Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

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