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Britains South East Bagpiper

Britain's South East Bagpiper has been playing the great highland bagpipes for 22 years. His professionalism and experience in front of crowds of all sizes puts him in perfect stead to perform for all occasions. If you would like to add a Scottish element to your celebration, making your day/night special and distinct to any other, do not hesitate to make contact. He is based in the south-east and the London area of England but can travel to accommodate your specific needs.

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Set List / Repertoire

Weddings and Special Occasions
Highland Cathedral   
Maries Wedding   
Highland Wedding   
Angus Mackinnon
Highland Laddie   
Scotland the brave   
Cock of the North (Aunty Mary had a Canary)
Laras Theme   
Skye Boat Song (Waltz)   
Major May   
Major Bobby   
Liberton Polka
Craigs of Tumbledown Mountain   
Bonny Galloway   
Badge of Scotland   

Party Pieces
The Masons Apron   
Gold Ring   
The Clumsy Lover   
Easy Club   
Itchy Fingers
The Pumpkin's Fancy   
The Banjo Breakdown   
Paddys Leather breaches
The Man From Skye   
The Carnival Reel  
Calypso Piper   
The Big Burl   
Cabar
Feidh
Lexy McAskill   
Back of Benachie   
Black Bear   
Glasgow City Police   
Happy  Birthday

Funerals
Flowers of the Forest   
Amazing Grace   
Hector the Hero   
Dark Isle   
Blackbird
Battle of the Somme   
Going Home   
Mist Covered Mountains   
Garb of Old Gaul
Flower of Scotland   
Bells of Dunblane  
Mull of Kyntyre  
Auld Lang Syng
Morag of Dunvegan   
Highland Cradle Song   
Loch Ranoch
Green Hills & Battles            

6 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication before and at your event: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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  • Unsatisfactory 0
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Could not have hoped for more!

5 stars - Britains South East Bagpiper are Highly Recommended booked Britains South East Bagpiper for their Wedding in Essex December 2018

“Matthew was fantastic from start to finish and all of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed his performance! My husband is Scottish and all of his family flew down to Essex for our big day. It made such a difference having a bit of Scottish tradition at the wedding and it brought everyone together. Matthew was a great sport, even partaking in the tradition of having a 'nip' of whiskey after piping us in to our dinner. Can't recommend him highly enough!”


Everyone appreciated The South East Bagpiper a lot

5 stars - Britains South East Bagpiper are Highly Recommended booked Britains South East Bagpiper for their event in London

“Matthew contacted us beforehand, and communication was good and straightforward. He arrived and performed as requested, and the quality was very good. Everyone there appreciated it a lot.”


10/10

5 stars - Britains South East Bagpiper are Highly Recommended booked Britains South East Bagpiper for their Wedding at Maylands Golf & Country Club in Essex

“Absolutely amazing and performed more than expected, much to everyone's pleasure. It's not easy to play the bagpipes and it takes great energy which he had in abundance. He looked the part too, every guest was totally in awe and the happy couple suitably surprised and happy everyone had great things to say about him”


Very nice man, excellent value for money.

5 stars - Britains South East Bagpiper are Highly Recommended booked Britains South East Bagpiper for their Wedding at Leeds Castle in Kent

“Excellent value for money. Would ask for him again. Very nice man, very smiley and nothing was too much trouble. He said he enjoyed his day too.”


Totally professional

5 stars - Britains South East Bagpiper are Highly Recommended booked Britains South East Bagpiper for their Wedding at Betteshanger Social Club in Kent

“Totally professional, fantastic Bagpiper who rocked our wedding. All our friends and family commented on the talent of this young man. Huge thanks have to go to Britain's South East Bagpiper for helping make our wedding day so wonderful and enjoyable we'd highly recommend his services.”

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Price from £195 + travel from London

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    Full Biography

    Britain's South East Bagpiper has been playing the Great Highland Bagpipes since he was 10 years old and through-out his piping career he has played as an individual solo performer at multiple events across a wide range of platforms. He has performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, The Intercontinental in Mayfair (Ldn), Saxon Hall, Birkbeck University, Sony Pictures and plays regularly on the Great British Pullman steam train (otherwise known as the 'Orient Express').

    Furthermore, he has played for weddings at Horsley Towers, Horsted Place, Leeds Castle, Saddlers Hall, and Burns’ suppers for Panasonic, Mecca Bingo, Grosvenor Casino and Howling Hops Brewery etc.

    Highlights: 
    Britain's South East Bagpiper has appeared on a range of well-known TV and Radio programmes, from Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio, to Made in Chelsea and The Last Leg: Correspondents. He has also featured as a session musician with Right Said Fred and for Walkers Crisps, and has performed with The Chieftains, and the international bestselling classical group, Il Divo.

    Britain's South East Bagpiper is an accomplished skilled professional, highly versatile and flexible in his approach. He always works with his clients to ensure that every performance delivers the right impact for the intended audience.

    Services Offered:

    Weddings:-
    Having a bagpiper at a wedding is lucky, so why not let the bagpipes bring that luck to the first day of the rest of your lives? He can provide the below services, which can be be altered to cater for your specific requirements to make your day as unique as possible, including:

    • Play whilst guests arrive
    • Lead the bride/groom down the church aisle, then play married couple out of the ceremony suite on exit
    • Play a medley of tunes whilst the photographs are being taken, including a repertoire of traditional and contemporary
    • Lead the married couple to the top table at the wedding breakfast

    Burns' Suppers:-
    Burns’ Suppers are a well-known Scottish celebration. There main purpose is to celebrate the life and birthday of poet Robert Burns who blessed Scotland with his poems, songs, and stories over 250 years ago. A Scottish inspired bagpiper compliments the day superbly and gives the evening a traditional ambiance. The haggis should not be brought to the table other than to the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe!

    Britain's South East Bagpiper can provide the below services which can be altered to cater for your specific requirements to make your celebration as unique as you feel necessary:

    • Play whilst guests arrive
    • Lead the haggis to the top table
    • Lead the haggis out of the room
    • Play a medley of tunes whilst the starters and/or mains are being served

    Birthdays:-
    Why not have something different at your birthday. The bagpipes will get the crowd clapping and make your birthday distinct and special.

    Britain's South East Bagpiper can provide a selection of contemporary tunes can be provided to sing along to, such as:

    • Thin Lizzy – Whisky in a Jar
    • George Harrison – Here Comes the Sun
    • AC/DC – It’s a Long Way to the Top if you Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll
    • Oasis – She’s Electric
    • Blur – Tender
    • The Proclaimers – Walk 500 Miles
    • Pulp – Disco 2000
    • Rod Stewart – I Am Sailing
    • Happy Mondays – Step On
    • Faithless – Insomnia
    • Avicii – Wake Me Up
    • A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
    • Jurassic Park
    • Harry Potter
    • Star Wars
    • Happy Birthday

    Funerals:-
    A funeral is a time for reflection and remembering the life of a loved one. A bagpiper playing at the beginning or end is sure to leave a lasting memory.

    Britain's South East Bagpiper can provide music for both a burial or cremation. Below is an outline of what could be arranged:

    Burial

    • Lead the hearse and coffin into the service
    • Lead the coffin to the burial site
    • Play during committal
    • Play in the background once the minister has completed his/her sermon

    Cremation

    • Lead the hearse and coffin into the service
    • Play within the service during committal
    • Play whilst guests gather their thoughts over the flowers

    Corporate:- 
    Britain's South East Bagpiper has worked with a range of leading corporations including Channel 4, BBC One, BBC Radio 2, Absolue Radio, Sony, RadioTimes, Burberry, Walkers, Panasonic, Flybe, Belmond, Marie Curie and many more.   

    Media:- 
    Britain's South East Bagpiper has appeared on a range of well-known TV and Radio programmes, from Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio, to Made in Chelsea and The Last Leg: Correspondents. He has also featured as a session musician with Right Said Fred and for Walkers Crisps, and has performed with The Chieftains, and the international bestselling classical group, Il Divo.  

    Band Involvement:
    Britain's South East Bagpiper has always been closely affiliated with the pipe band fraternity playing with a total of three bands to-date. The first was in 1995 called the Southend Scottish Pipe Band, then after disbanding in 2002 he joined the Sutherland Pipes & Drums based in Corringham, where he has played in many festivals, fetes, military tattoos, remembrance parades and Christmas celebrations.

    Deciding to progress his piping onto the next level, in 2012 he joined the Essex Caledonian Pipe Band. Being a competition band, he has been competing up and down the country, and internationally since, including the quartets, mini bands and Jim McGuinn memorial contest in Broxbourne, the local Scotland in Colchester Competition, the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon and the Scottish Weekend Competition in Belgium.

    Past and present results across all competitions have been very positive, picking up 1st, 2nd or 3rd place honours.

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