The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

Conference 2011 Report

Conference Report 2011 It was another good conference by all accounts with a good mix of talk and tunes.  It might have been subtitled MacDonald as there was much reference to John and Donald. The COP lecture was given on Friday evening by Piobaireachd Society President Jack Taylor who talked...

General Thomason Event

Event to mark 100 years since the death of General Charles Thomason. General Charles Thomason, compiler of "Ceol Mor", the largest ever single collection of Piobaireachd died on 12 July 1911. On Tuesday 12 July 2011 the Piobaireachd Society has arranged an event to mark 100th anniversary of h...

Donald MacDonald

Donald MacDonald Volume 2 Manuscript (1826)

The Piobaireachd Society is pleased to announce the publication of Donald MacDonald's Collection of Piobaireachd Volume 2, manuscript (1826), by Roderick Cannon and Keith Sanger.  It is available price £30 from the Piping Centre and the College of Piping. Volume 1, Donald MacDonald's book of Pio...

General Thomason Centenary

A successful event was held on 12 July in Inverallan Cemetery Grantown on Spey to mark 100 years since the death of General Charles Thomason.  General Thomason was the author of the biggest ever collection of Piobaireachd, Ceol Mor, published in 1900. It was the first collection to lay out piobaire...

 

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.