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Julia Read Scottish Piper

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Bagpiper - based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire
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Type of Performer(s) or Business

Solo Musician

Style of Music

Ceilidh Irish / Traditional
Ceremony Music
Other Style of Music
Reception Music

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Full Description
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)

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Julia
I look forward to working with you to create a performance that is meaningful to you. I play a range of traditional Scottish tunes, but have also been asked by brides and grooms to play some more modern and unusual pieces that mean something particular to them. My aim is to provide quality musicianship, a high level of service and a strong visual impact in a full Pipers uniform for the purpose of creating a lasting memory that will be fondly remembered for years to come by you and your guests.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
No. of People In Team
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emily milsom
Wedding: June 2018
August 2018
Wedding Bagpiper - very professional
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 righ...
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emily milsom
Wedding: June 2018
July 2018
Wedding bagpiper - very professional
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 righ...
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John Cole
Wedding: April 2018
April 2018
Recommendation 10 stars !!
Julia recently playing at my Wife Grandfather's funeral who sadly departed us. The overall level of professionalism, compassion and manner of Julia was unbelievable. Juli...
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Simon Grimsey
Wedding: December 2017
April 2018
She was great, really got the party going
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 s...
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Location & Contact Details


Bourne End SL8 5P, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5PR, England

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Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Traditional Scottish

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 No. 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?

Amazing Grace