Pippa Reid-Foster’s musical career began at an early age with learning to play the piano. Music became a prominent element of her school career during which she studied the cello, whistle, fiddle, Bodhran and finally Clarsach. She has participated in many traditional music tours, has taken part in various music competitions and has played live on BBC Scotland’s Celtic Connections. Pippa was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 BBC Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the year competition and most recently has attained a Masters from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied Scottish music specialising in composition.
Based in Helensburgh on the West coast of Scotland, Pippa plays her Clarsach at a diverse range of venues. She travels far and wide to entertain at weddings, public and private receptions, corporate events, charity events and various other functions. Her broad repertoire which ranges from Scottish traditional to contemporary is supplemented by her own arrangements and compositions and can be tailored to suit any occasion.
Playing regularly throughout Scotland Pippa has performed in many spectacular venues including; Edinburgh Castle, House for an Art Lover, Scottish Parliament, Cameron House on the banks of Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle, Boturich Castle, Norton House, Glenskirlie Castle and Airth Castle showcasing the Scottish Harp and Pippa’s beautiful playing.
Pippa teaches clarsach and piano both in schools and privately to children and adults. ‘I am very passionate about passing on my skills and knowledge as a traditional musician to new musicians.’ Pippa also teaches Scottish music workshops and courses to all ages.
Having previously gained a BA in Textile design, Pippa finds that the visual creative language she has developed enhances and invigorates her musical composition. During her masters at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Pippa based her final composition project on history, folklore and song of Scotland’s Argyll region. Currently Pippa is working on her first album, collaborating with electroacoustic composer Tim Cooper.
Pippa performs regularly for various functions, from small private informal concerts to larger venues with hundreds of spectators. Her latest business adventure is establishing Harp Bazaar with fellow harpist Heather Downie. It was set up to meet all harpists needs, from teaching workshops and courses, to performing, selling sheet music , merchandise and any advice harpists may need.
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you so much for playing on our wedding day. It really did create a beautiful, romantic atmosphere and my guests thought it was fabulous!”