Composition Overview

Murphy’s works are multi-layered and multi-sensory. Some pieces draw on the full effects of both electronic and orchestral instruments. Her music has an immediacy, which is often dramatic and expressive, and she is particularly interested in vocal techniques, phonemes, electronica and ‘found’ sound.

Murphy’s music – charming, mellifluous and hypnotic – served its intended purpose, weaving a vital sense of continuity through the songs, and was perfectly pitched at the orchestra of young players. Chris Gray’s unwavering musical direction lifted this whole delightful show above the ordinary.

**** Ken Walton – The Scotsman on Anamchara – Songs of Friendship

‘The music, written by Pippa Murphy, was poised delicately between being appealing to listen to, cleverly orchestrated, and also something that showed everyone on stage, from child to professional, in the best possible light. Pleasing high melismas for soprano Sarah Power, strings and percussion written to sound almost synthesised, plus light cultural references, kept the audience’s ears interested.’

**** Rosenna East – Herald Scotland on Anamchara – Songs of Friendship

“If the purpose of Anamchara – Songs of Friendship was to embrace the universal spirit of Glasgow’s “Friendly Games”, it did so in the most charming of ways” **** (The Scotsman)


Edinburgh International Book Festival – original music for the production of Alice Munro’s View from Castle Rock

National Museum of Scotland/Made in Scotland – Original music for Janis Claxton Dance performance every day in the Edinburgh Festival August 2016.

Celtic Connections RCH Glasgow – String arrangements for Pilgrimer – Joni Mitchel with Karine Polwart

Stellar Quines – Original music for production The Air that Carries the Weight, Traverse Theatre.

National Galleries of Scotland – Original music for a production about Scottish Painter Joan Eardley


St Magnus International Festival – Original music to theatre production of Telling the Truth Beautifully

Eden Court Theatre/Mull Theatre/Ed Littlewood – Original music for the production of Hector

Festival of Politics, Scottish Parliament – Installation and performance. Decision Tim
Fire Exit – Music and Sound Design for David Leddy’s 5-part Film City of the Blind.
Dundee Rep and Birmingham Rep – Original music for Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind
Dogstar Theatre CompanyFactor 9 original music and sound design for the production. Touring in Sweden, Denmark, Wales and Scotland.
Scottish Parliament – Artist in Residence


Anamchara – Songs of Friendship – A new opera for Scottish Opera CONNECT Youth Orchestra and Chorus and Soloists from around the commonwealth. Libretto by Alexander McCall Smith. (Performed in 2014 at the Theatre Royal Glasgow)

Silent Partner – a new work written as Artist in Residence at Scottish Parliament.

Bolted – An Opera for Cello, Voices and Soundscape

Torque – An ensemble and electronics piece for Paragon Ensemble


Unique Events – Composed and devised a public performance ‘Resonate the Labyrinth’ in St Giles Cathedral for mixed soundscape and choir

Dance Base Edinburgh – Composer in residence with choreographer Skye Reynolds using ‘Wii’ technology


Scottish Flute Trio – New work for 3 flutes and bass clarinet to be toured around Scotland in June.

dBale Electronic Music Festival, Switzerland – new commission for Saxophones and live electronics.


British Council – Hanoi New Music Festival(Oct 2009) – Devising, improvising and performing new pieces for 1 month with Vietnamese musicians.

BBC Radio 3/Catherine Bailey Productions/Bona Broadcasting Original music for radio play ‘Side Effects’ Dir: Lorne Campbell

Aberdeen Art Gallery/SOUND Festival Commission in response to Joan Eardley paintings for 2 flutes, cello and bass clarinet. Performed by Richard Craig, Roberto Fabriciani, Tajed Kenig, Rohan de Saram


Scottish Flute TrioNew commission for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Aberdeenshire Council Pathfinder Project – New commission for a radiophonic piece to investigate and celebrate music of the north East of Scotland.


Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – Original music for ‘Strangers, Babies’. Dir: Philip Howard.


BBC Radio 4/ Catherine Bailey Productions – Original music for play ‘The Room’

New Commission – Scottish Arts council – to write a piece for cello, musical saw, Theremin and electronics premiered at ‘Cubed’ – Traverse Theatre

Nutshell Theatre Company – Original music for ‘Stars’ Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival.

Auld Reekie: David Leddy – Music for Audio Tour – Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Nutshell Theatre Company – Original music for ‘Crestfall’ at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

Tron Theatre Glasgow – Original music for David Leddy’s ‘In the Shade’

Dance Base Edinburgh – Composer in residence with Mehrav Israel and Skye Reynolds


Tron Theatre Company – composer for ‘Standing Wave’ a play aboutthe composer Delia Derbyshire

Papillons Theatre Company – Soundtrack to a show choreographed by Skye Reynolds funded by Scottish Arts Council.

Salford Art Gallery and Museum – soundtrack to ‘Wayfarer’ a film about Asylum Seekers arriving in Salford.

Commission from COMA (Contemporary Music For Amateurs) – 30-minute ensemble piece funded by the Arts Council England.


ZKM Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karsruhe – 2 month residency to compose Voix du Sable made possible with funds from the Scottish Arts Council

7:84 Theatre Company – Composed the original music to Gilt

Scottish Arts Council – Award winner of a £6,000 music bursary to compose three pieces inspired by oceanic mythology from Persia, India and Europe.


Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Sound Design for Dee Isacs’ opera Festus funded by the Scottish Arts Council.


Paragon Ensemble – Commissioned to write 2 pieces for the Paragon Ensemble’s new season. Performances at the Tron Theatre, and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, October 2001

Fadjr Theatre & Film Festival, Iran – Composition for a theatre & multimedia performance at Tatre Shah, Tehran.


‘Safe Delivery’ Tom McGrath – Original music and sound design for playwright Tom McGrath, with Dave Trouton, sponsored by the ‘Glaxo Wellcome Trust’ performed in the Edinburgh International Festival.


Gerard McBurney, Woods and Trees – sound design of a Balkan lithaphone, and engineering a performance of his ‘Woods and Trees’ with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) at Witney Court.