Julia Read Quality Musician - Scottish Piper & clarinet/guitar Jazz Band

Marlow, Buckinghamshire
From: £200
Verified bookings: 37
Reviews: 15
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Price from: £200

Quality Musician - Scottish Bagpiper and clarinet/guitar Jazz Band. Highest levels of Professionalism. I will do everything I can to meet your expectations and make your event extra special for your guests. I play from a vast repertoire of traditional Scottish tunes, but can also learn new tunes in very short notice.

Based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Bagpipes: Been playing bagpipes for over 30 years. Taught by ex-Army pipers in New Zealand. Both my mother and my grandfather were Pipe Majors. My mum inspired me to learn the bagpipes and the highland dancing, country dancing, drumming and throwing the mace! With a vast array of experience under my belt I am sure that you’ll be satisfied booking me for your event. Play at Weddings, Funerals, Birthday, Burns Night, Hogmanay, TV appearances, Military dining out. Range of uniforms, mainly play in a Royal Stewart full pipers outfit. Also offer Black Watch (appropriate for funerals). Other options include a Blue Bonnet Prince Charlie uniform. So I can colour coordinate for brides in a Red, Green or Blue theme.

Jazz Band: An experienced jazz duo of jazz guitar, clarinet/sax/flute. Playing easy listening jazz, suitable as pleasant background music for your event. Venues where we have played include pubs, restaurants, celebrations (such as weddings), jazz recitals, garden parties (such as birthdays). Ideal for special events like Valentines dinners, Mothers Day, Easter, Summer parties, Garden parties, Evening Black Tie dinners, Christmas. Can stand up a duo, trio, quarter and include a singer.

Thank you for viewing my profile page and I look forward to hearing from you. Julia.

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Neil Wilkie

Dec. 17, 2019

Julia was absolutely brilliant at my father’s funeral. Beautiful playing and very respectful.

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Rachelle Cornel

Jan. 24, 2019

Julia was fantastic - would highly recommend!

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Rachael MacKay

Dec. 8, 2018

"Julia was excellent. She arrived super early and looked and absolutely fantastic. She was very accommodating with my daughter who wanted to ""help"" and about the cramped space in a small old beamed pub.
Wish we'd asked for another dance !
Many thanks."

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Laura francis

Nov. 17, 2018

Very professional, extremely accomplished musician , friendly and accommodating to meet our requirements on the day . I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending her for any event , we will book her again . Julia is delightful , she genuinely cared about making the day very special for my elderly Scottish parents and her extra suggestions of when / where to play were really helpful ! Thank you Julia

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Heather Piper

Oct. 13, 2018

"Hi. I would rank Julia higher than 5 if it were possible! She was superb. My daughter had the unusual request of asking if Country Road by John Denver could be played at the wedding on the bagpipes. Julia happily agreed that it was possible. She went to the trouble of recording and sending a clip for my daughter's approval. It was perfect!
Julia arrived before everyone. Made friends with everyone and was certainly a hit.
She performed more tunes than we initially requested and made suggestions of when and what would be good to play.
I would most certainly recommend Julia to anyone and everyone.
Thank you so much, our day was even more perfect than we ever imagined."

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Steve Maddern

Oct. 5, 2018

"Julia was amazing!!

I booked her a surprise for my husband for our wedding. Julia communicated excellently ahead of date, checking out which outfit to wear and what songs to play. Julia liaised directly with the venue to keep everything a secret from my husband.

Being from a Scottish family - julia’s playing certainly brought a tear to the eye of my new husband and many family members!

Julia looked amazing in her traditional uniform and played the pipes amazingly well. We even had an opportunity to pose with julia for some photos before she played us into our wedding breakfast.

Julia, thank you! You certainly did not disappoint us!! I would highly recommend julia!!"

Services From Julia Read Quality Musician - Scottish Piper & clarinet/guitar Jazz Band

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Bagpiper - Up to 2 Hours

Thank you for the opportunity to quote, I would be delighted to play at your event. My quote includes all travel and timings as per your specification. You can find customer reviews, recordings and photos on my profile page. In summary, I am a very experienced piper and have been playing over 30 years. Both my grandfather and mother were pipe majors and I learnt in New Zealand as a teenager whilst studying for an engineering degree. Your event is important to you (and me) with the bagpipes being a great way to create a strong impact and lasting memory for your guests. My focus is on helping you achieve that by providing quality solo bagpiping services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – I will do everything I can to meet your expectations. For your consideration, I also offer the harp as an optional extra. I specialise in light classical, pop and scottish folk, ideal for cocktails or register signing at weddings. Any questions please do ask. kind regards Julia
From: £200.00 per event
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Funeral Bagpiper - Up to 2 hours

Thank you for the opportunity to quote, and please accept my condolences for your family's loss. I would be honoured to play at your event. My quote includes all travel and timings as per your specification. You can find customer reviews, recordings and photos on my profile page. In summary, I am a very experienced piper and have been playing over 30 years. Both my grandfather and mother were pipe majors and I learnt in New Zealand as a teenager whilst studying for an engineering degree. Your event is important to you (and me) with the bagpipes being a great way to create a strong impact and lasting memory for your guests. My focus is on helping you achieve that by providing quality solo bagpiping services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – I will do everything I can to meet your expectations. Any questions please do ask. kind regards Julia
From: £200.00 per event
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FAQ
  • How long do you play for?
    The quote that I provide for you always covers the timings specified by you when you requested a quote. I can play for as hours (such is my repertoire and stamina!), but typically this isn't needed. Weddings for example might take 2 hours if I'm playing for your guests arrival and also piping you up the aisle and back down again. A funeral typically sees me at the location for an hour and will include piping the hearse to the chapel of rest, piping the coffin in and piping afterwards. It is really up to you and what you want, but I'm here to help guide you in terms of what I've done at other events.
  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?
    As a bagpiper, PA and lighting are not part of my performance. I will fit in with whatever is available at your venue. For example I've been lit up when playing as a solo piper on Leeds castle at the end of the summer music festival. In regards to a PA, the bagpipes are certainly loud enough not to need a PA, so that has never been a problem.
  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
    I do sometimes get asked about liability insurance, which I don't have. This is never a problem because I am self sufficient and don't have any electrical equipment that needs PAT testing or could potentially do any damage.
  • How much space do you require?
    I will play in the space that is most relevant for your event, but generally I only need standing room. At a Burns night supper then we typically parade the Haggis around the dining area. At a wedding then I often play to attention at the entrance to the church or reception venue. I am very used to marching whilst playing, having performed in many pipe bands over the years. So I can navigate most spaces, including low head height ceilings in pubs.
  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
    Absolutely! If you want it played, then I will do my very best to play it for you. The bagpipes does have some limitations in terms of the notes that it can reach, but we can give it a go. You make the request and I'll let you know if it can be done on the Pipes.
  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
    I don't tend to take breaks because it is rare for me to be asked to play for longer than 40 minutes in one go, for example for guest arrival before a wedding ceremony. Other parts of my performance are much shorter, for example piping in the birthday cake to Happy Birthday. After which I stop, congratulate the recipient and then play a 5 - 10 min medley set, depending on what you want. I have a special performance that I've worked out for Birthday parties that always gets rave reviews - book me and you'll find out what it is! It helps everyone to enjoy the playing and get involved.


Set List/Services

Bagpipes: traditional Scottish bagpipe tunes + a variety of pop tunes eg Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Lion King, Game of Thrones

Jazz Band: The All American Song book. For example: Angel Eyes; Tangerine; Gentle Rain; Triste; I get a kick out of you; I thought about you; Fly me to the moon; Misty; On Green Dolphin Street; The Shadow of your smile; Wave; Manha de carnival; Autumn Leaves; Laura;Bluesette; Recordame; My Ship; Over the Rainbow; Just Friends; Softly; Perdido; Heres that rainy day; Alone together; A Foggy Day; Moonlight becomes you; Polka dots and moonbeams;You'd be so nice to come home to; A Foggy Day in London Town; Everything happens to me

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