Composing & Arranging

Composing & Arranging

As a composer Chris enjoys taking influence from a range of genres including folk, classical and jazz. His compositional work includes folk tune-writing, arrangements for ensembles and improvised pieces.

Chris is available for:

– Tune Commissions (for example this could be for a loved one, special occasion) – this includes discussion on tune type and style, you will receive a framed copy of the tune and a professional recording

– Composing and arranging to briefs for various ensembles and genres

– Typesetting

– Transcription

Get in touch here to discuss your project! 

Early in 2017 Chris released a video of an arrangement of the piobaireachd MacKintosh’s Lament for piano, strings and vocals. Featured in the video is award winning Gaelic Singer Mischa Macpherson, Graham Mackenzie (Violin), Bernadette Kellermann (Violin) and Alice Allen (Cello). 

The audio is available to purchase from the online shop.


McCormack Capers – a jig composed by Chris Gray accompanied by Craig Irving on guitar. Filmed at the National Piping Centre. 


In October 2017 Chris was commissioned by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Equality & Diversity Fund to compose music for Black History Month. This piece forms a part of the Merchant City project led in collaboration with Lori Watson to bring to the forefront and illustrate the extent of Scotland’s role in the slave trade.  

Colossal Campbell’ & ‘North of the Border’