Honest Words From Happy Customers

Thankyou to everyone who has taken the time to leave a review. Below is a selection of reviews from over the years. Many more can be found on my Facebook Page and Last Minute Musicians. If you would like to leave a review, please visit my Facebook page, or email to info@hireabagpiper.co.uk. 

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding at Oulton Hall on 21st September. We were so busy when you were playing that didn’t even get to say hi but it was absolutely fantastic. All the guests loved it and I loved that it brought the Scottish culture to a Scottish/ Nigerian wedding. Even staff at oulton hall were saying how amazing you were!

  Kirsty Mcfadden


Ed was punctual, kind and with charm and charisma. He played outside for my mother’s 93rd and a small crowd gathered, it was a hot summer evening and he made the atmosphere so happy and upbeat with his skilled playing and interpersonal skills.

Also very reasonable in price. He took the time to speak personally to my mother and ask her to choose a tune to play. Can’t recommend Ed highly enough.

  Kate Adams

Ed was amazing, arrived in good time, very attentive , fulfilled everything I asked of him, amazing value for money, Ed made me feel at ease and not once made me feel rushed , I can only thank him so much for his great talent , he is a wonderful person, easy to talk to and made me feel relaxed on such a sad day for me,

I highly recommend Ed , and can assure anyone who would book Ed, they will not be disappointed,

Christine Gibson

Thanks again for your input at our Burns Supper last Saturday in Pontefract – it was just what I wanted. And a great night had by all, lots of terrific feedback. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to shake your hand before you left… 

Hugh Heron

Good morning Ed, Just a wee note to Thank you for the amazing playing of the bagpipes at our wedding. It really did add that extra special feeling, not only to Lyn and I, but to the whole wedding party, everyone of them commented how professional every aspect of your gig was outstanding…

  Steve Gillett 

Got Ed in to attend a surprise birthday party for my mums 70th, Had my mum at the front of the stage as I was giving a speech and the wife was outside waiting for the cue to come in with Ed playing the pipes, when it was time we opened the door and in he walked tunes blaring out, my mums face was priceless, she welled up and had hand over mouth, it worked she had no idea and loved it, I must say thank you Ed as this made my mums night. On the booking side of things it was really easy, fantastic communication, arrived on time etc, can not fault anything at all. Again, thanks Ed and if at all needed we will definitely be contacting you again…

Andrew Lee 

A big thank you to Ed for playing at our wedding on Saturday he was amazing on the bagpipes, all the guest loved it and every time help played it gave me goosebumps, would definitely recommend him…

Rob Cairns

Just a quick shout out for Ed who performed at our wedding yesterday absolutely amazing!!!!really got everyone talking very professional and would highly recommend him!

Paul and Kate Watts

Just wanted to say a massive Thank You for playing at our wedding back in March at Ringwood Hall. Everybody commented how amazing you were and when you came back at the end of the night how it finished the day off perfectly. Many Thanks again… 

Kaley and Alan Todd

Thank you so much for playing at my sons wedding. He was born in Scotland and loved bag pipe music since a child. I promised him since a little boy that when hegrew up I would arrange for a piper to play at his wedding. Thank you for making not only my sons dream come true but also his nans who he Is very close to. I would highly recommend you. When we get the official photos we will send you one…

Christina Arnold

Thank you so much for playing at my Mum’s funeral yesterday. You were fabulous and all my friends and family were very touched at such a great tribute..

Marie Frew

Hello Ed, our family would like to say a massive thank you for the very professional job you carried out at my dad’s funeral, City Road Feb 16th 2015. To walk into the chapel behind the pipes playing ‘Flower of Scotland’ was very emotional. With the pipes in full flow our family and guests walked behind you and the hearse down to the graveside which must have resembled the Lucknow Relief Column. To all who attended my dad’s funeral your piping will forever live in their memories. Thank you again Ed…

Stuart Fletcher

Hi Ed. Further to my text on the evening of my Dad\’s funeral in Derbyshire, I wanted to write something for your page to the the effect that what you did for us on 20th February took the ceremony to a new level. You were such a pro, the tune you played was just right and the McKenzie tartan had all of us in goosebumps as you can imagine. Everyone said what a great send off it was for my Dad and it was you who started it all! As you can imagine, I was a bit nervous about picking someone off the internet (as you may recall, I originally had friend lined up for the gig) but I can assure assure anyone who has any doubts that you really are the man for the job. Your communications were also perfect, reassuring me that you\’d arrived in good time etc etc.
Thanks again Ed and big up…

Andy Mackenzie

Just an email to say thank you so much for today – you were fantastic and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
You really made today such a special occasion for them and I am sure they will remember it for many years to come.
We will certainly be in touch again when we next require a piper and will definitely recommend you to anyone else requiring the services of a bagpiper. Thanks again… 

Margaret & Jo on behalf of Haydn Primary School, Notts

Ed arrived with plenty of time to get ready.He piped my daughter in to her wedding perfectly and during the wedding ceremoney. He was dressed with all the highland charm as a true highlander would, quite a few guest’s thought that he was scottish. His outfit was splendidly turned out and while he waited for photographs to be taken he talked to the guests about his uniform and bag pipes. I can say that Mr Arnold was one of the best surprises that the bride and groom could wish for and I am pleased that I had booked him for the wedding. Thank you for all your help in making my daughters wedding go so well for her.

Mr P Moran

Hi Ed thanks again for performing at Clifford School. The kids really enjoyed it and I’m sure they’ll remember it for some time’

Niala and Peter

Thankyou so much for playing at my wedding on Sunday. I didn’t get the opportunity to personally thankyou on sunday. When I arrived at church the look on my fathers face was a picture he was well surprised. My father explained the two pieces you played at church to my guests. I loved the way in which you piped down to the church it was very moving and made our day very special. At the reception many of the guests commented about you and your playing and how moving it was. I thankyou for making my day very special also my fathers. Many Thanks

Fiona Lamming

I rang Ed two weeks before my wedding date to ask if he could possibly play as a  present for my dad who loves the bagpipes, after reading all Ed’ s feedback from his website I wasn’t at all surprised he was booked on that day. After explaining that I didn’t want Ed to play all day and that I would just like him to play for a while in the evening, Ed arranged that he would book me in after the wedding he was already booked for but he would have some traveling to do to get to us so we arranged a time for him to start. Ed knowing that this was a surprise for my dad turned up at my venue and rang me to let me know he had arrived so my dad didn’t see him, while Ed got himself ready I announced to my guests that we had a bagpiper to play for my dad… well my dads face dropped. Ed came in playing and stood in front of my dad and played for him. It was the most incredible thing I have ever seen. My dad was in amazement to be honest, as I looked round the room so to were the rest of my guests. My dad was so thrilled by Ed playing the bagpipes he had a tear in his eye thus setting everyone else off. Ed was fantastic with all my guests answering Any questions anyone had and playing all the requests my guests asked for. I can honestly say everyone of my guests genuinely enjoyed Eds performance as they all got up for a dance. I did try having a cheeky turn on the pipes thinking to myself ‘how hard can this be’, well talk about showing myself up I couldn’t even get a tiny sound out of it ha ha, but this did just added to the fun of the day. I  would have no worries in recommending Ed to anyone. Thank you very much Ed for playing at my wedding you are a really nice guy with an enormous talent once again Thank you you made our day.

Stacey Cutts

Ed I wanted to say a proper thank you to you, sorry it has taken me a little while. You were a very important part of my dad’s day and did us proud. My dad would have loved to hear you. You were very powerful and played without fault, your music was beautiful! I know without a doubt I picked the best person to play for my dad. I couldn’t have picked anyone better and the comments we’ve had about you, well I wish you could have heard them all. I really hope I get to hear you play again one day, hopefully it will be for a happier reason. For anyone thinking of hiring Ed for their day, don’t think twice about it! He is the person for you! Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart, will never be forgotten …

Angela Cochrane Dyer 

Thank you for such a fantastic night last night you really made it very special for my family to celebrate my mums birthday and I truly thank you for that…

Karen Hepworth

Hi Ed just to say many many thanks for playing at my fathers funeral yesterday, it was just what the family and friends needed to help us through our sad day. The songs you played were bitter sweet but made us proud of our father and his heritage ! Thank you for your professionalism and courteousness and hope to see you again in happier circumstances … 

Julie Cook

We was very pleased with you . The music was incredible.The priest and the undertaker said that you were the best piper he had heard.The music that you played after dad was buried was beautiful. What was the tune? Thanks again it was such a fitting touch to dads funeral… 

Ann Wright

On the 23rd August 2015 Ed Arnold added a special atmosphere to our wedding and every guest agreed too. Ed’s playing was excellent, his positioning and timing superb, we have no hesitation to award him a well deserved 10/10 performance! ‘Yours with great thanks… 

Trevor & Jenny Lewis-Cross

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for your performances at the chapel at our wedding. The impact of your performance of Highland Cathedral will stay with us forever. Sorry we didn’t get to speak on the day but it was incredible. We’ve had so many people say that it was the best and most dramatic entrance of the bride they have ever seen and we couldn’t have done it without you.Thank you so much and all the best for the future…

John and Emma Greaves

On behalf of all the family thank you so much for playing at my Grandad’s funeral yesterday. It was poignant, full of class and a perfect tribute! Would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you…

Kirsty Moffat

I know I thanked you on the day but I also wanted to put my heartfelt gratitude in writing.

Yesterday was the worst day in my entire life, but your professional presentation and your wonderful playing simply made the whole occasion perfect. My Scots friends were well impressed!

I wish you every success in the future and will most certainly hire you again if another, hopefully happier, occasion arises…

Katie King

One of the happiest and proudest day of my life was when my son Ed gave me the surprise of my life when he suddenly appeared with his highland bagpipes and piped me up the steep incline of the beautiful Bled Castle, Bled, Slovenia, where we got married on 24th December – Christmas Eve 2011. This was a fairytale wedding in a fairytale setting and the memory of my son’s beautiful playing of the pipes, with such passion and emotion, will remain in my heart forever. Not only was he immaculately presented but Ed’s passion for the music he plays, makes me the proudest mum in the world. We would like to say an enormous thankyou for the best wedding present ever, and to highly recommend this very talented musician to everyone, I’m not blowing my own trumpet but in this case THE BAGPIPES!!!!!!! Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts Ed

Amanda and Terry Hayes


Just couldn’t wait to say thank you for making my dads 70th Birthday party a memorable occasion,my dad and all at the party thought you was excellent, but you would know that by the way they applauded you. Once again thanks.’

Margarta and Graham

Just a quick note to thankyou so much for yesterday and Mum’s funeral. Your playing was beautiful and was a lovely poignant and fitting tribute to my mum’s memory and her life. People at Hassop Hall were saying how beautiful your playing was and how much it had touched them during the service.’

 Jill Savage

I am sorry I missed you after you finished at Kate and Stephen’s wedding on the 29th, but please accept my thanks for an excellent job. There were a lot of compliments about the piping afterwards, and there were a number of people there who instantly recognised good piping when they heard it!

I would be more than happy to recommend you for any future events in the Yorkshire area where a quality piper is required.’

Alisdair Milne

Thank you so much for playing such a special role on our wedding day, you were absolutely fantastic. It made it so special for us having you playing at Bolsover Castle, it just made the hairs stand up on the back of our necks!

All the guests said how great you were – once again thank you very much for everything.’

Faye and Martin

Thank you so much for playing such a special role on our wedding day, you were absolutely fantastic. It made it so special for us having you playing at Bolsover Castle, it just made the hairs stand up on the back of our necks!

All the guests said how great you were – once again thank you very much for everything.’

Lorraine and Mick Cross

Ed recently played at mums funeral in Chesterfiled, it was a request mum had made prior to her passing, yet again she was right!!! His knowledge of pipe music was excellent as was his playing, was a nice touch to an emotional day, everything went smoothly and fell into place, once again thanks for your part in giving mum the send off she wanted.

Sam Richardson

We just wanted to thank-you so very much for making our wedding day special. Everyone commented on how beautiful your bag pipe music was. I especially loved being piped down the grand staircase with my new husband. I think it was then that it hit that I was now part of my new Scottish family or Clan as my nephew informed me. Your service from our first contact to arrange you playing at our wedding to the actual day was very professional, and we would highly recommend you to anyone else thinking of hiring a Scottish Piper. Thanks again

Rachel and Ogilvie

 I realise that I don’t think I ever wrote to you to say how delighted we all were with your playing of the bagpipes at our family “clan gathering”. Everybody was surprised and delighted when you turned up. The children were quite awed at first, never having seen a piper, since they live in France, but as you know they soon realised what fun it all was and started dancing to your music. It was so kind of you to play for so long and to let one of my young cousins to try to play your pipes. The music was wonderful, such a great repertoire and so many favourites of mine. Its the first time we’ve had a family gathering with so many people from such far flung places and it was an overwhelming success, much of that success due to you. So very, very many thanks to you, Ed

Karen Wilson

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