The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 annual conference will be held in the National Piping Centre on Saturday 23rd March. There will be an informal ceilidh in the Pipers Tryst on Friday evening 22nd March. The conference will conclude with a dinner in the National Piping Centre on Saturday evening.

A preferential rate for room booking per night of £109.00 per room single occupancy £119.00 per room double occupancy for the nights of 22nd and 23rd March has been obtained at the Holiday Inn, Glasgow, Theatreland, 161 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RL - www.higlasgow.com. This hotel is just across the road from the Piping Centre. Delegates should book directly with the hotel, quoting DOCTORS, Reservation Office working hours, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Telephone 0141 352 8300 / Email reservations@higlasgow.com.

The conference rate including dinner is £55; day rate including lunch, teas and coffees £35.

Programme

  • New evidence about the Old Competitions – talk by Jack Taylor with tunes by Iain Speirs and John Dew. Featuring a replica Donald MacDonald bagpipe, and tunes selected from the 1844 list.
  • My piping life and times – panel discussion led by Gary West.
  • MacCrimmons’ Gold – a film premier.
  • Dinner

For further information contact Roderick Livingstone, Treasurer:
Email: roddy66@gmx.com
Telephone: 07801 014885

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News

New Recordings

Thanks to those who sent in the following recordings which are a valuable addition to our collection. Aged Warrior's Sorrow - Patrick Molard A' Ghlas Campbell Canntaireachd Vol 1 tune 49 - Patrick Molard Black Wedder's White Tail - Bob Low Boat Tune - John Bottomley Castle Menzies - B...

Years of Piobaireachd in the Braemar Corner

"Years of Piobaireachd in the Braemar Corner"  composed by Jakez Pincet is a tribute to his lessons from Bob Brown at Balmoral which began after " a disasterous performance of MacCrimmon's Sweetheart at Braemar in 1967". Thanks to Jakez for allowing us to publish it on our website....

Recordings wanted

We would like to have recordings of as much of the Piobaireachd Repertoire as possible. If you have, or would like like to make, a good quality recording of any of the tunes below and are willing to have it displayed on the PS website, please send it to us.  We cannot display recordings which are c...

Melbank’s Salute

Thanks to Gregor Speirs for this recording of  his broadcast of Melbank's Salute....

 

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.