Stuart is a freelance bassist and composer based in rural Dumfries and Galloway. A versatile and highly creative musician not confined to any one specific genre, he explores repertoire in jazz, classical, folk and world traditional music, bringing a unique playing and writing style to each environment. A keen collaborator, Stuart enjoys working with artists from different disciplines, drawing on his experience within the workshop environment as well as his skills as an improviser to bring about innovative responses to creative questions.

Current Works


Immersive soundscape/composition.
Initially commissioned by The Stove Network to Coincide with Kathy Hinde’s Luminous Birds project.  Flight is influenced and inspired by the migration of barnacle geese from Svalbard to Caerlaverock.  Currently in development for Cryptic Nights.

Lament for William Smith

String Quartet for Violin, Nyckelharpa, Harp & Double Bass.
Commissioned by Moniaive Festival Village and written in memory of William Smith, who in 1685 was unlawfully shot just outside the village of Moniaive.

Welcome My Son

Sound Design and score for physical theatre production.
Commissioned by Phil Hardie (Spotted Stripes Circus).  Based on Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and performed through circus acrobatics, physical theatre and spoken word the show explores themes of social conformity, isolation, prejudice and abandonment.

As a performer Stuart has been involved in numerous projects ranging from the highly acclaimed orchestration of Martyn Bennett’s ‘GRIT’ by Greg Lawson to his work with singer/songwriter Emma Gillespie (Emma’s Imagination).  He is currently performing and writing for a new quartet with Wendy Stewart, Ruth Morris and Gavin Marwick.
As a composer Stuart has had pieces performed by Mr McFall’s Chamber, Red Note Ensemble and has been twice shortlisted for the Martyn Bennett Prize For Composition.  He has worked on cross-disciplinary projects through National Theatre of Scotland, Creative Mackintosh Festival, Spotted Stripes Circus and most recently Cryptic.
Stuart teaches privately and works regularly as a music facilitator with Paragon Music, working with young and vulnerable people with additional support needs on a number of creative music programmes.


Upcoming Shows

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Stuart Macpherson is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.