Edinburgh piper brings care home residents to tears with nostalgic Scottish melodies.

Care home residents have been treated to a performance of traditional Scottish tunes – played for them by a lone piper.

Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 12:30 pm

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The musical visit from Matt McKelvie was organised by staff at Mansfield Care's Pine Villa in Loanhead, after posting a notice on social media.

Playing traditional Scottish melodies such as ‘Scotland the Brave’ and ‘Highland Cathedral’ and other instantly recognisable standards, Matt is now returning for his second performance as a result of high demand from residents for more of the same.

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Bagpiper Matt McKelvie performing for residents

Matt started private lessons at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming at Redford Barracks when he was just eight years old. His early passion for music was ignited by his grandfather who was an Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders drum major and has been a leading role model and inspiration, guiding Matt along.

He said: “I saw that Pine Villa was looking for a musician on social media and thought playing the bagpipes for care home residents sounded great.

“As things are getting back to normal and people start to socialise more, I think events like these are so important, as they brighten up residents’ days and they get to enjoy something a bit different from their usual routine.

"It was a lovely event, everyone really enjoyed themselves. Residents were dancing away and laughing, it was great. One of the residents used to be a minister for the Church of Scotland, so he asked me to play ‘Amazing Grace’ for him. It was truly heart-warming seeing his face light up when he heard the song.”

Matt performing for residents Charles and Sandra

He added: “The best part for me was the way I made the residents feel, seeing them enjoy my playing truly makes me happy. I mainly have been playing at weddings and funerals, but after visiting Pine Villa, I am hoping that will change soon and I can play at a broader variety of events and celebrations"

Denise Williams, manager at Pine Villa, said: “Our residents had an amazing time listening to Matt and it was a delight to see them enjoying themselves and are looking forward to having him play again.”

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