The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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Princes Salute – Alternative settings

Thanks to Peter McCalister for sending this article on the different ways The Princes Salute has been written and played.  It is the first of a series, the aim being to encourage players to look beyond the standard printed scores. It is available only to Piobaireachd Society members who should ...

Record Entry for Archie Kenneth Quaich 2016

The 24th annual Archie Kenneth Quaich competition for amateur piobaireachd players was held in the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society's rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 5 March.   The competition is sponsored by the Piobaireachd Society as one of their ways of encouraging the wider playing and appreciat...

Massacres in Paris 2015

Jakez Pincet has composed this piece to commemorate the Paris Terrorist Massacres in 2015....

New Recordings

Thanks to those who sent in the following recordings which are a valuable addition to our collection. Aged Warrior's Sorrow - Patrick Molard A' Ghlas Campbell Canntaireachd Vol 1 tune 49 - Patrick Molard Black Wedder's White Tail - Bob Low Boat Tune - John Bottomley Castle Menzies - B...

 

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.