Burns Events

“You delivered the best Immortal. Memory I have ever heard. You have a wonderful voice and a great manner of delivering your speech. The emotion was just right and heartfelt I was overwhelmed by it.”
Jane Brown, then President, the Robert Burns World Wide Federation.

“I’m delighted that he is here.  He has got wit and style and stature and it has been a delight, Len, to have had you in this position this evening.”
Scotland’s then First Minister Jack McConnell on West Sound Radio.

“I am writing to pass on my personal thanks for your splendid delivery of the Immortal Memory during the Scottish Parliament’s Burns Supper..  It was always my intention to use the Parliament’s Burns Supper to showcase the best of Scottish talent to both national and international guests and your knowledge of Burns and Scottish history certainly helped to achieve this. Once again many thanks for making the Parliament’s Burns Supper such a successful and memorable night.”
Alex. Fergusson. MSP, then Presiding Officer, the Scottish Parliament.

“I have attended many Burns Suppers where Len Murray has been a speaker but never before when he has chaired the event.  I thought he was outstanding in this role and the authority of his style of chairmanship coupled with his encyclopaedic knowledge of the works of Burns held everyone’s attention throughout the evening.  It was a masterly performance and he brilliantly linked the speakers, musicians, singers and performers with an effortless continuity.”
Sir William Rae, then Chief Constable Strathclyde Police.

“I am writing to thank you for your fantastic contribution to my Burns Supper.  Your Immortal Memory was a masterpiece – intelligent and articulate with many fascinating and stimulating insights into the life of Burns.  I know that everyone enjoyed your contribution immensely.”
The Rt Hon the Lord Provost of Glasgow.

“I have received so many favourable comments from those who attended, such as “best ever!” and “spell-binding speaker” and “great evening”, that I am quite confident that the evening was a great success. To have the rapt attention of 800 men after they’ve enjoyed a four course dinner with wine and free bottles of Glenmorangie is no mean feat. But you accomplished it just as though it were an everyday occurrence.”
Jim Hope-Ross, First Vice President, Calgary Burns Club, Alberta, Canada.

“A fabulous Immortal Memory by Len Murray.”
Albert G Bisset, President, St Andrew’s Society of New York

Thank you for an outstanding Immortal Memory last night. I had many members come up and congratulate us on a superb evening with a particularly interesting & memorable Immortal Memory. It will be hard to top that next year.
Carole Ann Coventry, Vice Chieftain, the Singapore St Andrew’s Society

“Delighted to hear Len Murray’s galvanising toast to the Immortal Memory.  What a speech!”
Mrs Amelia Willmer, Perth, Western Australia

“Thanks for delivering such a quality Immortal Memory.”
William G Lawson, President, Calgary Burns Club.

“You held the audience, and it was standing room only, in the palm of your hand.     You could have heard a pin drop as you delivered your address to this audience of not only the Scottish community of South Australia but also the international students of the University of Adelaide. They were spell bound as you delivered your message with a wonderful combination of both passion and dedication”
Rosemary McKay, Vice-President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, SA, Executive Member: Scottish Associations of South Australia, Director:  Royal Caledonian Society of South Australia, Director: Robert Burns Society of the Pacific Rim

“You were a star and left quite a mark on our little town!”
Glen Benroth, Community Services Manager, Corangamite Shire, Victoria, Australia.

“Len has been visiting Australia to attend several Burns functions and his Immortal Memory was one of the best I’ve ever heard.”
Trevor Powell, Adelaide, Australia.

“For the Club your Immortal Memory was and will be the highlight of the year.”
Colin Harris, Secretary, Winnipeg Burns Club.

“On behalf of the Calgary Burns Club, many thanks and congratulations on a magnificent Immortal Memory; it left a real impression on all in attendance.”
Paul Kane, President, Calgary Burns Club.

“A master at work.”
Anne McMillan, the Singapore St. Andrew’s Society.

“I write to thank you most sincerely for travelling all the way to Butterstone and proposing the Immortal Memory at the 18th Butterstone Burns Supper last Saturday evening.  It was an outstanding Immortal Memory and quite the best that I have ever heard as a tribute to the Bard.  As you know a number of the audience expressed their appreciation to you on the night and at the gathering in my house after the Supper.  I have had others calling me today and coming to the house to express their appreciation.  The constant theme was the passion with which you delivered a tremendous expanse of knowledge in a clear, concise and most interesting manner.  From the shepherds and farm workers to the accountants and business people in the audience they gave you rapt attention and were greatly enriched by your oratory.”
Steve Mannion, former Assistant Chief Constable, Strathclyde Police, Former Assistant Chief Constable Scottish Area Commander, British Transport Police.

“What can I say? Well I’ll repeat some of the things I nodded my head to when people were saying them to me – “I could listen to Len forever”, “It’s the way he leans in to you, you’re just eager for more”, “I learnt so much, and yet was thoroughly entertained”, “Stunning”. Seriously, huge thanks for your contribution; I enjoyed knowing there was such a safe, professional pair of hands or gravelly voice beside me!”
Guy Norfolk, President, Society of Scottish Lawyers in London.

“And what a night it was; brilliant, unbelievable, best I’ve ever been at; I could listen to him all night.  Just a few of the positive comments we heard……..Len had the audience eating out of his hand – an unforgettable speech.”
Andrew Cooper, Mauchline Burns Club.

“Opinion was unanimous that your thoughtful and sparkling Immortal Memory set the tone for the evening and was the highlight of a night to remember.”
David Smith, Hon Secretary the Burns Howff Club

Just wanted to thank you for last night! You were absolutely wonderful and the feedback has been brilliant!”
Pamela Mundt, UK Enterprise Executive Consultant to Microsoft UK Ltd

I have attended Burns Suppers for 40 years now and have listened to many good speakers. I must admit you are at the top of the tree, the best I have heard in all of this time. With your depth of voice, delivery skills and timing, you could have held the audience in the palm of your hand even if you were only reading out the telephone directory. Many thanks Len, it was a pleasure to meet you and a joy to listen too.”
Andrew Welsh, Bathgate Golf Club

“It was genuinely, the most memorable, engaging Immortal Memory I have ever heard.”
Raymond O’Hare, Director, Microsoft Scotland.

“Your Immortal Memory was superb and lived up to all expectations. The feedback was fantastic.”
Gerard Graham, Captain, Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club

“Your Immortal Memory was the best that I have ever heard.”
Alan McGuiggan, General Manager, Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh.

“Manjinder and I are enormously grateful for your contribution to the success of the event on Friday.  Your Immortal Memory was excellent and I know that my guests from South of the Border were completely captivated by the story of Burns.”
Linsay Given Black, Organiser, Glasgow’s Annual Tartan & Turbans Burns Supper

 “A note of thanks for your excellent contribution to our dinner on Friday. Everybody enjoyed the evening which will go down in the annals.”
Angus Matheson, Gryffe Valley Rotary Club.

 “So many superlatives and such an enjoyable evening…where to begin!  It was an enormous pleasure to have heard one of your orations on the life of Robert Burns. Tom said the best he’d ever heard and we all support that.”
Johnny Martin, Hon. Secretary, Wheatsheaf Burns Club No. 930, Falkirk.

“I am writing to express our immense gratitude for the masterful and eloquent way in which you proposed the Immortal Memory.  The feedback has been truly outstanding.”
Inspector Willie Ramsay, Chairman Ayr Police Burns Supper

Brilliant “Immortal Memory” at Cupar on Friday night – thoroughly deserved and long standing ovation – rarely seen.. Thank you sir – such an inspiration for all Patriots and Burnsians.
Dougie Abercrombie, Committee member. Cupar Burns Club.

“I have attended [Ayr Police] Burns Supper for over 20 years and witnessed many very fine speakers but you topped the lot. Neither have I heard such a wonderful ovation, so I am not alone in that assessment.”
David Seawright, Retired Police Officers Association Scotland.

“My congratulations and many, many thanks for delivering a superb, amusing, interesting and informative Immortal Memory yesterday evening. We have received many very complimentary comments about the evening in general, but particularly about your truly excellent Immortal Memory.”
Jim Wylie, Consultant, Milne, Craig & Co, Chartered Accountants, Paisley.

 After-Dinners

“Thank you so much for your superb after dinner entertainment at the EI Dinner last Thursday.  The overall feedback has been fantastic and your contribution was greatly appreciated.
Suzanne Robertson, Director, Mearns & Gill, Aberdeen.  

You were absolutely brilliant on Friday night.”
Paul Cooney, Managing Director Scotland, Global Radio.

“Thank you very much for your wonderful performance as after-dinner speaker on 8th March and your reputation was strongly upheld..  Superb indeed!”
Anne M B Currie, President, Scottish Medico-Legal Society

“You were absolutely brilliant, very very funny and they thoroughly enjoyed your speech and company. Apparently the Chief Minister [of Guernsey] kept wiping his eyes with his napkin he found you so funny and he stayed until 11.45 pm which is rare as he usually dashes off at 11 pm but the event was so good, he stayed on. What can I say but a big thank you and look forward to working with you again soon.”
Ian Walker, Prime Performers, London.

“You turned a very dull “after dinner” into an absolute hoot.  Someone on our table had heard you speak somewhere before and promised us you were worth the wait and he was absolutely right – there was barely a dry eye and a side that wasn’t splitting.  Would definitely recommend you and hope I am lucky enough to be in one of your audiences in the future.”
Tracy Cross, Solicitor, Warwickshire Law Society.

“Your after dinner speech was one of the best we have had and you pitched it perfectly to our audience.”
Charlotte Siviter, Events Project Manager, RoSPA, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

“Len Murray addressed our annual dinner and stole the show with a classy and impeccably timed oration….a truly talented pleader ….the case for the defence is well and truly proven beyond reasonable doubt!”
Gregor Kelly, Vice President, Society of Advocates in Aberdeen

“I wish to thank you again for your hilarious performance on Friday which helped to cap a very good night.  It was an absolute pleasure meeting you and being in your company for the evening.   I shall be singing your praises.”
Billy Williamson CA, President, Glasgow Eastern Merchants’ Traders Society

“Just a note to thank you for suggesting Len Murray for our event yesterday. He was wonderful – a lovely man and an excellent presentation – which was very well received by the entire audience.”
Corrinne Weatherup, Event-Ful Consultancy, Belfast

It is always such a pleasure to hear you speak, I never tire of listening to you.”
Lesley Fraser-Taylor, Charity Manager, Radio Forth.

“I should like to thank you very much for providing us with a superb speech at this year’s Dinner.”
Dominic Wheatley, Chairman, Guernsey International Insurance Association, Guernsey.

“Len Murray certainly lived up to his reputation.  He had us reaching for our napkins to wipe the tears of laughter away”
The Perth Guildryman

“No disrespect to X or Y [previous speakers] but Len was perfect and just added that special ‘something’ to the night.”
Graeme Waddell, Business Director, Rolls Royce Ltd.

“Lots of great feedback for you this morning – everyone seems to have thoroughly enjoyed your view on life – and thank you so much for such an entertaining half an hour!”
Alan Higgins, Secretary, The Energy Institute, Aberdeen.

“I really can’t thank you enough for your presence and presentation yesterday. What a response I received from the members! A major, major success!”
Bill Rodger, President, East Kilbride Probus Club.

“This evening went extremely well and Len was superb and was very well received. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.”
Derek Millar, Insurance Institute of Guernsey.

“Your own contribution was magnificent.”
Rev. John Harris, Bearsden Cross Church.

“Your hilarious speech went down a storm. The feedback from our members has been tremendous.”
Iain Monk, Scottish Civil Service Club

“You were absolutely fabulous and from the texts and messages received it is clear everyone was of the same opinion.”
Elizabeth J W Mackinnon, President, Society of Advocates in Aberdeen.

“Thank you so much for entertaining us all so wonderfully yesterday – you contributed a huge amount to the success of the afternoon.”
Elspeth Campbell, Fundraising Manager, JCS, Glasgow

“On behalf of the Newton Mearns Cancer Research committee I would like to thank you very, very much for coming to speak to us on Sunday.  You were an absolute delight and the girls so enjoyed meeting you.  We so appreciate you came to help us! Thank you for taking the trouble and for entertaining us so beautifully!”
Heather Moorhead, Newton Mearns Cancer Research Committee

“A very sincere thank you for your excellent and memorable toast and it was a night the Cottars will remember.  Many commented on the quality of your oratory, a diminishing art.  Many thanks for giving us the benefit of it.”                                                Raymond Jack, The Cottars