FUNERALS

A funeral bagpiper can be extremely poignant and can help give the perfect send off for a loved one. The pipes can be a perfect tribute to a proud Scottish or Irish heritage and add sense of tradition. I offer a respectful and professional service from first point of contact to the day of the funeral. I always liaise with funeral directors to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day. 

I am very proud to be the first point of contact for a number of funeral directors in Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax, Doncaster, Manchester, Chesterfield, Nottingham, and Derby when they are booking a funeral bagpiper on behalf of their clients. 

The information to follow details examples of what is usually required of me at a funeral. I’m always happy to accommodate other ideas (if feasible). 

CHURCH FUNERALS

Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham Bagpiper Hire

From £150

If playing at a church funeral it is tradition for the funeral bagpiper to lead the coffin either to the church doors, allowing the organist (or recorded music) to take over as the casket is carried to the front and placed on the bier. Alternatively I can lead the casket to the front of the church and play until everyone is seated. 

At the end of the service I can lead the coffin out of church or begin playing from the church doors and lead to the hearse. 

CREMATORIUMS

Funeral Bagpiper Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield
Leading the funeral cortège at Cottingley Crematorium, Leeds

From £150

If asked to play at a crematorium I would usually meet the funeral cortege at the gates (or a suitable location) and lead down to the chapel. This is very effective for mourners waiting at the chapel as they hear the pipes in the distance getting louder as I approach. If required to play as the casket is carried into the service, I will either lead the casket in or play outside and the sound will carry. Many chapels at crematoriums are of a small size, so the pipes may be too overpowering if played inside.

BURIALS

At a burial I would generally lead the pallbearers down to the graveside and play until the casket is about to be lowered. At the end of the service I usually play several tunes and walk into the distance to give the effect of the pipes fading. 

 

DRESS

I can perform in traditional Scottish formal attire (click here for photo) or Full No.1 Highland Regimental Dress (click here for photo). The tartans I offer are Royal Stuart, Brown, Mackenzie, American Universal, and Diaspora (Irish). 

REPERTOIRE FOR FUNERALS

Popular tunes includes:

  • Flower of Scotland
  • Amazing Grace
  • Mist Covered Mountains
  • Danny Boy
  • Going Home
  • Mull of Kyntyre
  • Highland Cathedral
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Abide With Me
  • Flowers of The Forest
  • Green Hills of Tyrol
  • Kilworth Hills
  • When The Battle’s Over
  • Hector The Hero
Funeral Bagpiper For Hire Yorkshire
Piping outside the Old School Chapel at Warburtons Funeral Directors, Todmorden

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