Julia Read Scottish Piper
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Bagpiper - based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Type of Performer(s) or Business
Style of Music
Ceilidh Irish / Traditional
Other Style of Music
Pricing & Costs
- A highly professional and experienced solo piper covering Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, London, Hertfordshire. I have been playing for over 30 years as a solo piper and also in pipe bands across New Zealand, UK and continental Europe. I pride myself on a high level of musicianship, a professional attitude to service and a large repertoire that I am constantly innovating on to help my customers get what they need for their event. Here is just one example of where I helped a bride and groom create a unique and lasting memory: they wanted a scifi themed bagpipe medley so I created a compilation just for them and played it as they walked out of the church, much to the surprise and delight of their guests. You can book with confidence. Request a quote - Confirm booking with a deposit (14 day refundable before the event) - I will turn up on time in a full pipers outfit, Royal Stewart - you pay the remaining amount after the event. A little bit about myself: I learnt the pipes in New Zealand when studying for an engineering degree at Auckland University and have since played in pipe bands in Auckland and in the UK and for many years as a solo piper across Europe. My mother and grandfather both played the pipes and had their own pipe band in Chingford, plus my Aunt was in the famous Dagenham girl pipers. My sister also learnt to play the pipes at the same time as myself and went on to become an excellent drummer. So you can see that my family's pedigree in the great highland bagpipes is indeed extensive. Thank you for visiting my profile page and I look forward to hearing from you, Julia Read (Scottish Piper)
ExperienceYear Business Was Established1985# Of Weddings HostedBetween 30 and 50# Of People In Team1
Location & Contact Details
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
What about your business are you most proud of?
As someone recently said "its one thing to have a piper, but it's another altogether to have a good piper". I pride myself on my musicality, rhythm and rounded tone.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Less is more as far as the bagpipes is concerned. Surprise your guests, but leave them wanting more.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
3 tier wedding cake with little plaques 'painted' in scenes depicting the joint interests of the bride and groom.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
You tell me what you want. I'll give you the benefit of my experience in terms of what works. Then we'll agree together on what is right for you.
Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?
Dagenham Girl Pipers
What is the soundtrack to your life?