Bagpiper

Hattie McCall Davies

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About Hattie

Bagpiper
London
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Piper available for your special event in London, Kent, and the South.

Harriet McCall Davies is a piper and cellist based in London and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she was the recipient of the Sir John Barbirolli and Peter Halling Memorial Prizes during her studies. She now juggles a busy freelance career performing, teaching, writing, and broadcasting. When it comes to piping Hattie is a versatile musician experienced both in the worlds of the marching pipe band and as a solo piper. She regularly plays, and parades with the Rose and Thistle Pipe band and has toured Europe with them most recently to Ypres and Cologne. As a cellist under the tuition of Felix Schmidt, whilst at the RAM Harriet received masterclasses from Sung-Won Yang, Colin Carr and Mario Brunello and performed regularly with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra under the batons of some of the world’s leading conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Sir Colin Davis, Edward Gardner, Semyon Bychkov, Jac van Steen, and Thierry Fischer. Actively involved in music education Hattie is a recipient of The Diana Award and was nominated for a Times Educational Supplement Award.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Military, Classical, Folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Ceillidh, Marching, Scottish music, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Early music, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Traditional Irish folk, Easy listening, Light music, World music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Burns night, 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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist
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Song list

Scotland the Brave
The Rowan Tree
Bonnie Gallowa’
The Old Rustic Bridge
My Land
Calon Lan
Bells of Dunblane
Pipe Major Donald MacLean of Lewis
Paddy’s Leather Breaches
Battle of the Somme
The Heights of Dargai
The Barren Rocks of Aden
Mairi’s Wedding
Heilan Laddie
The Brown Haired Maiden
We’re Nae Awa’ Tae Bide Awa’
The Cockney Jocks
The Green Hills of Tyrol
The Battle’s O’er
Lochanside
Cock o’ the North
A Hundred Pipers
The Mucking o’ Georgie’s Byre
The Steamboat
Crags of Tumbledown Mountain
Falkland Palace
Balmoral
Castle Dangerous
Murdoch wedding
Wings
Loch Ruan
The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
Flower of Scotland
Amazing Grace
Highland Cathedral
Skye Boat Song
Dark Island
Black Bear
Caller Herrin
The 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry Crossing the Rhine
Farewell to the Creeks
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know and we can discuss what is possible.

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

Unfortunately not as this is not normally appropriate for the kinds of events that I usually play at as a bagpiper!

How much time do you need to set up?

I prefer to arrive about an hour before the performance time - this is to allow time to change into full dress uniform as well as to tune my pipes. It is worth noting that tuning the pipes is noisy and may ruin any sense of surprise dependent on your venue - if this is an issue I am more than happy to discuss solutions to this beforehand!

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

I am experienced in picking appropriate tunes for the events in question and tailoring set lists to timings and situations however I am always happy to discuss the music with you and to take specific requests!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes absolutely! I bring my own pipes (no amplification required trust me!) as well as full dress uniform if it is requested.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a tune isn't included in my set list there may still be a chance I already know it so always ask!. If there is a specific tune you'd like me to learn I am usually happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal time.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The special sound (and volume!) of the pipes and the unique splendour that piping brings to your event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in hotels, restaurants, churches, crematoriums, and private venues as well as outside at festivals, military events and remembrance parades.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Roderick MacLeod, William McCallum, Kathryn Tickell, Jon Boden, Bellowhead, Levert, Bruce Springsteen, Jacqueline du Pre...

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

All of them! It doesn't matter the profile of the event - every gig, ceremony, event, or performance is just as important to the people involved and special as the next. That being said I have performed in front of royalty, at the Cannes Film Festival, and in the Cologne Carnival Rose Monday Parade...so I'm well used to dealingwhatever you might throw at me!

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250
Packages
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15
Available services
Learning a specifically requested new tune
+£30

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Jasmine W, 1 year ago

We hired Hattie to play our Burns Night dinner and she was fantastic. She created several set lists to fit in with the schedule for the evening, and was very helpful and accommodating throughout the whole planning process. I would highly recommend Hattie to anyone looking for a piper for any event.

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Will R, 4 months ago

"The band, the Piper and of course the address were all amazing!! I have also recommended you to our deputy head of senior school who will be holding a personal event here and would like to book you."