Alasdair Cuthbert

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About Alasdair

I am a traditional piper looking for work in Oxford, London and surrounding area, with nearly 10 years of experience of parties, events etc.
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I started learning the bagpipes at school aged 9 - I immediately took to the instrument, and have been a keen player ever since. I began learning under the tutoring of Pipe Major Dixie Ingram, former PM of the Scots Guards. From 2012 to 2017, I studied at Eton College under Pipe Major Jim Motherwell BEM, former PM of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Queen's Piper. While at school, I took part in several large concerts, solo, as a Pipe Band, and alongside the Brass Band and major events, including the annual CCF Military Tattoo, as well as winning twice the school Bagpipe Competition. In my final year I became the Pipe Major of the School Pipe Band, and led the band in all their events that year. Alongside this school career I have pursued many other outlets for my piping, including playing many times for the Basrah Road Dinner Club of the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars. Now a student at the University of Oxford, I am still furthering my playing at any opportunity, and play often for the various functions of my Reserve Unit, the Oxford University Officer's Training Corps, alongside other engagements both in and around the University, and beyond.

Alasdair's Reviews

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General O
6 years ago

He really did play extremely well. He is a talented piper. He apparently learnt a couple of new tunes to support the Scottish dancers on the evening and he played everything really well. He got resounding applause from the entire hall (the Balliol dining hall was full and it’s not small) and also got 3 cheers. A cracking performance.

Professor L
6 years ago

Just to thank you again. I’m crazy about bagpipes played properly, I really am.

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Alasdair's Song list

The Green Hills of Tyrol
When the Battle's O'er
I See Mull
Calon Lan
Mary Grant
The Colonel, The Piper
Willie Macrae, of Ullapool
Scotland the Brave
The Rowan Tree
The Moonstar
The Marine Corps Hymn
The Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill
Highland Laddie
The 79th Farewell to Gibraltar
Highland Wedding
The Abercairney Highlanders
The Garb of Old Gaul
The Australian Ladies
The Black Bear
The Barren Rocks of Aden
The Brown Haired Maiden
The High Road to Gairloch
The Red Coat
Farewell to the Creeks
Rab's Wedding
Dovecote Park
The Atholl Highlanders
The Steamboat
The Bugle Horn
Pibroch O'Donald Dhu
Colonel Andrew Cuthbert - Pipe Major Martin Huxter
Lt Col Alasdair Mathewson
Leaving Port Ascaig
Cock o' the North
The Battle of the Somme
Cullen Bay
Highland Cathedral
Flower of Scotland
Auld Lang Syne
The Mist Covered Mountains
The Skye Boat Song
The Mingulay Boat Song
The Road to the Isles
The Dark Isle
Row Me Home to Islay
Lord Lovat's Lament
The Wandering Piper
Hector the Hero
Mull of the Mountains
The Massacre of Glencoe
Westering Home
Over the Hills and Far Away
Loch Leven Castle
Sarah's Song
Amazing Grace
Carlingford Lough
The Flowers of the Forest
Farewell to Camraw
Captain Noel Chavasse VC*
The Green Glens of Antrim
The Lantern of the North (Elgin Cathedral)
Lament for Rory Mor
Leaving Barra
Scots Wha Hae
The Governor's Installation, Edinburgh Castle
The South Uist Emigrants
The Skye Gathering
Banjo Breakdown
The Biscuit - P/M Malcolm McVitie
Rocking the Baby
Paddy be Easy
Glasgow City Police Pipers
H/M The Queen's Jig - Pipe Major Jim Motherwell
Pipe Major Joe Wilson
Paddy's Leather Breeches
The Jig of Slurs
The Bugle Call
The Ewe wi' the Crookit Horn
Itchy Fingers
Jock Wilson's Ball
The High Road to Linton
The Sheepwife
The Ale is Dear
The Piper of Drummond
A Christmas Carousal
Pumpkin's Fancy
The Train Journey North
Banjo Breakdown
Clumsy Lover
The Steam Train to Mallaig
The Mason's Apron
Lt Col George Latham's Fancy
The Marquis of Huntley's Highland Fling
Lady Madeleine Sinclair
The Duke of Gordon's Birthday
The Shepherd's Crook
Susan Kilpatrick
The Gael
Carlingford Lough
The Green Glens of Antrim
Star of the County Down
The Minstrel Boy
The Fields of Athenry
St Patrick's Day
Mairi's Wedding
O Danny Boy
Lord of the Rings
Star Wars
Game of Thrones
Pirates of the Caribbean
Local Hero (Going Home)
Magnificent Seven
Selection of Christmas Carols
Wonderwall - Oasis
Abide with Me
Amazing Grace
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
God Save the Queen
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Good King Wenceslas
I Saw Three Ships
O Come All Ye Faithful
Deck the Halls
Joy to the World
Jingle Bells
Little Drummer Boy
O Tannenbaum
Oh Holy Night
The First Noel
We Three Kings of Orient Are
The Twelve Days of Christmas
What Child is This

Alasdair's Prices

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£170
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£240
Military, Film / TV music, Folk, Ceillidh, Country, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Marching, Scottish music, Light music, Christmas, Ceilidh, Noise music
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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