The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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Archie Kenneth Competition 2011 results

Archie Kenneth Quaich Competition 5/3/11 [caption id="attachment_5199" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="2011 Archie Kenneth Winner Tom Peterkin with John Frater Alan Forbes and James Kenny"][/caption] 1st Tom Peterkin MacLeod of Raasay's Salute 2nd John Frater The Kings Taxes 3rd Alan Fo...

Annual Newsletter 2011

Newsletter January 2011 Welcome to the annual newsletter for members of the Piobaireachd Society. The most visited area on our website is Set Tunes. This shows the continuing importance, like it or not, of competition in Piobaireachd. Competitions need to be judged and one of the Society’s r...

Annual Conference 2011

Annual Conference 2011 The annual conference will be held in Fisher’s Hotel Pitlochry on the weekend of 26/27 March, NOT the weekend of 19/20 March as previously advertised. The conference begins at 0930am on Saturday and finishes at lunchtime on Sunday. The cost of attending the conference and...

Centenary of Army Class

The Piobaireachd Society started the first Army piping class on 15 October 2010 with John MacDonald of Inverness as the first instructor. Almost to the day, 100 years later, on 16 October 2010, a "Piobaireachd for Pleasure" open afternoon was held at the Army School of Piping in Inchdrewer House ...

 

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.