Pippa Murphy

Pippa is an award-winning composer and sound designer who writes for theatre, dance, screen, choirs and orchestras. She has written music for the BBC (radio and TV), Celtic Connections, Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, and numerous theatre companies including The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Perth Horsecross, Dundee Rep, Birmingham Rep, Grid Iron, Stellar Quines, National Theatre Scotland, Traverse Theatre, and 7:84.

Her sound design for Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance won the CATS Awards for Best Music & Sound 2018, and their album Pocket of Wind Resistance was nominated for BBC Folk Album of the Year 2018. In 2014 she wrote an opera with Alexander McCall Smith and Scottish Opera as part of the Commonwealth Games. Her music to POP-UP Duets for Janis Claxton Dance has been awarded 5-star reviews is still on an extensive world tour.

Pippa was classically trained on piano, violin and percussion from an early age and completed her BMus, MA and PhD in composition at The University of Birmingham. She lectures at Edinburgh University and was Artist in Residence at the Scottish Parliament in 2014.

Her theatre credits include: Lost at Sea at Perth Horsecross; Red Lion, and Streetcar Named Desire for Rapture TheatreWind Resistance, and Creditors at the Royal Lyceum TheatreWoman in Mind at Dundee RepCrude for Grid IronThe Sky is Safe, Factor 9 for DogstarView from Castle Rock for Stellar Quines/Edinburgh Book FestivalHector for Nutshell TheatreThe Air that Carried the Weight for Stellar QuinesGilt for 7:84Strangers Babies at the Traverse TheatreStanding Wave: Delia Derbyshire at the Tron Theatre Glasgow.

Other credits include: Message from the Skies for Edinburgh Hogmanay 2019Resurrection – Val McDermid for Edinburgh Hogmanay 2018City of the Blind for Fire Exit; Anamchara – Songs of Friendship for the Scottish Opera and the Commonwealth Games 2014; POP-UP Duets with Janis Claxton Dance and National Museums of Scotland; and numerous arrangements for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.




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