The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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Set Tunes 2019

THE PIOBAIREACHD SOCIETY SET TUNES FOR 2019 The Piobaireachd Society recommends the following lists of tunes for competitions in 2019 A. SENIOR COMPETITIONS The Finger Lock PS 1, K The Bells of Perth PS 2, K Donald Gruamach's March PS 2, K Scarce of Fishing PS 3, K The Daughter's Lament...

Annual Newsletter 2018

The Society continues to flourish, although, as with Piobaireachd itself, things can move slowly.  And isn't that one of Piobaireachd's attractions in todays frenetic world? The long lingering notes, the slow pulsing rythm, the blend of chanter and drone - who needs mindfulness? But things do ha...

Piobaireachd Society Bursary 2018

Applications are invited for the 2018 Piobaireachd Society Bursary The bursary aims to encourage young pipers who do not have easy access to a piobaireachd teacher to learn piobaireachd. Previous successful candidates were very positive about their experience of a week of expert tuition focusin...

Piobaireachd on Radio

Pipeline  The Field of Gold (Willie MacCallum) MacDonald of Clanranald's Gathering (Stuart Gaudin), Lady Margaret MacDonald's Salute (Peter McCalister), Earl of Ross's March (Iain Speirs), Big Spree (Willie MacCallum),Nameless, A Lament - Angus MacArthur,  Lament for the Earl of Antrim ground ...

Annual Conference 2018 report

This was our 46th conference.  The presentations were thoughtful, polished, enthusiastic and at times contentious, but the debate was perhaps less vigourous than of yore.  Have a look at the report of our very first conference, at Minard Castle in 1972, to see what it was like then. There were ...

Archie Kenneth 2018 report

This was a smaller contest than previous due to severe snow on the day and the two days before. We had 25 pipers initially on the list and on the day 13 appeared. Those included pipers from the USA, Germany, and the frozen West of Scotland. A lot of effort was made to attend in these difficult circu...

 

Welcome

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.