The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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War or Peace

Thanks to Peter McCalister for this article on War or Peace, or Cogadh no Sith to give it the Gaelic title.  There are many different versions reflecting that it was popular and widespread.  Tempo of Piobaireachd over the years is always interesting.  It first appears in Joseph MacDonald's treati...

Patron’s Fund gift to Piobaireachd Society

The Piobaireachd Society is very grateful to have received £2500 from the Patron's Fund. This fund was set up to benefit charities of whom The Queen is Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.  The gift will be used to extend funding of our bursary which gives young pipers without easy acc...

Lacrimae – A new Piobaireachd

Janette Montague has composed a new Piobaireachd called Lacrimae. She is arranging for a video recording of it to be made, featuring Willie McCallum and Jim MacGillvray, with Craig Muirhead on keyboard. She is keen to attract funding to do this, and details are available here  Contributions are ...

David Murray

David Murray, President of the Piobaireachd Society from 1982-1988, has died aged 95. David was a first class player with an extensive knowledge of piping, pipers and pipe music.  He was devoted to piobaireachd and he worked tirelessly for the Society.  He was proud to have played The Unjust In...

 

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.