The Piobaireachd Society
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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...

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.  ...

 

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.