Matthew McRae – Professional Bagpiper
Matthew has always been passionate about bagpiping, and has been an active member within England’s bagpiping community since he was 10 years old. His professionalism and experience in front of crowds of all sizes puts him in perfect stead to perform for all occasions.
Matthew has played as a solo performer at some of the most prestigious and well known venues the UK has to offer, from the Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens, to the Great British Pullman steam train. Not only has Matthew played in some of the finest venues the UK has to offer, but he has also played for some of the world’s leading brands and appeared on a range of well-known TV and Radio programmes, from Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio, to Made in Chelsea and The Last Leg: Correspondents. He has also featured as a session musician with Right Said Fred and for Walkers Crisps, and has performed with The Chieftains, and the international bestselling classical group, Il Divo.
Matthew would like to see more people involved within the bagpiping community, and would like to use this presence as a way to share all things piping in England and beyond.
Whether you are a piper, drummer or a client, keep up-to-date on all events and developments within the piping world by following Matthew here.
Matthew has always been closely affiliated with the pipe band fraternity playing with a total of four 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.