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Pippa Reid-Foster

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Pippa is a contemporary harpist based on the west coast of Scotland with over 10 years experience as a performer.
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Loch Lomond, United Kingdom
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Internationally acclaimed harpist Pippa Reid-Foster is known for her innovative contemporary harp music, showcasing the varied tonal palettes of the harp and experience from playing at hundreds of gigs every year. Pippa will make your event really special, creating a unique atmosphere for your day. She plays as a soloist or has over 10 years experience playing in a duo with a violinist. 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, a finalist in the Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clarsach (UK) June 2019. Most recently a quarter finalist in the Dutch World Harp competition 2022. Pippa is currently collaborating with Finnish Kantele player Eva Alkula. Writing and performing music in response to pressing issues we face with climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Since finishing their month long tour of Finland and the UK during the summer of 2022, they are preparing g to record an album in 2023. 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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Pippa's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Mary W
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

We hired Pippa to play for our small wedding at Crear, and she was the perfect accompaniment to our day. Several of our guests asked us to pass on their compliments. Pippa was really great to work with on deciding our music choices, arrived in plenty of time and was really lovely to chat to on the day. Can't recommend her enough and we are looking forward to her new album release too!

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Louise M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

I had Pippa perform at my wedding on 01/07/2023, she was absolutely fabulous! She entertained our guests who loved all the songs played, and she was able to play my requests off her repertoire with no issues! Would highly recommend!

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Caroline R
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Pippa was amazing! Genuinely such a lovely person and the music was beautiful, highly recommend

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Alicia G
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Very happy 😊😊 I couldn’t recommend Pippa enough. She is just wonderful and will make any event miles better. We will be sure to book her for any of our future events! 😁👍🌸👌

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Lisa P
2 years ago, for a Wedding in Loch Lomond
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding on Saturday. It was absolutely magical our guests where still talking about the music service and views at breakfast the following morning. I could not have thought of any two other people to play at my wedding.

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Louise B
2 years ago, for a Private event in Glasgow G12 8QQ
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We were delighted to have Pippa play for us at the Vet School. The atmosphere created was exactly what was needed, being tranquil and uplifting. The impact on student wellbeing was clear, with many coming along to hear Pippa play and other who didn't expect to hear her, being fascinated. Everyone at the Vet School - and beyond in the University - has been talking about the impact of hearing Pippa and we'd love to have her back every Friday, if we could!

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Pippa's Song list

Modern / Contemporary / Classical / Film
These pieces can be played at various stages of the ceremony and for background
Here Comes the Bride
Pachelbels’s Canon
Here Comes the Sun -Beatles
Hey Jude -Beatles
For the Love of a Princess -Braveheart
Gabriels Oboe -The Mission
Clocks -Coldplay
Yellow -Coldplay
Viva La Vida -Coldplay
Paradise -Clocks
Over the Rainbow
Kissing you -Romeo and Juliet
Turning Page -Twilight – Breaking Dawn
Pastoral -Marcel Grandjan
Yesterday -The Beatles
Hoppipolla -Sigur Ros
Edelweiss -Sound of Music
My Favourite Things -Sound of Music
Titantic Theme
I Giorni -Ludovico Einaudi
Passaggio -Ludovico Eunaudi
Una Mattina -Ludavico Enidaudi
You Make it Easy -Air
Love is all around -Love Actually
Don’t Stop Believing -Journey
Kissing You -Romeo and Juliet
Chasing Cars -Snow Patrol
Songbird -Eva Cassidy
May it be -Lord of the Rings
Watermark -Enya
Only Time -Enya
Mad World -Gary Jules
Riverside -Agnes Obel
Now we are free -Gladiator
From this moment on -Shania Twain
Comptine d'un autre été -Yann Tiersen
Lord of the Rings Medley -Arranged PR-F
You and Me -The Wannadies
Married Life -Theme from Up
Time To Say Goodbye -Con te Partiro
The Sound of Silence -Simon and Garfunkel
Glasgow Love theme -Love Actually
Portuguese Love Theme -Love Actually
The Secret Wedding -Braveheart
Halo -Beyonce
Everything -Michael Buble
River Flows in You -Yirumu
Make you feel my love -Adele
A Thousand Years -Chrstina Perri
Little Lion Man -Mumford and Sons
Iris -Goo Goo Dolls
Take Me to Church -Hozier
Rather Be -Clean Bandit
Wonderwall -Oasis
Hey Ho -The Luminers
Somewhere Only We know -Keane
Half the World away -Aurora
Bittersweet Symphony -The Verve
Every Breath You Take -Police
Little Lies -Fleetwood Mac
Wake Me Up -Avicii
Fast Car -Tracy Chapman
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Game of Thrones
A Sky full of Stars -Coldplay
Bad - U2
New Years Day - U2
Streets have no name - U2
With or Without You - U2
I’ll do anything for Love -Meatloaf
Epiloque -LaLaLand
Mia and Sebastians Theme - LaLaLand
Fields of Gold - Sting
Havana / senorita - Camila Cabello
Symphony / Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Can’t help falling in love - Elvia Presley
Love Again - Dua Lipa
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
A sky full of Stars - Coldplay
Best Day of my life
Somewhere only we know - Keane
Sweet Child o mine - Guns and Roses
Endless love - Lionel Richie
Isn’t she lovely - Stevie Wonder
I won’t give up - Jason Mraz
Titanium - David Guetta
All of Me - John Legend
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Disney
Under the Sea - Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast - Disney
A Whole New World - Aladdin
Can you feel the love tonight - The Lion King
Once Upon a Dream - Sleeping Beauty
Circle of Life - Lion King
Pirates of the Caribean
You got a friend in Me - Toy Story
Colours of the Wind - Pocanhontas
When you wish upon a star - Pinnochio
Traditional Celtic Music - small selection:
Skye Boat Song
Leaving Stoer
Caledonia
The Swan LK 243
Highland Cathedral
The Dark Island
Wild Mountain Thyme
My Love is like a Red Red Rose
Loch Errichside
Si Beag Si Mor
Inisheer
Arron Boat Song
Banks of the Allan Water
Fear a Bhata
Isle of Aigas
Roslin Castle
The Gael (Last of the Mochicans)
Loch Duich
An t-Eiliean Muileach
The Flowers of Edinburgh
Eleanor Plunkett
The Northern Lass
The Sweetness of Mary
Farewell to Glenshalloch
Calums Road
Isle of Aigas
Chapel Keithack
Leaving Lerwick Harbour
Pentland Hills
Gloomy Winters Noo’ Awa
Na Geanna Fiaine
An Ataireachd Ard - The Surge of the Sea
Cruit gun Cheis Ceall gun Alba
Logan Water
Lament for the Blind Harper
An t-Eiliean Muileach
Inisheer
Mairi’s Wedding
Marry Me Now
Shetland Wedding Waltz
Tilly’s Jig
The Lisnagun
Da Full Rigged Ship
Da New Rigged Ship
The Athole Highlanders
Caolas na Hearadh
The High Drive
The Little Cascade
Beaumont Rag
The Seagull
Farewell to Whalley Range
Islay Jig
Captain Campbell
The Highland Wedding Reel
Roaring Barmaid
The Tongadale Reel

Pippa's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£187.50
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£562.50
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. This package includes your personal song choice and PA.
£350
Drinks reception
Up to two hours of music during your drinks reception
£390
Wedding ceremony & 1 hour drinks reception
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. Then music for an hour into your drinks reception.
£475
Wedding ceremony & 2 hour drinks reception
This includes music before the service begins, bridal entrance, music during the signing of the register, as the happy couple walk back out and music as guests leave. Also, music for up to two hours during your drinks reception.
£590
Ceremony SOLO HARP and 2 hour drinks reception DUO HARP & VIOLIN
SOLO harp playing as guests arrive, down the aisle, signing of the register and as guests leave ceremony area. Then a 2 hour drinks reception of the DUO of harp & violin.
£720
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Wedding Meal
- Ceremony: Music before the service begins, bridal entrance, music during the signing of the register, as the happy couple walk back out and music as guests leave. - 2 x 50 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 50 min performances as dinner is being served.
£850

Add-ons

Music prior to ceremony
+£120
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My bubbly personality which comes across in my playing and always making an effort to look smart and fun.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

DagStirling castle Edinburgh castle Barcaldine Castle St Mary’s Space Scottish Parliament The Cruin The Lodge on Loch Lomond Rosspriory Loch Lomond Arms Hotel Comrie Croft Cameron House Cornhill Castle Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe Glasgow University Celtic Connections Edinburgh international harp festival Rosslea Hall Hotel Seamhill Hydro Portencross Castle

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Philip Glass Joni Mitchell Steve Reich Max Richter Lavinia Meijer Pink Floyd David Bowie Bjork Michael Nyman

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Various locations around Finland, Ventnor fringe on the Isle of Wight, the world harp Congress 2022, STV live @ 5, Edinburgh Castle and Scottish Parliament playing to prestigious members of Parliament. Celtic Connections Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, playing to an audience of over 500 people

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Not a problem, we will go over and finalise timings before the date of the event via email or phone.

How much time do you need to set up?

30 mins

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Absolutely

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

Yes, accessible power and usually something to sit under and play especially if it’s slightly damp or very sunny outside.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes, absolutely.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Definitely, I really enjoy learning and arranging new music.
Musicianship
Genres:
Covers, Traditional Scottish folk, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Ambient pop
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Event types:
Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Arranger, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching
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