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Chris Gray - Piper & Pianist

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Chris Gray is a Scottish Piper, Pianist, Whistle Player Composer & Tutor based in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Chris Gray is one of Scotland’s most sought-after multi-instrumentalists. Originally from Lockerbie in the South West of Scotland, Chris is a piper, pianist, whistle player, composer and teacher of great versatility. Chris has been performing at a range of events including weddings, festivals, funerals, corporate events and more for over 15 years. Performance highlights include festivals in Wickham (England), Ortigueira (Spain), Lorient (France), and solo piano at Blair Castle (Scotland) for Keepers of the Quaich banquets. Chris has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival live on BBC Radio Scotland Pipeline with his trio, and as part of the backing band both with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and Inveraray & District Pipe Band. He has also piped with Inveraray & District Pipe Band, and with them has won the 2017 World Pipe Band Championships as well as the Scottish, British & European Championships. Chris performed solo and alongside the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at the Basel International Tattoo 2019 (Switzerland). Outside of playing traditional music, Chris has also performed in the world of musical theatre, playing keys for The Wedding Singer production at Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow in March 2019. As a composer and arranger, Chris’ work has included arranging music for the Fraser Shaw Trust, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and a Royal Air Force performance for HM The Queen & The Royal Family. His arrangement of ‘MacKintosh’s Lament’ for piano, strings and vocals has reached audiences worldwide and was included in Eddi Reader’s programme on Scala Radio, exploring links between classical and folk music. In November 2021 Chris’ released his first collection of music, ‘Chris Gray’s Contemporary Tunes from Scotland’. The tune book is the culmination of years of composing, and the tunes are reflective of his strong upbringing with traditional music. Chris continues to take new strides in his composing and arranging, harvesting a continued love for all things music. In January 2020, at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Chris released his self-titled debut album. It features all original compositions, rooted in the tradition of folk music, arranged for a multi-instrumental ensemble. Chris was a 2021 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year semi-finalist, and received a MMus Scottish Music Degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was also one of the Pipers of the Scottish Session Orchestra that recorded for Hans Zimmer’s Dune film soundtrack. Chris’ playing is hugely influenced by his time spent listening to and playing folk music from a young age. During his time at the RCS, Chris studied traditional and classical music with acclaimed Irish pianist Mary McCarthy. In 2018, Chris spent a semester at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, experiencing a new influence of rich Swedish folk culture whilst simultaneously studying with jazz/folk piano maestro Arne Forsén. In May 2019, Chris released an EP with Swedish fiddler and singer Kristina Leesik – the result being a fusion of their shared passion for both Celtic and Scandinavian folk music. Kristina & Chris performed a sold out show in Stockholm for the EP release. As well as having performed internationally in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia and Oman, Chris is in high demand as a teacher. In addition to his own tuition both in-person and online, he has held positions as a piano instructor at Riverside Music College in Glasgow (Scotland), and as a piping instructor at the renowned Scots College in Sydney (Australia). During his time in Australia, Chris performed at numerous folk clubs and at the Parliament of New South Wales.

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Genres:
Traditional Scottish folk, Classical, Folk, Ceilidh, Jazz, Traditional Irish folk, Folk rock, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Covers, Pop, Christmas, Traditional church music, 1990s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, Blues, Ragtime, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Marching, Originals, Rock, World music
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Event types:
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, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

Bagpipes:
Scotland the Brave
Highland Cathedral
Amazing Grace
Mairi's Wedding
Loch Lomond
The Dark Island
Skye Boat Song
Flower of Scotland
Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
I love a Lassie
Stop Your Tickling Jock
Mist Covered Mountains
Going Home
Leaving Home
Hector the Hero
Auld Lang Syne
Mull of Kintyre
Flowers of the Forest
A Man's a man for a' that
Happy Birthday
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
The Black Bear
Hielan' Laddie
Morag of Dunvegan
Green Hills of Tyrol
The Battle's O'er
Bonnie Galloway
The Rowan Tree
The Water is Wide
She Moved through the Fair
High Road to Gairloch
We're No Awa' Tae Bide Awa'
Flett from Flotta
Loch Ruan
Lochanside
Flett from Flotta
Castle Dangerous
Battle of Waterloo
Wings
Kilworth Hills
Murdo's Wedding
Bonnie Dundee
Brown Haired Maiden
Loch Rannoch
Sine Bhan
Paddy's Leather Breeches
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Rory MacLeod
Kenny Gillies of Portnalong Skye
The Banjo Breakdown
The Curlew
Morag of Dunvegan
The Gael
Farewell to Govan
Dawning of the Day
The Atholl Highlanders
The Glendaruel Highlanders
Farewell to the Creeks
Leaving Port Askaig
Dalnahassaig
Susan MacLeod
Highland Wedding
Barren Rocks of Aden
Hills of Argyll
Fear a Bhata
La Boum
The Battle of the Somme
The Heights of Dargai
Loch Rannoch
Piano:
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
The River Flows in You (Yiruma)
I Giorni (Ludivico Einaudi)
Primavera (Ludivico Einaudi)
Nuvole Bianche (Ludovico Einaudi)
Clocks (Coldplay)
The Scientist (Coldplay)
Comptine d'un autre été: l'après midi (Amélie)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Pirates of the Carribean
Ae Fond Kiss (Robert Burns)
My Love is like a red, red rose (Robert Burns)
Caledonia
Wild Mountain Thyme
Loch Lomond
Swear it Again (Westlife)
Memory (from Cats the Musical)
Your Song (Elton John)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
Hey Jude
Imagine
Hallelujah
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Home (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
Where do you go to my lovely (Peter Sarstedt)
Wonderwall
Girls Like You (Maroon 5)
Love Story – Taylor Swift
All of me – John Legend
Bridge over Troubled Water
Can you Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John)
Shallow (A Star is Born)
Despacito
Edelweiss (Sound of Music)
Autumn Leaves
The Final Countdown
Für Elise
Bach Prelude & Fugue in D Major
Maple Leaf Rag
Time (Inception)
Harry Potter Theme
Eastenders theme Tune
Margaret's Waltz
Christmas
Silent Night
We Wish you a Merry Christmas
Jingle Bells
Good King Wenceslas
In the Bleak Midwinter
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
O Come All Ye Faithful
Happy Birthday
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
For any songs you would like played that are not on this list, just get in touch!
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

- Entertaining - Professional - Tailored to the event

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow The Usher Hall, Edinburgh The Hallenstadion, Zürich, Oran Mor, Glasgow Blair Castle Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh Wedding Venues: Lodge on Loch Lomond The Cruin, Loch Lomond Citation, Glasgow House for an Art Lover, Glasgow Springkell, Eaglesfield The Den at Culross Trades Hall of Glasgow

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

- Piping for Her Majesty the Queen and The Royal Family - Wickham Festival (England) - Ortigueira Festival (Spain) - Lorient Festival (France) - Solo piano at Blair Castle (Scotland) for Keepers of the Quaich banquets - Edinburgh Festival live on BBC Radio Scotland Pipeline

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If there are slight changes to timings after booking please just get in touch. I will always try to be as flexible as possible to make sure your event runs smoothly.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I don't currently offer DJ services.

How much time do you need to set up?

If piping at your event, usually 30 mins before the performance time to just tune the instrument and warm up. For piano, typically 1 hours if the venue doesn't have a suitable piano and I will be setting up my own electric keyboard.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My set list has a huge range of different songs and styles to suit the occasion. As well as the songs noted I am more than happy to discuss specific choices to tailor to your event!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes - I bring all equipment needed to perform. Depending on whether the venue has a suitable piano or not, I will bring my own electric keyboard and amp.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes certainly! If a song isn't included in my repertoire list there is still a possibility I will know it. If you have a special song in mind just get in touch and I will be happy to learn this for your event.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£185
Up to 3 hours£210
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Reviews

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Aileen M
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Chris was wonderful and helped make my Mums 88th birthday special, despite her dementia she sang along to all the songs and having both bagpipes and piano was perfect . I would happily recommend Chris and book him again , he was the perfect choice for me ! Thanks so much you were the star of the show 😊🙏

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Emma M
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Chris is a very talented piper!! Such professionalism; from our first conversation with him on the phone to arrange song requests and confirm timings, to hearing him play on our big day! Chris is very friendly and it was an absolute pleasure to have him as our piper for our wedding day! Highly recommend booking Chris - we already had a pianist booked however would of had him play both pipes and piano! Thank you again Chris! The new Mr & Mrs Pacitti, Andrew and Emma 😄

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Josephine P
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Having Chris to pipe music at my dad’s funeral was a lovely touch. He was prompt, professional and played beautifully to our chosen songs. Would highly recommend and would definitely hire him again.

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Gillian T
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Fantastic pianist. Would definitely use again. Thanks so much Chris. 😊

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Ilett C
2 months ago, for a Wedding in Kenmore
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5 out of 5

Chris played for us at our wedding recently and was the consummate professional in every respect. Nothing was too much trouble and he delivered a superb musical accompaniment which gave our ceremony an extra dimension and a true flavour of Scotland. If you require a piper, Chris is your man!

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Rosie H
3 months ago, for a Wedding in Laggan
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5 out of 5

THANK YOU for your brilliant piping at our wedding on Saturday. I could hear you from the bridal room while I was getting ready and it sounded absolutely amazing! And having you pipe us for the recessional really made it so special.

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