Fiona Rutherford

Composer and Harpist

Fiona Rutherford began playing the harp at the age of fourteen, gaining her a place at The City of Edinburgh Music School at sixteen years old, where she fine-tuned her skills as a harpist in a range of various music styles. It was at this time that Rutherford became increasingly interested in composition, expanding beyond not only being a performer, but a composer of the Scottish harp too.

Soon after this, she studied composition at Dartington College of Arts, earning a first class honours degree. During this time, Rutherford enjoyed collaborating with other musicians, and has kept this tradition alive, frequently performing alongside writers, theatre-makers, choreographers, as well as other musicians.

Since then, Rutherford has composed music for several acclaimed theatre productions, including three feature films: The Space Between, Riptide, and the award-winning ‘The Inheritance’. Moreover, her instrumental compositions have been performed by groups such as Mr Mcfall’s Chamber, Drake Music Scotland, and the London Sinfonietta.

Her new recording ‘Seed’ is a refreshing and enchanting new album, available from 31 March, 2023. Rutherford uses the Scottish harp to take listeners on an eclectic journey full of beauty and intrigue through different styles of music and sounds, including classical, contemporary, and folk.

Rutherford’s music has been popularly praised and aired on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, and BBC 6 Music. She also achieved ‘Album of the Month’ on Folk Radio UK, who described her music as: “…blissful, utterly beautiful, breathtaking…a sign of a wonderful genre busting melting pot in current Scottish music.


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