The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

Reverend Norman MacLeod’s Lament

Thanks to Colin MacLellan for this recording of Captain John MacLellan playing Reverend Norman MacLeod's Lament which is one of the 2017 Silver Medal tunes. The tune will be discussed at a seminar this Sunday 20th November 1pm UK time, livestreamed from the National Piping Centre.  ...

Archie Kenneth Quaich Entries

THE ARCHIE KENNETH QUAICH COMPETITION The twenty-fifth annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 4th March 2017, in the rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers' Society, 127 Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh, starting at 10am. Entries and enq...

 

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.