Matthew McRae

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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.

17 Reviews
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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.

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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"

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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

Best wishes

Christine Savage"

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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.

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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

Thanks again"

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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.


    Set List/Services

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

    Sample of Tunes:-

    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
    I am Sailing
    Man’s a Man For a’ That
    Loch Lomond
    Stop Your Tickling Jock
    Mason’s Apron
    Flower of the Scotland
    Amazing Grace
    Flowers of the Forest
    Wild Mountain Thyme
    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
    Can Can
    Gold Ring
    The Clumsy Lover
    Easy Club
    The Pumpkin’s Fancy
    The Banjo Breakdown
    Paddys Leather breaches
    The Man From Skye
    The Carnival Reel
    Calypso Piper
    The Big Burl
    Cabar Feidh
    Black Bear
    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
    Jurassic Park
    Harry Potter
    Star Wars
    Happy Birthday

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