Canadian composer, conductor and trumpeter Allan Rae was born in Blairmore, Alberta on 3 July 1942. He studied composition and arranging at the Berklee College of Music, and, later, electronic music and composition with Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
He began his working life as a trumpeter in the Canadian Army Band for three years. He was a composer and conductor for CBC Calgary TV and Radio (1966-70).
Based in Calgary, he is known particularly for his theatre work, including musicals, incidental music and an opera. He was composer-in-residence at Alberta Theatre Projects from 1985 until 2000. His catalogue also includes symphonic, choral and chamber works.
Life Under Quarantine - Suggestions for the classical musician, from Gordon Andrew R
Lost Music for Lost Souls - Richard Meszto tells the story of the re-discovery of Allan Rae's music for 'Charles Manson AKA Jesus Christ', a play by Fabian Jennings
The Many Hats of Allan Rae - A Birthday Greeting, by Endre Anaru
Music of the Elvish World - Gordon Rumson explores Allan Rae's 'Mirror of Galadriel'
MV3, with Gordon Rumson and Keith Bramich - the first of Music and Vision's monthly visits to the world of online music