Tony is an accomplished piper and has been playing the Great Highland Bagpipes for 20 plus years. On discharge from the Armed Forces, after 22years service, both Regular and NRPS he attended the piper’s course at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming, Inchdrewer, House Edinburgh. He went on to be tutored further under the watchful eye of an Ex Scots Guards Pipe Major, prior to launching his professional career. Tony is predominately a solo piper however also manages The Home Counties Pipes & Drums whom are available for larger corporate events, carnivals and fetes and Tony and the team have recently completed 8 stadium tours opening, and on stage with Sir Rod Stewart, members of the band have also played alongside The National Symphony Orchestra with the well-known and respected conductor, Anthony Inglis. The Band is made up of Members located throughout the South therefore subsequently can supply the number of Pipers and Drummers for you, according to your requirements. He and his colleagues will tailor the event to your specific requirements and can advise where needed, on the formal parts of your Event, including if necessary the best way to utilize your piper, or pipe Band to make it an occasion to remember. Tony has two tartans Royal Stewart and Black Watch, his family tartans, and can attend in Formal Ceremonial dress, Day or Evening dress subject to your preference. The Band also have several other additional tartans including Red Robertson and Lamont but Royal Stewart is their Formal Band Tartan All Band members experienced and highly skilled musicians, brought them together through a passion for their hobby and to promote traditional highland bagpipe music and Highland Dancing. The Band are available for large events such as fetes, festivals, parades and promotional launches or smaller events to suit the client’s individual requirements. The band members are located throughout the whole of the south of England from the South West, in Devon to the South East in Kent and North as far as Shropshire Leicestershire, and the Midlands, a majority belonging to pipe bands within their local areas They can travel overseas if required and therefore makes them the one stop place for your occasion from solo piper to full Marching Band and dance group. In the United Kingdom they have previously performed together at many Military, Corporate and celebrity events, Concerts, Weddings, Birthdays, Funerals, Burn's Nights, Birthdays, and TV and Radio presentations. In fact, no matter what your event they can provide a highly professional service, having also performed in many counties in Europe, Russia, Canada and the USA.
Louise Ferguson• Aug. 1, 2020
It was an extremely enjoyable time and all enjoyed the Wiltshire Piper. I did receive a call during the event to ask for feedback which I think should have waited until the next day or on email rather than interrupting me at the time of the event however we enjoyed the music and my Fathers 85th was made very special due to this.
Jayne Gazur• June 15, 2020
Tony played for our mum's funeral and he was so professional, he just new where to stand and when to play and made a very sad day memorable.
Mark Price• May 21, 2020
Turned up on time very professional. He played an excellent variety of music. After the lockdown we would like to have Tony back again for my Mother's birthday meal.
ella dunn• May 7, 2020
Thankyou so much Tony for your service. Sorry I never got to meet you in person yesterday. Absolutely beautiful music the best bag piper I have ever heard and it made the funeral for my uncle a special one and extra comforting. What a lovely genuine guy goes out of his way to make arrangements and advise what type of tune to have depending on the occasion. Will remember you forever xx
My family and I would like to express our sincere thanks to Tony Hurst who played the pipes and Dads funeral on 6th March 2019. Dad was a side drummer in a pipe band during his service with the RAF during WW2 and beyond and it meant a great deal to the family to honour our father in this way. As such, I would have no hesitation in recommending Tony's services to others who require a piper for any occasion. Sincerely David Graham
I hired Tony to play the bagpipes at a corporate event, a Burns Night Supper, and I was absolutely delighted with every aspect of the service I received. During the planning stages Tony was easy to contact and always responded to my calls and emails quickly - which I really appreciated. I had never planned a Burns Night event before and Tony was helpful and knowledgeable and shared his experience so I could get it right. On the evening itself Tony arrived early, arrived prepared and was incredibly professional, also Tony is incredibly talented, the playing was exquisite and we drew quite the crowd of onlookers from outside the venue and the guests were incredibly impressed. The service I received was beyond any that I could have anticipated I cannot recommend this piper enough, I will absolutely be going to him if we ever need a piper again, without hesitation. Thank you Tony.
Services From The Wiltshire Piper - The Piper for All Occasions
Burns Night Bagpiper
What kind of events do you usually serve?
Weddings Funerals Corporate Events Birthdays Anniversaries Mess Functions and Concert support
How long do you play for?
Normally 15 -20 minute sessions the number of which are subject to your own specific requirements for your event
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
This is nort required with Highland Bagpipes
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
I have both Band and Solo Piper Public liability covering 10M
How much space do you require?
This is dependent on your venue which can be discussed on booking
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
If it is playable on the Bagpipes and I have time to learn it, any tune request is possible but would advise if it was not possible
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
Again this is subject to the requirements at your event and can be discussed on booking but as a guideline within an hour I would propose two/three breaks of five minutes just to get my breath back and have a drink of water
How far do you travel
I travel throughout the UK and Oversea's