Julia Read Quality Scottish Piper

Marlow, Buckinghamshire
From: £150
Verified bookings: 36
Reviews: 15
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Price from: £150

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 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.

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!!"

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Jazz Band

Jazz band - clarinet/sax and guitarist duo - up to 2 hours. Can also form as a trio/quartet and supply singer. Very experienced, started playing together in 2003. Play smooth jazz, from the American Songbook.
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Indian Wedding Bagpiper - Up To 2 Hours

INDIAN WEDDING BAGPIPER - Piping for the grooms arrival with Dhol drummers and performing a medley set for guests are part of my service at an Indian wedding. I'm connected with two excellent groups of Dhol drummers and can help you supply these if required. Both my grandfather and mother were pipe majors and I learnt in New Zealand as a teenager whilst studying for an engineering degree. I am a very experienced piper and have been playing over 30 years. Any questions please do ask. I hope that I can help make your Burn’s night just that extra bit more memorable and special, Julia
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Wedding Bagpiper

WEDDING PACKAGE - “Julia did a fantastic job at our daughter’s wedding, playing outside the church as all the guests arrived and then playing for my husband and daughter as they walked right up the church path. She kept us very well informed before the date and came up with loads of ideas and options to make the entry into church really special.” Emily Milsom, June 2018 My service can include piping guests on arrival, for processional/recessional, guests to reception, bride and groom to top table and can learn special tunes on request, including pop tunes. 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. Any questions please do ask. I hope that I can help make your day extra special. Julia
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Birthday Bagpiper

BIRTHDAY BAGPIPER - “Julia came to play at my father’s 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!!” Debbie, Sept 2018 My service includes piping in the birthday cake, and playing a tune or two. I can also teach your guests a country dance and play for you all, as well as do a pub style bagpipe game, with a bottle of whisky for the winner! I’m very happy to learn special tunes on request, including pop tunes. Both my grandfather and mother were pipe majors and I learnt in New Zealand as a teenager whilst studying for an engineering degree. I am a very experienced piper and have been playing over 30 years. Any questions please do ask. I hope that I can help make your birthday event extra special, Julia
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Funeral Bagpiper

FUNERAL PACKAGE - “Julia was absolutely brilliant at my father’s funeral. Beautiful playing and very respectful.” Neil Wilkie, Dec 2019 My service can incorporate pipe hearse to entrance, pipe into service, pipe mourners out and learn special tunes on request. Both my grandfather and mother were pipe majors and I learnt in New Zealand as a teenager whilst studying for an engineering degree. I am a very experienced piper and have been playing over 30 years. Any questions please do ask. I hope that I can help make your funeral or memorial service a memorable celebration of your loved one’s life, Julia
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Military Dining Out Bagpiper

MILITARY DINNING OUT PACKAGE - My service can incorporate piping guests during drinks, piping VIP/departing serving officer into dinner. I can also learn special tunes on request. Past requests have included "You'll never walk alone". I focus on helping you achieve a strong impact and lasting memory for your guests by providing quality solo bagpiping services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – I will do everything I can to meet your expectations. 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. Any questions please do ask. regards, Julia
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Burns Supper Piper

BURN'S SUPPER PACKAGE - “Julia provided a great attraction in a full pipers outfit at our Burns Night, not only piping at the entrance to our venue to welcome the guests as they arrived arrived, but also accompanying the haggis, which made for a great atmosphere. Many of the guests complimented us on her playing, and are looking forward to a repeat event next year”, Douglas Courtney, Jan 2018 My service includes piping guests into dinner, piping in the Haggis. Additionally I can supply Highland dancers and perform the address to the Haggis. Both my grandfather and mother were pipe majors and I learnt in New Zealand as a teenager whilst studying for an engineering degree. I am a very experienced piper and have been playing over 30 years. Any questions please do ask. I hope that I can help make your Burn’s night just that extra bit more memorable and special, Julia
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Learn To Play The Bagpipes

Learn to play the bagpipes over skype. I can teach you to play the practise chanter, you'll learn the scale, some of the key grace notes and I'll focus on teaching you tunes that you can go out and play at two key events - New Year's Eve and Burns Night. Each online lesson lasts for 50 minutes. Set yourself up as a piper. If you take a look on Poptop you'll see that we are some of the highest in demand solo musicians. Plus as performers we have the added benefit of being self-contained and with no need for electricity or liability insurance. It's a great little side business and there are never enough pipers at New Year and Burns night, so why not take some time to learn with me on Skype and I'll show you all you need to know about playing the bagpipes.
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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

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