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Skirls Aloud Logo
Dunbartonshire

A professional ex military bagpiper and master of ceremonies with a range of packages to suit every budget. I have three different packages on offer - Piper Package (Piper only) MC Package (MC Only) and the unique Ultimate Package (Piper & MC). Piper Package - A Highland bagpiper in Full Regalia A bagpiper in full highland regalia for your ceremony and reception. On duty from 30 minutes prior to the ceremony until the start of your wedding breakfast. What you get................ Meeting with the happy couple as early as possible after booking me to go over your plans and wishes  Bagpiping outside your ceremony venue for 30 minutes prior to the brides arrival  Playing the brides processional tune (if required)  Playing during the signing of the register (if required)  Playing the Bride and Grooms recessional tune (if required)  Playing outside the ceremony venue during photographs  Playing as guests arrive at reception venue (if ceremony and reception venues are different)  Playing as Bride and Groom arrive at reception venue (if ceremony and reception venues are different)  Play the top table in to the reception (if required)(Bagpiping)  Play the happy couple in to the reception (Bagpiping)  Use of my full size Claymore sword to cut your cake  Skirls Aloud unique Quaich ceremony MC Package - Master of Ceremonies in red or white highland formal dress A master of ceremonies in red or white highland formal dress (your choice) for your ceremony and reception (ideal if you have a family member or friend piping). On duty from an hour prior to the ceremony until the end of your first dance. What you get................ Meeting with the happy couple as early as possible after booking me to go over your plans and wishes  Advice on etiquette and customs  Greet your guests to the ceremony and reception  Advise and assist ushers  Liaise with the celebrant/minister/priest etc  Liaise with the photographer  Liaise with the videographer  Liaise with the caterers/chef/venue management  Organise the receiving line, announce guests  Co-ordinate acceptance of gifts  Call attention to the seating plan  Announce the top table in to the reception  Announce the happy couple in to the reception  Organise and announce the cutting of the cake  Use of my full size Claymore sword to cut your cake  Skirls Aloud unique Quaich ceremony  Announce the toasts and the speakers  Assist in the presenting of special gifts or bouquets  Say grace, if required  Read cards and other messages, if required  Announce and arrange the retiring of the couple from the table  Ensure the arrangements for the evening/liaise with the band/disco  Organise the Grand March (bridal party in to ballroom for first dance)  Announce the first dance  Plus many other unseen tasks that go to make the day perfect Bagpiper and Master Of Ceremonies ‘The Ultimate Package’ A unique fusion of two very distinct and valuable services to make your day as special as it should be. A highland bagpiper in full highland regalia for your ceremony and a master of ceremonies in red or white highland formal dress (your choice) for your reception. On duty from 30 minutes prior to the ceremony until the end of the first dance. What you get................ Meeting with the happy couple as early as possible after booking me to go over your plans and wishes Bagpiping  Bagpiping outside your ceremony venue for 30 minutes prior to the brides arrival  Playing the brides processional tune (if required)  Playing during the signing of the register (if required)  Playing the Bride and Grooms recessional tune (if required)  Playing outside the ceremony venue during photographs  Playing as guests arrive at reception venue (if ceremony and reception venues are different)  Playing as Bride and Groom arrive at reception venue (if ceremony and reception venues are different) Master of Ceremonies  Advice on etiquette and customs  Greet your guests to the reception  Liaise with the photographer  Liaise with the videographer  Liaise with the caterers/chef/venue management  Organise the receiving line, announce guests  Co-ordinate acceptance of gifts  Call attention to the seating plan  Play the top table in to the reception (if required)(Bagpiping)  Play the happy couple in to the reception (Bagpiping)  Organise and announce the cutting of the cake (if prior to the meal)  Use of my full size Claymore sword to cut your cake  Skirls Aloud unique Quaich ceremony  Announce the toasts and the speakers  Assist in the presenting of special gifts or bouquets  Say grace, if required  Read cards and other messages, if required  Announce and arrange the retiring of the couple from the table  Ensure the arrangements for the evening/liaise with the band/disco  Organise the Grand March (bridal party in to ballroom for first dance)(Bagpiping)  Announce the first dance  Plus many other unseen tasks that go to make the day perfect as it should be. ...

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Andrew Paton, Highland Bagpiper Logo
Cheshire

I am a Bagpiper, based in Warrington Cheshire. I have been playing for over 30 years and have a wealth of experience with high profile jobs of many differing types. I have a selection of different tartans and uniform types to suit any engagement. I am happy to travel, please see my summary for the areas I have played in.. I have been playing the bagpipes for over 30 years and started when I was 9 years old. I am a former member of the world famous pipes and drums of the 1st Battalion The Black Watch and have travelled all over the world with them. As an army piper I have taken part in many high profile events, the highlights of those events would be the playing for the Royal family and various other heads of state at official functions, the Edinburgh military tattoo, North American tour and the hand over of Hong Kong. During my time as an Army piper I passed the class 1 pipers course which is a pre requisit for being put forward for the army Pipe Majors course. I have always been involoved with competition bands either as a band member or leader, I have played at most of the official major championships, including the World pipe band championships, the European championships and the British championships. I have also been the North West England solo piping champion. My experience gained in these events allows me to provide a professional service to any event type. Having experienced this high level of performance, I am able to offer a professional service from the standard of turn out to quality of playing for your event. High profile events I have taken part in include:- The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1996, 1997, 1998, 2014) Kenya (1996) Tour of New Zealand (1997) Piping for the Normandy veterans on their annual return to France (2012, 2013, 2014) The Basel Tattoo (2015) The Berlin Tattoo (2016) The Malta Military Tattoo (2017) Tour of North America (1994, 1998) The Hand over of Hong Kong (1997) Contries I have played in:- All over the UK America Canada Denmark Germany Hong Kong New Zealand Kenya Malta Switzerland France ...

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Xenia Wedding Harpist Logo
Norfolk
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Highly experienced professional harpist for all occasions. Xenia is a superb harpist, formally trained, who has performed at prestigious events across the UK for several years. She founded her company UK Harpists in 2003 with the aim of providing performance opportunities for hand picked harpists, creating a unique network of the best musicians around. Her repertoire spans all styles of music, from Early court music to Coldplay and contemporary artists. She also composes and can create bespoke music for special events. Playing a white maple concert harp, Xenia adds a wonderful visual element to weddings and parties, as well as providing the magical musical qualities of this wonderful instrument. Her powerful playing style enables the music to be enjoyed both indoors and outside. She works as a solo artist but also colloborates with other performers including flute, cello, guitar, violin and other singers. Xenia is available for solo concerts, weddings, corporate events, funerals, and all type of events. As well as arranging harp music to suit specific styles of event she can create a whole programme tailored for your occasion from medieval music in costume to Irish music, Victorian songs, Film themes and more. She is always available to discuss how the music can work best and will look at the practical aspects of each event and each type of venue to ensure a comprehensive and professional service. She is a long standing member of the Musicians Union and a full Equity member. ...

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Llywelyn Ifan Jones - Harpist Logo
South Glamorgan

One of Britain's leading young harpists in demand internationally.. Born in Aberaeron, Llywelyn successfully completed his postgraduate studies in 2015 with the highest class from the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg where he was First Prize winner of the 'Savarez-Corelli Kammermusik Competition.’ He was mentored by Stephen Fitzpatrick (Principal Harpist of the Staatskapelle Orchestra, Berlin). His Master’s studies were generously funded by the James Pantyfedwen Trust. Previous to his time in Salzburg, he studied the harp intensively with Caryl Thomas at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was the recipient of numerous awards including the Mansel Thomas Award, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Award and on two occasions, the Daniel Emlyn Davies Award. In 2013 he was a winner of a prestigious Lyon and Healy Award, first prize winner at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the winner of the Pencerdd Gwalia Competition. Llywelyn recently performed Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in Salzburg during Mozart Week 2016 shortly after working with Vasily Petrenko in Norway. As a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Llywelyn was chosen to perform with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the BBC Proms as part of their ‘side by side’ scheme and has performed with Sinfonia Cymru, the Cory Band and at the Ungdomssymfonikerne. Also, during a placement scheme at the RWCMD, he has performed alongside the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Llywelyn was selected to perform at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver and has also given solo performances in Vienna, Salzburg and Norway. He made his concerto debut in 2014, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Jemma Freestone at the Dora Stoutzker Hall in Cardiff. He has performed for a variety of audiences and events including various Music clubs across the U.K. He performed for the Diamond Jubilee celebration of HRH Queen Elizabeth II and celebratory Wales Rugby Union events on numerous accounts. Other sporting events include hospitality engagements with the Football Association of Wales and the London 2012 Wales Olympic launch. In April 2014 Llywelyn was chosen for the late Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now scheme both as a soloist and in a duo with the soprano Jessica Robinson with whom he performed as part of the outreach programme at the Fishguard International Music Festival. The scheme has taken him to perform in many venues across Wales, Austria and Germany. Llywelyn has a wide variety of experience catering to many different types of special ocassions from corporate functions to weddings, anniversary milestones, birthday parties and can add a poignant touch to a funeral. Having studied a whole range of different repertoire he can offer multiple genres which include Classical favourites. He can also offer traditional folk music from the British Isles alongside Jazz standards and even current popular music. He works closely with a flautist and a soprano singer therefore can offer a Harp and Flute duo and a Harp and Voice duo. Harp music can be a great addition to any part of your wedding day. It can be included before the ceremony as the guests await the arrival of the bridal party and can provide elegant music for the procession. It is often that Harp music is wanted for the signing of the register and to close the ceremony during the exit of the newly married couple. It is common for a harpist to play during the ceremony and then to entertain the guests during a drinks reception as the couple take wedding photos or mingle with the guests as they wait for the wedding breakfast. ...

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