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

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...

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...

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...

 

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.