The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

Annual Conference 2016

The annual conference will be held in Birnam Hotel Dunkeld 18-20 March.

  • David Hester The Alt Pibroch Club: Re-extending the tradition to recover our idiom.
  • Simon Chadwick Clarsach Ceol Mor.
  • Colin MacLellan The Piobaireachd compositions of John MacLellan
  • There will also be a demonstration of the 2016 Set Tunes.
Day Rate (including coffee/tea/lunch) £35 (Saturday only)
Day Rate (including banquet/ceilidh) £60
All inclusive room rate Single occupancy £170
All inclusive room rate 2 sharing £135/person

For further information contact
Walter Gray, Pinewood, Ancaster Road, Crieff PH7 4AL,

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Cheques to:
Hon. Treasurer
Ancaster Road
Crieff PH7 4AL


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When the Highlands and Islands of Scotland adopted the bagpipe, perhaps some six hundred years ago, they began to develop the instrument and its music to suit their needs and tastes.

What emerged was the instrument we know today as the Great Highland Bagpipe, and a form of music, piobaireachd (pronounced Pee-broch), which is unique to the instrument.  The music consists of a theme (ground) and variations on this theme.  The theme can express joy, sadness, or sometimes in the “gathering” tunes , a peremptory warning or call to arms.

The theme is developed in a series of variations, which usually progress to the “crunluath” variation, where the piper’s fingers give a dazzling technical display of embellishment or gracenotes.

The Piobaireachd Society was founded in 1901 to encourage the playing teaching and study of this music.