Music for Joseph Knight – BBC Scotland National Theatre Scotland

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An extract from the new play by May Sumbwanyambe, directed by Justin Audibert

Music by Pippa Murphy


Patrick Martins & Emma King perform an extract from the new play by May Sumbwanyambe, directed by Justin Audibert. For more from #ScenesForSurvival:… Based on a true story, Enough of Him explores the life of Joseph Knight, an African man brought to Scotland as a slave by plantation owner John Wedderburn to serve in his Perthshire mansion. Produced in association with Pitlochry Festival Theatre, where Enough of Him had been due to premiere in October 2020. Directed by Justin Audibert Performed by Patrick Martins and Emma King Produced in association with Pitlochry Festival Theatre Scenes for Survival is a National Theatre of Scotland project in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Scotland’s leading theatre venues and companies, with support from Hopscotch Films. Find out more about #ScenesForSurvival at or https://www.nationaltheatrescotland.c…

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation – Tim Crouch

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Music and Sound Design by Pippa Murphy

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Patrick Marber – Red Lion

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Rapture Theatre are touring Patrick Marber’s The Red Lion from 08 May – 22 Jun with music by Pippa Murphy. Set in the world of non-league football, this production will appeal to not only football enthusiasts, but all drama lovers too. The play unfolds like a Greek Tragedy, transcending ‘the beautiful game’ in a tale of heroism, hubris and handballs!  Starring Brookside and Emmerdale’s John McArdle alongside Brendan Charleson and Harry McMullen this is an unmissable show! Check here for booking details.

Nominee – Critics Awards for Theatre Scotland – Best Music and Sound for ‘Lost at Sea’

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2019 Shortlist

Best Music and Sound

  • Danny Krass (sound designer), Ballyturk, Tron Theatre Company
  • Michael John McCarthy (musical director), What Girls Are Made Of, Traverse Theatre Company and Raw Material in association with Regular Music
  • Claire McKenzie (music and lyrics), Scott Gilmour (music and lyrics) and Richard Thomas (additional songs), My Left Right Foot – The Musical, Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland
  • Pippa Murphy (composer and sound designer), Lost at Sea, Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts and Morna Young

Best Female Performance

Sponsored by STV

  • Cora Bissett (Cora), What Girls Are Made Of, Traverse Theatre Company and Raw Material in association with Regular Music
  • Jessica Hardwick (Roxane), Cyrano de Bergerac, National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
  • Irene Macdougall (Kate Keller), All My Sons, Dundee Rep Ensemble
  • Lucianne McEvoy (Ruth Davenport), Ulster American, Traverse Theatre Company

Best Male Performance

  • Darrell D’Silva (Jay Conway), Ulster American, Traverse Theatre Company
  • Lorn Macdonald (Declan), Mouthpiece, Traverse Theatre Company in association with HighTide
  • John Michie (Fireman), The Mack, A Play, a Pie and a Pint at Òran Mór, presented in association with the Traverse Theatre
  • Grant O’Rourke (Two), Ballyturk, Tron Theatre Company

Best Ensemble

Sponsored by Equity

  • Ballyturk, Tron Theatre Company
  • Lost At Sea, Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts and Morna Young
  • My Left Right Foot – The Musical, Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland
  • Square Go, Francesca Moody Productions in association with SEARED

Best Director

Sponsored by the Scottish Drama Training Network

  • Andy Arnold, Ballyturk, Tron Theatre Company
  • Ian Brown, Lost at Sea, Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts and Morna Young
  • Orla O’Loughlin, Mouthpiece, Traverse Theatre Company in association with HighTide
  • Robert Softley Gale, My Left Right Foot – The Musical, Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland

Best Design

  • Kenneth MacLeod (designer) and Simon Wilkinson (lighting designer), The Dark Carnival, Vanishing Point, in co-production with the Citizens Theatre, in association with Dundee Rep Ensemble
  • Shona Reppe (design concept), Ailsa Paterson (design realiser), Selene Cochrane (costume designer and maker) and Chris Edser (animator), Baba Yaga, Imaginate and Windmill Theatre Company
  • Michael Taylor (designer), Mark Doubleday (lighting designer), Kim Beveridge (video designer) and Nick Murray Willis (animator), Ballyturk, Tron Theatre Company
  • Karen Tennent (designer) and Katharine Williams (lighting designer), Lost At Sea, Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts and Morna Young


Winner of the New Music Scotland Awards 2019 – Best Electroacoustic/Sound Art

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The winners of the third annual Scottish Awards for New Music (SAFNM) have been announced at an event hosted by music writer and broadcaster, Kate Molleson, at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow on the evening of Monday 13 May 2019.
The Scottish Awards for New Music highlights the country’s contemporary music scene, and showcases the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland. The winners of the eleven categories Scottish Awards for New Music 2019 are, in no particular order:


  • EVM Award for Electroacoustic/Sound Art Work : Pippa Murphy Breathe in me


  • New Music Performer of the Year : Garth Knox
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Contribution to New Music in Scotland :
    Red Note Ensemble
  • Award for Large Scale New Work sponsored by PRS for Music : Helen Grime Woven Space
  • Dorico Award for Small Scale New Work sponsored by Steinberg :
    James Dillon Quartet No. 9
  • Recorded New Work softLOUD |  Sean Shibe on Delphian Records
  • The Good Spirits Company Award for Innovation in New Traditional Music, joint winners: Ailie Robertson Seven Sorrows Grit Orchestra Bothy Culture
  • Creative Programming : sound
  • RCS Award for Making It Happen : Nevis Ensemble
  • Community/Education Project : 
    Lost At Sea East Neuk Festival / Scanner / Svend McEwan-Brown
  • Award for Collaboration in New Music : Simon Thacker’sSvara-Kanti 
    featuring Simon Thacker Neyveli / B. Venkatesh / K.V. Gopalakrishna / N. Guruprasad / Farid Yesmin / Raju Das Baul / Sunayana Ghosh



Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, commented: “The new music scene in Scotland is fearlessly open to a diversity of influences and ideas, as could be seen and heard right across the excellent list of nominees for this year’s awards. It’s really encouraging to see both emerging talents and leading lights among the winners, as well as festivals and performers who are dedicated to taking new music out of the central belt, to Fife, Aberdeenshire and beyond. Creative Scotland is proud to support a sector that makes such great music while breaking the rules and challenging the norm. Now is the time for Scotland to show how its new music can influence the rest of the world.
The event, attended by performers, creators, leaders and supporters of the vibrant music scene in Scotland, had live performances, supported by the Musicians’ Union, from winning performer, Garth Knox and a piece from a winning composer, Pippa Murphy, performed by Kate Halsall.
Panellist and Artistic Director of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Graham McKenzie said, “It was a pleasure to be involved in the Scottish Awards for New Music for the first time, and very exciting to be introduced to the range and diversity of of new music being produced across the country. The quality and innovation of the work was impressive, and I was particularly pleased to see a strong emphasis on gender balance represented. On a personal basis the whole experience has brought to my intention a number of composer voices here in Scotland that I will certainly look to work with in the future.


The awards themselves were designed and created by Edinburgh-based artist and maker,
Emma McDowall. Initially studying at Gray’s School of Art, Emma now creates a collection of contemporary concrete pieces. Focusing on the interplay between colour and material, and using the naturally occurring surface pattern and textural imperfections Emma hand-casts colourful, unique works in concrete, from vessels to pieces of art.


Over two hundred nominations were submitted by artists, audience members and the general public, reinforcing the extent of new music activity in Scotland.


Created by New Music Scotland with support from Creative Scotland, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), PRS for Music, Dorico by Steinberg, The Good Spirits Co. Glasgow, Musicians’ Union, and EVM(Effective Visual Marketing) and New Music Scotland.

Message from the Skies – Edinburgh Hogmanay 2019

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‘And on Calton Hill, the great classical pillars of Scotland’s notoriously uncompleted National Monument are brought to life with rippling power in Bright Side Studios’ visual response to Kapka Kassabova’s meditation on Europe’s mythical origins and strange dualities, which also features an impressive score by Pippa Murphy.’


Fantastic Reviews from Edinburgh Hogmanay’s Message from the Skies

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Four stars Neil Cooper

‘The umbilical connections between nations are rolled back even further to ancient times atop Calton Hill. Here, Kapka Kassabova’s words declare how “migration is our inheritance” as shimmering animations by Bright Side Studios flit across the pillars of the National Monument as the keening chorales of Pippa Murphy’s score pierce the night air.’




composer : sound designer