“Matthew McRae – Professional Bagpiper for Hire”
Bagpiper Matthew McRae has been playing the Great Highland Bagpipes since he was 10 years old and through-out his piping career he has played as an individual solo performer at multiple events across a wide range of platforms. He has performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, The Intercontinental in Mayfair (Ldn), Saxon Hall, Birkbeck University, Sony Pictures and plays regularly on the Great British Pullman steam train.
Furthermore, Matthew has played for weddings at Horsley Towers, Horsted Place, Leeds Castle, Saddlers Hall, and Burns’ suppers for Panasonic, Mecca Bingo, Grosvenor Casino and Howling Hops Brewery etc.
Matthew has always been closely affiliated with the pipe band fraternity playing with a total of three bands to-date. The first was in 1995 called the Southend Scottish Pipe Band, then after disbanding in 2002 Matthew joined the Sutherland Pipes & Drums based in Corringham, where he has played in many festivals, fetes, military tattoos, remembrance parades and Christmas celebrations.
Deciding to progress his piping onto the next level, in 2012 Matthew joined Essex Caledonian Pipe Band. Being a grade 4 competition band, Matthew competed up and down the country, and internationally, including the quartets, mini bands and Jim McGuinn memorial contest in the South-east of England, the local Scotland in Colchester Competition, the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon and the Scottish Weekend Competition in Belgium. Results across all competitions were very positive, picking up 1st, 2nd or 3rd place honours.
Matthew is now playing, and soon to be competing with the City of London Pipe Band who play at a grade 2 level.