"an unexpected delight, and a festival highlight."

David Kettle, The Strad (Edinburgh Festival)





"a stylish, colourfully orchestrated piece, its quiet, twitchy first bars the prelude to the titular 'surge' of energy"


The music of prize-winning Scottish composer, collaborator and music educator Claire McCue has been performed across  the UK, as well as Internationally, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland. She is currently based in her hometown, Glasgow. 

Profile photo by David McCue 


October / Nov 2021: And it's all go!" 

After the drought of live performance (and scores sitting waiting to be rehearsed) it's almost surreal that there will be multiple performances/premieres of new pieces within 8 days of each other! 

Sound Festival, Aberdeen, (Pct 24th), Childrens' Classics Concerts, Glasgow/Edinburgh (Oct 30th/31st) and RSNO Junior Chorus at COP 26. (Nov 2nd). 

For event  info:  https://composerclairemccue.com/events.html 

September 2021: "Ghost Ship" - Childrens' Classic Concerts

At last, concerts are back, and so important for young people to experience live performance too! My new song "Ghost Ship", commissioned by Children's Classic Concerts" will feature as the title song in their forthcoming concert "GHOST SHIP", performed by Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the RSNO young choirs. 

For event  info:  https://composerclairemccue.com/events.html 

September 2021: "No Ear-rest for the nearest"

Commissioned by Ruth Morley, one of Scotland's leading flautists and contemporary performers, as part of a set "Lost & Found", this online premiere is now available at 



April 2020: Double trombone concerto recording...

I am delighted to share the recording from the recent premiere of my double trombone concrto "In Pursuit", featuring soloists Dávur Magnussen (RSNO) and Simon Johnson (BBC SSO) along with Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Gordon Bragg. Thanks to Tim Cooper for therecording/editing work. Listen in my soundcloud on this page...

March 2020:  Songs for National Youth Choir of Northern Ireland

Just finished the song cycle "The Wee Folk & the Big Folk" for the choir. Fingers crossed they will still be able to perform it this summer but who knows! 

March 2020: NYCoS premiere

Sadly, the premiere (originally April) of the NYCoS Girl's Choir piece has been cancelled in the light of current evernts. But best we all keep safe, and something to look forward to in the future.


January 2020: New Review

Feeling very grateful for the wonderful review in the Scotsman of both my double trombone concerto premiere on 11th January. READ HERE:


January 2020

Brilliant start to the year with a fantastically well received performance of my new double trombone concerto "In Pursuit", by ECME and amazing soloists Dávur Magnussen (RSNO) and Simon Johnson (BBC SSO), Reid Hall Edinburgh

December 2019:

New commission from National Junior Choir of Northern Ireland for a song cycle for their summer concert 2020, based on Northen Ireland's legends/landmarks including the giant's causeway! Wee trip to Belfast to takein the sights and get some inspiration!

October 2019:

Confirmed... New double trombone concerto to be premiered with with Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble in January 2020!

August 2019: Looking forward to getting started soon on a new commission for NYCoS National Girl's Choir...

August 2019: "Kneeling"  (SATB & clarinet) will be performed again by The Choir of Old Saint Pauls and clarinettist Calum Rbertson in their fringe concerts.

Details here: http://composerclairemccue.com/events.html


May 2019: Delighted to have been shortlisted again for the New Music Scotland Awards, 2019, in the chamber music category. Congratulations to James Dillon, the winner!  


May 2019: Brilliant performances of three of my children's songs, by RSNO Junior Chorus Preliminary and training choirs at their 40th Anniversary concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall! I loved seing all the young singers enjoying them so much :) 


May 2019: Brilliant performances of three of my children's songs, by RSNO Junior Chorus Preliminary and training choirs at their 40th Anniversary concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall! I loved seing all the young singers enjoying them so much :) 

May 2019: Enjoyed watching the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's choral concert, including one of my pentatonic songs for the pre-juniors, New Auditorium, Glasgow 2019. 

April 2019: Fantastic premiere and singing and choreography of my newest children's song "Rollercoaster Rde" from NYCoS youngest boys choir - your singing (and energetic choreography) was fantastic! 


January 2019: I'm feeling very priviliged to have been selected to start the year on a LEAP Artist Development programme, produced by SERIOUS and supported by the Paul Hamyln Foundation. We had talks from Industry experts, delivered workshops working with  fellow artists, and set about ideas for how to use our seed funding for new project ideas. After an intense 4 days at Cats Abbey, Oxford, I left feeling exhausted, but inspired and motivated by the amazing work of other musicians and speakers.


December 2018:The talented pre-juniors choir from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be singing one of my children's song "There's a Dinosaur in My Garden" in their Christmas concert at City Halls, Glasgow. 



November 2018: Looking forward to performances this month in Glasgow and Edinburgh of "I Regret Your Sex" , with Juice vocal ensemble (SSA)..



September 2018: In progress... new commission for The Night With... series, composing for fantastic London based Vocal trio "Juice". Performances  in Glasgow & Edinburgh in November 2018.


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April 2018: An exciting new commission is now underway for  a collaboration with the National Youth Performing Arts Companies, working together for the first time.Youths from the National Youth Theatre of Scotland,  Y-Dance, National Youth Choir of Scotland and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland will be performing an hour long original performance in Old Fruitmarket as part of the Merchant City Festival and European Games in August.