Julia Read - Quality Scottish Piper

Marlow
From: £200
Verified bookings:  29
Reviews: 15
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Price from: £200

Quality Scottish Bagpiper. 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. Been playing 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...

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14 Reviews
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Rachael MacKay

8 Dec 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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Grace Cather

26 Jan 2018

Julia was a fantastic addition to the inaugural Roedean School Burns night. She was incredibly friendly and professional at all times, and helped us out with some of the protocol for the night as well!

Her playing was fantastic and really added to the atmosphere of the evening, we would definitely recommend her to others.

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Rachelle Cornel

24 Jan 2019

Julia was fantastic - would highly recommend!

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Debbie

1 Sep 2018

Julia came to play at my fathers 80th Party last night as a surprise and he as well as all the other guests had great fun dancing along to the sound of the pipes. Great evening. Would definitely recommend Julia!!

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Simon Grimsey

31 Dec 2017

I was a guest at a New Years eve party that Julia played at. She was great, really got the party going and such a surprise when she came in playing Auld Lang Syne. Then she got everyone jigging around, joining hands and dancing to a traditional Scottish jig. Absolutely fantastic! 5 stars

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FAQ
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?
    As a bagpiper, I don't need to provide PA and lighting. It's not generally part of my performance.
  • 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.


Set List/Services

New Years Eve

Burns Night (I also perform the address to the Haggis if that is required)

Weddings

Funerals

TV appearances

Traditional Scottish tunes from the Army piping books

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