The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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Conference 2019 report

Piobaireachd Society stalwarts and MacCrimmons Gold producers Our move from Birnam to the National Piping Centre was a success. An audience of 50-60 attended during the day and those who stayed for dinner enjoyed a premiere of a new composition, a Victorian piobaireachd, a drinking tune from the...

Digital download of Piobaireachd Society books 1-16, Kilberry, Sidelights

Piobaireachd Society books 1-16, Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor, and Sidelights to the Kilberry Book are now available to buy directly from this website. They can be downloaded to all devices here, and by using the Shop button on the top menu bar Paper copies of the books can be bought from the NPC...

APC Guide to Pibroch

Produced by Altpibroch Club, this ebook is billed as the first complete guide to the earliest pibroch scores.  An opening sentence of " Piobaireachd is not what it has been described to you as a piper",  and a series of rules summarised by  "If you cannot sing it, you cannot play it" set the tone...

Campbell Canntaireachd tunes not in Piobaireachd Society books

Of the 168 tunes in the Campbell Cantaireachd, 45 do not appear in Piobaireachd Society books 1-16. Recordings and staff notation scores of these tunes have now been added to the this website.  The scores are from the book "Pipers Meeting" by Patrick Molard and Jack Taylor.  The scores and some...

Piobaireachd on Radio

Pipeline  March for a Beginner from Joseph MacDonald's Complete Theory, War or Peace (Peter McCallister), Battle of Waterloo (Robert Wallace), Waking of the Bridegroom (Patrick Molard), MacKay's Memoirs - Lament for Mary MacLeod (Martyn Bennett) Spaidsearachd Bharrach MacArthur MacGregor Setting (M...

Archie Kenneth Quaich Results 2019

L-R Stuart Letford, Gill Cairns, Tom Peterkin, Andrew Park, John Forbes. The Archie Kenneth Quaich 2019 26 pipers played at this ever-popular amateur piobaireachd contest, including pipers who travelled from Singapore, North America, Switzerla...

2019 AGM, Conference Programme and Newsletter

The AGM of the Piobaireachd Society will be held in the National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 OHW on Saturday 23nd March at 1.15pm. 2019 AGM Agenda 2018 AGM Minutes 2019 Conference Schedule Piobaireachd Society Newsletter February 2019 ...

 

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.