Fiona Pirie RIP. In the shadows lies greatness.

FCT is often the stage and starting point for careers that are about greatness.

Young people that are given their spotlight and moments, sometimes turning into years and careers of fame or, at the very least, recognition.

But it’s not all about that.

Today, we need to turn our eyes to another dimension that is so, so important to this company.

The back room, the quietly wonderful contributors that never ask for thanks, that turn up year in year out to add the underscore to what makes this company what it is.

Fiona Pirie was one of those people.

Quiet, unassuming, unbelievably talented.



One of us.

But she died last Wednesday, yet another victim of cancer.

We will all remember her many many contributions to FCT; her last being Chess Game.

I captured her with Neil’s band during Ragtime as she proudly showed off not only her Clarinet, but her Soprano Saxaphone too.

I hope we will all remember her unsung contribution with great respect.

She was, unquestionably, an FCT legend and our deepest sympathies go out to her husband Bill.

Her funeral is on Thursday 17th November 2011 at Warriston Lorima Chapel, Edinburgh with an internment at Aberlady, East Lothian afterwards.  Bill has requested Family Flowers only but has said that all are welcome.  Sadly I am on holiday and so will be unable to attend.

Fiona.  We love you.

12 thoughts on “Fiona Pirie RIP. In the shadows lies greatness.

  1. Ive known this remarkable woman my whole FCT life. She was a talented, gracious and highly committed member of FCT and one who i’ll remember fondly.
    She was unassuming and never looked for praise or recognition. I will remember you today and forever as someone to look up to. Rest in Peace Fiona, God Bless x

  2. Although only knowing her for a short time, she was part of my first experience with FCT. Her talent and commitment to the company are a testament to her genuinely good character and lovely personality. My sympathies go to her family and friends. Rest in peace, Fiona.

  3. I am absolutlely gutted to hear this tragic news. Fiona was a wonderful person and an absolute joy to work with. I shall remember her for all the fun and laughter in the FCT band pit. Her husband, Bill, and the rest of her family are very much in my thoughts and my heart goes out to them all.

    The funeral is at 11 am at Warriston for anyone who wishes to be there.

  4. Devastated to hear this sad news yesterday afternoon.

    Fiona was always a great character in the FCT band pit. Always a familiar face from the band call to the last show – including the legendary band nights out. My lasting memory will always be from the Little Shop of Horrors band night out in 2006. After insisting we went to Habana, Fiona had one last glass of wine and went merrily home. Next to be seen coming into the pit the following night with a large bottle of water, an even bigger headache, and a ‘just in case’s sick bag! At the time it was known to us as ‘doing a harry’ for those that remember Sweeney!

    Fiona, my next FCT show won’t be the same without you there. But we’ll make sure Moragh still gets her obligatory interval glass of wine, and we’ll toast a dearly missed friend and share many happy memories.

    My thoughts are with all of Fiona’s family and friends.

    Claire Trombone xxx

  5. I was so sad to hear this last night. Fiona had been been playing in the band since I was a lad and was such a warm, calm energy around the madness that can be getting a show together. Her and Moragh were such a double act it was fun to watch. She always made time to chat to people and get to know them. 13 won’t be the same without her around. We’ll think of her and remember a gentle, dedicated member of the FCT family. Sleep well Fiona.

  6. Such sad news, a lovely, talented person. My thoughts go out to the family at this difficult time. Rest in peace Fiona x

  7. Although I wrote the tribute to Fiona above I would like to add my personal thoughts.

    Fiona was a lovely, calm, as Liam says, presence. Actually I didn’t really know Fiona terribly well other than to say hello to and to exchange a smile; there was always a smile. But I’m so glad I sat in the band pit during Chess Game to listen to and watch this great bunch of people at first hand during a show. We are indebted to them all and I share my sincere condolences with Bill and the family. She will, as you can all see, be greatly missed.

    It is our intention to dedicate the first performance of 13 to Fiona so anybody who wants to share in that moment we’ll be delighted to see you at The Pleasance in April.

    • Please makesure all the old time banders know about the dates as I know its a rock style band so none of us will be involved in the pit 😦 x

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