Harpist Pippa shortlisted in awards

Harpist Pippa Reid-Foster has been shortlisted in this year’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

Pippa, who lives in Helensburgh and was brought up there and in Kilcreggan, is one of five people nominated as tutor of the year.

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she is an accomplished performer and composer who released her first album Driftwood Harp last year.

She taught and performed at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival last year and was a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician in 2014.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been nominated for Tutor of Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad music awards 2017,” said Pippa.

“To be recognised for all my hard work and passion teaching the harp is very exciting. I have over 70 pupils who I enjoy passing my knowledge and skills onto.

“The students are of all ages and every single one of them comes to their lessons excited and full of enthusiasm, long may this continue!”

Pippa runs monthly harp workshops for all abilities and ages in Helensburgh called Harp Bazaar alongside fellow harpist Heather Downie, as well as annual children’s camps, adults retreats for keen harpists and last year a children’s harp competition where the final prize was a Camac harp.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony held at The Lagoon Centre, Paisley on Saturday December 2, as part of the bid for to become UK City of Culture 2021.

Bands performing on the night include Elephant Sessions, The Shee Big Band, Siobhan Miller, Tidelines, Paisley Fèis, Snuffbox, The Seamus O’Sullivan Experience and Lori Watson.

To vote in the awards go to the website.