The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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Annual Conference 2018 report and full proceedings

This was our 46th conference. Full proceedings including videos are available for members here The presentations were thoughtful, polished, enthusiastic and at times contentious, but the debate was perhaps less vigorous than of yore.  Have a look at the report of our very first conference, a...

Piobaireachd on Radio

Pipeline  Lord Lovat's Lament to V1 (Nick Hudson), Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute (Angus MacColl), MacKay’s Banner (D MacDonald) and Lament for Mary MacLeod (Willie MacCallum) Crunluath  Lament for Mary MacLeod (Hugh MacCallum)Lament for the Children (Gavin Stoddart)Lament for Hugh (Finl...

War or Peace

In response to several enquiries about War or Peace as set this year for the Gold Medal competitions, with the Gesto setting recommended, the following note has been added to the tune page D movements in ground  The D movements are timed differently in the various scores. Any of these timings...

New Compositions

New compositions by Janette Montague and Matt Turnbull have been added. Janette's tune is called Mo Chridhe and includes Barluath movements.  It is played here by Callum Beumont. Matt's tune is called Under the Apricot Tree and can be heard here. This, together with the recent announcement...

Judges Notes 2018 Senior tunes

The notes from the recent judges seminar on the 2018 senior set tunes are on each tune page, under set tunes, and below.  These have been compiled by Hugh Jameison. Thank you to the pipers who gave permission for the recordings of some of these tunes - Good Heath to You Donald (Iain Speirs), Sal...

 

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.