Matthew The Bagpiper

Matthew The Bagpiper

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Location London
Starting from £216
2 Reviews

London-based Matthew is a bagpiper with years of experience at all kinds of events.

  • Highlights
  • Extensive experience playing at weddings, Burns suppers, military events, funerals and more
  • Performance schedule can be tailored to suit the format of your event

About


Matthew has been playing the Great Highland Bagpipes since he was 10 years old and throughout 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, Matthew 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.

Matthew 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. Matthew 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.

Repertoire


Traditional

  • Scotland the Brave
  • The Battle of the Somme
  • The Heights of Dargai
  • Glendaruel
  • Highlanders
  • The Bonnie Lass o’ Fyvie
  • The Blue Bells of Scotland
  • The Rowan Tree
  • Corriechoillie
  • Teribus
  • The Brown Haired Maiden
  • Loch Lomand
  • I Love a Lassie
  • Stop Your Tickling Jock
  • Tipperary
  • Wings
  • The Rose of Allandale
  • All Through the Night
  • Balmoral
  • I See Mull
  • My Land
  • The Green Hills of Tyroll
  • The Battles O’er
  • Lochanside
  • We’re No Awa Tae Bide Awa
  • The Bathgate Highland Gathering
  • Castle Dangerous
  • Loch Maree
  • Farewell to the Creeks
  • Marie’s Wedding
  • The Wedding March
  • Highland Wedding
  • Cock of the North
  • Highland Laddie
  • Major May
  • Major Bobby
  • Craigs of Tumbledown Mountain
  • Bonny Galloway
  • Badge of Scotland
  • Barren Rocks of Aden
  • Kantara to El Arish
  • The 79th Farewell to Gibraltar
  • The Australian Ladies
  • The Bonawe Highlanders
  • The Braemar Gathering
  • The 72nd Farewell to Edinburgh
  • Bengullion
  • The Hills of Argyll
  • The Hills of Alva
  • The Atholl Highlanders
  • The Pikeman’s March
  • Bonny Dundee
  • Hot Punch

Contemporary

  • Braveheart Theme Tune
  • Thin Lizzy – Whisky in a Jar
  • George Harrison – Here Comes the Sun
  • Going Home (‘Local Hero’)
  • AC/DC – It’s a Long Way to the Top if you Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  • Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water
  • Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  • Jess Glynn – Thursday
  • Oasis – She’s Electric
  • Blur – Tender
  • The Proclaimers – Walk 500 Miles
  • Pulp – Disco 2000
  • Rod Stewart – I Am Sailing
  • Happy Mondays – Step On
  • Elton John – Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  • Faithless – Insomnia
  • Avicii – Wake Me Up
  • A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
  • Jurassic Park
  • Harry Potter
  • Star Wars

Slow Airs

  • Flower of the Scotland
  • Amazing Grace
  • Highland Cathedral
  • Flowers of the Forest
  • Sleep, Dearie, Sleep
  • The Fields of Athenry
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • I am Sailing
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Abide With Me
  • Danny Boy
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone
  • Hector the Hero
  • Dark Isle
  • Going Home
  • Mist Covered Mountains
  • Bells of Dunblane
  • Mull of Kyntyre
  • Auld Lang Syng
  • Morag of Dunvegan
  • Highland Cradle Song
  • Loch Ranoch
  • Colon Lan
  • Sunrise Over Alba
  • Flow Gently Sweet Afton
  • Time to Say Goodbye
  • Shenandoah
  • The Dawning of the Day
  • Morning Has Broken
  • The Day Thou Lord Gavest
  • Ellen Vanin
  • The Bonnie Black Isle
  • Ae Fond Kiss
Line-Up

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1 Reviews

Top reviews

Fiona

Event: Wedding
Location: London
5/5

We were absolutely thrilled that we chose Matthew as our bagpiper for our wedding in London. His playing was excellent, and he was extremely friendly, professional, and happy to accommodate our requests. We would highly recommend him!


    Pricing

    We give you a bespoke price based on the exact location of your event. The pricing below is based on a central location for your area so you have an idea of what your price will be. The exact price will be given in the booking process after you’ve provided the location details.

    East
    • Cambridgeshire £276
    • Norfolk £348
    • Norwich £348
    • Suffolk £276
    East Midlands
    • Northamptonshire £324
    South East
    • Bedfordshire £300
    • Berkshire £300
    • Buckinghamshire £300
    • East Sussex £276
    • Essex £216
    • Hampshire £324
    • Hertfordshire £240
    • Kent £216
    • London £216
    • Middlesex £264
    • Oxfordshire £300
    • Surrey £264
    • Sussex £276
    • West Sussex £300

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    FAQs

    Services offered:Weddings, Corporate, Media, Birthdays, Funerals, Burns' Suppers and Other Events of your choosing.  

    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? Matthew 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!

    Matthew 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.

    Matthew 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.

    Matthew 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
    Matthew 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
    Matthew 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.  

    Matthew 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. 

    How long is the performance?
    Most bookings are 3 x 20 minute sets with a break inbetween but Matthew can tailor timings for your specific event.

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