The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

New Compositions

We are restarting our "New Compositions" section.  If you have a new composition you would like to display please send it to us in a PDF preferably.  A good quality MP3 can also be accepted....

Unpublished Campbell Canntaireachd Tunes played by Patrick Molard

Four unpublished tunes from the Campbell Canntaireachd were played by Patrick Molard at the Piobaireachd Society Conference in 2012.  Members can hear three of these - A Glas  Nameless 16 V1  and White Wedder Black Tail  and see the other presentations at the Conference. Next year's confer...

Conference Report 2012

Annual Conference Report 2012 The annual conference was held in the Birnam hotel on 24/25 March. This proved a successful venue – easy transport links, excellent comfort and service, and a splendid conference hall with a high arched ceiling making for a first class pipe acoustic. And pipes were h...

Archie Kenneth Results

The results of the Archie Kenneth Quaich which took place in the Royal Scottish Piper's Society Rooms on 3rd March 2012 are as follows 1. John Frater                The Old Men of the Shells 2. Tom Peterkin             Salute to Donald 3. Eric McKimmon     ...

 

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.