I am a bagpiper based in NW London available for all types of functions.
There are a few options when it comes to incorporating the Bagpipes into a wedding. At the ceremony, some opt for a lively tune to pipe the bride from the car or up the aisle, or a respectful air of hymn to accompany the signing of the register. A march to pipe the married couple out of the ceremony or into the reception is also a popular choice.
The visual effect of the piper is equally important, and for that reason, I always pay careful attention to my appearance for all events. Typically I wear a No. 2 uniform, but if you have any particular requirements with regards clothing I am happy to discuss these with you.
I am also happy to be included in photographs, both official and those taken by guests.
Funerals and Memorial Services:
The Bagpipes have long been used for funerals and services of remembrance and are a fitting tribute to a departed loved-one. The sound of a solo-piper, playing traditional tunes is a highly emotional and very touching feature of the ceremony.
The presence of a uniformed piper adds dignity and ceremony at this very painful time, and is a fitting tribute to the departed loved one.
The Bagpipes are often played while the congregation arrives, or the piper can lead the coffin to the graveside or into the crematorium.
Tunes such as ‘Flowers of the Forest,’ ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘The Skye Boat Song’ are all commonly played at funerals, but if you have any particular requests I am happy to discuss these with you.
Similarly, I can play for remembrance services, particularly on and around November 11th and Remembrance Sunday.
Burns Night and Hogmanay:
On occasions such as Burns Night Suppers or Hogmanay (or any other Scottish Themed party), I am happy to play in the haggis, or play Auld Lang Syne at the turn of the New Year (or just at the end of the evening). I am also happy to act as Master of Ceremonies, and deliver the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ as well as reciting other poetry by Robert Burns.
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