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Theodore Barclay

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About Theodore

A versatile and experienced bagpiper with a repertoire of tunes to suit any occasion.

I started playing the bagpipes at age 12 at school and have since gained a huge amount of experience at number of private and public events including the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (and its now annual tour to Sydney in 2019), as well as functions and dinners at Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh and The Royal Scots Club. On top of this, I have experience perfoming at miliary dinners, weddings, funerals and all other sorts of parties! I can recite all verses of the address to the Haggis, and am experienced in providing advice on all forms of piping entertainment. Please do get in touch with me to tailor your experience!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Marching, Scottish music, Military, Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Burns night, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Scotland The Brave
Highland Cathedral
Amazing Grace
Flower of Scotland
The Green Hills of Tyrol
When the Battle's o'er
Flowers of the Forest
A man's a man for a' that
The Rowan Tree
Colin's Cattle
Highland Wedding
The piper of Drummond
Cock o' the North
Highland Laddie
Farewell to the Creeks
The Balmoral Highlanders
Campbells Farewell to Redcastle
Bonnie Dundee
Glasgow City Police Pipers
(This list is not at all exhaustive, and serves as a representation of my repertoire, please get in touch for a more complete list!)
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I hope my bagpiping! My clients also love the tailor made experience I provide for all events. I am adaptable and versatile and my experience in high pressure performace situations has set me up for all playing eventualities!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at numerous private and public venues including Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, The Royal Scots Club, The ANZ Olympic Stadium in Sydney and The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh. As well as a huge number of churches, parties and gatherings.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I play the pipes in the traditional Scottish Military style, and am as a result influenced by great pipers of old, as well as some contemporary competing pipers

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

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Sydney in front of 250,000 spectators respectively!

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

So long as you provide me with 1 working day's notice I am very happy to provide time changes within reason

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


How much time do you need to set up?

I need roughly 20 minutes setup time in advance of the performance in order to tune the bagpipes properly for the performance

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

Of course! My set list is not exhaustive and I have numerous other tunes in my repertoire. Please do get in touch with me if you have particular tune requests. Alternatively, if you have no tune preference, I am happy to tailor my set to your event type!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to learn tunes in advance of your event if you have any special requests. There is a fee of £30 for this as learning tunes can take some time!


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)£50
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£300


From customers:

Anonymous, 4 years ago

We were pleased to have Theodore at our Burn's Night dinner, his playing and Haggis address were brilliant

Anonymous, 3 years ago

Theodore played at our anniversary party and really helped to make the day special; I would highly recommend him!