The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen


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.


1) Iain Speirs - In Praise of Morag

Annual Conference

21/22 March 2015 Birnam Hotel, Birnam

Day rate.£30 including coffee/lunch/tea
Day rate including Banquet/Ceilidh.£58 per person

The hotel is now fully booked. Those wishing accommodation should arrange this themselves.

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

- Donald MacPherson Master Musician - John Shone
- Musical examples by Iain Speirs
- Highland Piping from 1775 to 1850; A period of change - Keith Sanger
- A look at some new books - Robert Wallace
- Tunes from book 16
- Discussion on modern Piobaireachds - Allan Hamilton