Pumpkinfield is home to arranger, composer and cellist/multi-instrumentalist Pete Harvey.


‘Gorgeous strings build from a whisper – the arrangements are superlative’ – Record Collector

Pete works with artists worldwide to provide arrangements and session recordings varying in scale from cello and other solo instruments up to large ensembles.

Scores can be produced for third party groups, or performed and recorded by in-house session ensemble, The Pumpkinseeds.

Quotes are developed on an individual project basis – please get in touch to discuss. Click here for more information on the commissioning process.

‘truly breathtaking string arrangements’ – the Skinny

Studio sessions & production

‘masterful string playing and arranging’ – the List

The studio is tailored to providing exceptional session recordings of strings and other classical instruments and ensembles, utilising carefully selected hardware including preamps and ADCs by Neve, Grace Design and UAD and microphones by AKG, Schoeps and Coles.

In addition, a mobile rig allows location recording for larger ensembles, often at one of the choice nearby venues, selected for their character, charm and unique acoustic.

In addition the studio regularly hosts chamber groups and individual instrumental sessions, as well as ground-up production for singer-songwriters and full bands.

‘gorgeous string arrangements’ – The Scotsman

Live strings

Furnished with the latest DPA Core microphones, years of stage experience, and lush arrangements, the Pumpkinseeds have embellished live performances in some of the country’s most renowned venues with internationally recognised artists.

An ensemble tailored to requirements can be hired for your project.

‘Pollock herself opened the evening’s revels with a luminous Man With The Child In His Eyes, accompanied by a stellar string quartet whose sumptuous arrangements also enhanced the sensitivity and power of Kathryn Joseph’s rendition of Moments of Pleasure’ – The Scotsman

Other services

Arrangements for various ensembles

Strings is Pete’s thing, but he revels in arranging and writing for any instrumentation. During his varied career he has studied orchestration extensively, and written for full orchestra, brass & wind, voices & keyboards…

Sheet music transcription and score/part preparation

Over the years, Pete has grown intimately familiar with Sibelius software. He has transcribed and set numerous large scale orchestral scores for composers including Jonathan Mills, Robert Moran and Peter Salem for such internationally renowned companies as Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet and Ballet West.

Freelance cellist, bassist and pianist

Pete is a member of The Leg and Modern Studies, and frequently performs with Iain Morrison and King Creosote as well as numerous other artists. He is available (often) for gigs and (sometimes) for tours.