Pippa Reid-Foster

About Pippa

Pippa Reid-Foster is known for her innovative contemporary clàrsach music, showcasing the varied tonal palettes of the Scottish clàrsach.

Since releasing her first solo album Driftwood Harp in 2016, Pippa’s focus has moved towards a more minimal compositional style incorporating electronic looping and effects whilst still retaining strong references to her Scottish roots. Her composition Murmurations was premiered in the Distil Showcase concerts giving her the opportunity to perform with renowned ensemble McFall’s Chamber.

In 2014, Pippa graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and since then has performed at many festivals including the Edinburgh International Harp Festival and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. Her ability to adapt comfortably to a wide range of musical disciplines has resulted in stage performance and studio work with a number of Scottish contemporary rock bands.

Pippa has adjudicated at the The Royal National Mòd, and she teaches on various courses including the Edinburgh International Harp Festival each year. Pippa was nominated for Tutor of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards in 2017 and most recently a finalist in the Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clarsach (UK) June 2019.

Alongside her performing and composing Pippa is also passionate about passing on her skills to a new generation of musicians and composers.

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“Classy clarsach.….the harp can be simultaneously haunting and jaunty, and her virtuosity creates something akin to a rhythm guitar………showcasing Reid-Foster’s skill as a composer as well as a performer.”

Tony Gillam, Songlines