Matthew McRae has been playing the great highland bagpipes for 24 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, take a look through his website and do not hesitate to make contact. Matthew is based in the south-east of England but can travel to accommodate your specific needs.
Matthew 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, 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.
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.
Tessa• June 20, 2019
Matthew responded quickly to initial request for quote to play a burial and Thanksgiving service. He arrived in plenty of time, was polite and courteous. He played exactly the right type of music to suit the occasion, both when walking through the woods to the natural burial site and later in the day outside the church. He continued to play even when the heavens opened and it poured with rain. His presence and music added just the right touch to the burial and thanksgiving service. We were delighted with his performance and would highly recommend him to anyone for a similar occasion.
Jan marshall• March 27, 2019
"Mathew played the bagpipes at my father in laws funeral .
He made the day extra special for us all and accommodated our special requests , everyone at the wake afterwards commented on the piper
I would have no hesitation in recommending Mathew for your event"
Christine savage• Nov. 13, 2018
"Matt is a very good piper and was fabulous at my Dads funeral. He is very professional and respectful. Lots of people expressed how good he was and I would definitely use him again and highly recommend him. He put that extra special touch into what was a very sad day for our family.
Thanks again Matt you gave my dads send off that very special touch
charlotte james• Nov. 3, 2018
he helped to make our wedding special. a very pleasant, talented and professional gentleman. very easy to work with. would advise anyone requiring a bag piper to look to using matthew mcrae. thank you matthew.
libby borg• Oct. 28, 2018
"Matthew was very professional, arrived early and looked and played fantastic! Thank you for making the beginning of my son's wedding day extra special.
Definitely recommend Matthew
Alexia Adda• Oct. 26, 2018
Matthew did a fantastic job at my mother’s memorial. He patiently helped me put together the song list, played beautifully and rolled effortlessly with last minute changes to the schedule.
Services offered:- Weddings, Corporate, Media, Birthdays, Funerals, Burns' Suppers and Other Events of your choosing.
Sample of Tunes:-
Scotland the brave
Cock of the North (Aunty Mary had a Canary)
Skye Boat Song (Waltz)
Craigs of Tumbledown Mountain
Badge of Scotland
The Wedding March
I am Sailing
Man’s a Man For a’ That
Stop Your Tickling Jock
Flower of the Scotland
Flowers of the Forest
Wild Mountain Thyme
Abide With Me
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Hector the Hero
Mist Covered Mountains
Bells of Dunblane
Mull of Kyntyre
Auld Lang Syng
Morag of Dunvegan
Highland Cradle Song
The Clumsy Lover
The Pumpkin’s Fancy
The Banjo Breakdown
Paddys Leather breaches
The Man From Skye
The Carnival Reel
The Big Burl
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Thin Lizzy – Whisky in the 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