Matthew The Bagpiper

Location London
Starting from £216.00
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Location London
Starting from £216.00
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London based Matthew is a Bagpiper with years of experience at all kinds of events.

Since learning to play the Bagipes at the age of just 10 years old, Matthew now plays professionally and has competed in many piping contests all over the world. He can add the perfect touch to any wedding, military events, birthdays, Burns' Suppers and more.

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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.

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.

Corporate

    Matthew has worked with a range of leading corporations including Channel 4, BBC One, BBC Radio 2, Absolute Radio, Sony, RadioTimes, Burberry, Walkers, Panasonic, Flybe, Belmond, Marie Curie and many more.

Band Involvement

    Matthew 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 Matthew 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 Matthew joined the Essex Caledonian Pipe Band. Being a competition band, Matthew 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.

  • Bagpiper

Repertoire includes...

  • 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
  • The Wedding March
  • 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

and many more...

, Wedding, 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!


  • Il Divo
  • Made in Chelsea
  • Walkers Crisp
  • Right Said Fred
  • Last Leg
  • Absolute Radio (Christian O'Connell breakfast show)
  • BBC Radio 2 (Chris Evans breakfast show)
  • BBC One - Songs of Praise
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • The Orient Express
  • The Intercontinental in Mayfair (Ldn)
  • Saxon Hall
  • Birkbeck University
  • Burberry
  • Sony Pictures
  • Horsley Towers
  • Leeds Castle
  • Saddlers Hall
  • Panasonic
  • Mecca Bingo
  • Grosvenor Casino
  • Howling Hops Brewery

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.

  • 3 x 20 Minutes 

Performances can be tailored to fit your event.

Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.

East Midlands

Northamptonshire £324.00

East

Cambridgeshire £276.00 Norfolk £348.00 Suffolk £276.00 Norwich £348.00

South East

Bedfordshire £300.00 Berkshire £300.00 Buckinghamshire £300.00 East Sussex £276.00 Essex £216.00 Hampshire £324.00 Hertfordshire £240.00 Kent £216.00 Oxfordshire £300.00 Surrey £264.00 Sussex £276.00 West Sussex £300.00 London £216.00 Middlesex £264.00
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