Pippa Murphy



Pippa Murphy is an award-winning composer and sound designer who works with writers, film-makers, musicians and choreographers writing for theatre, dance, film, choirs and orchestras. 

Pippa is known for her stylistic breadth, depth, and originality, as well as a unique cross-disciplinary understanding of storytelling and creative collaboration. She has been commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay,  Edinburgh International Book festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, St Magnus International Festival and has worked with BBC SSO, SCO, BBC Proms, Mr McFalls Chamber and Red Note Ensemble amongst others.

She composed ‘Anamchara – Songs of Friendship‘ for Scottish Opera with writer Alexander McCall Smith as part of the Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow. Her music to POP-UP Duets for Janis Claxton Dance has been awarded 5-star reviews and been on an extensive world tour. 

Pippa was classically trained on piano, violin and percussion from an early age and she completed her BMus, MA and PhD in instrumental and electroacoustic composition at The University of Birmingham. She lectures at Edinburgh University and guest lectures at Royal Conservatoire Scotland and St Andrews University. She was Artist in Residence at the Scottish Parliament (2014) and is currently Artist in Residence with Karine Polwart and Catherine Boorland at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. 

Her sound design for Karine Polwart’s ‘Wind Resistance’ in the Edinburgh International Festival won the CATS Award for Best Music & Sound 2018.  She co-produced ‘Pocket of Wind Resistance’ with Karine which was nominated for BBC Folk Album of the Year 2018.