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 ...

Piobaireachd Society Bursary 2018

Applications are invited for the 2018 Piobaireachd Society Bursary The bursary aims to encourage young pipers who do not have easy access to a piobaireachd teacher to learn piobaireachd. Previous successful candidates were very positive about their experience of a week of expert tuition focusin...

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 seven hundred years ago, pipers began to develop it 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’).

Piobaireachd is unique to this instrument. It cannot be successfully reproduced on any other. (The name piobaireachd is literally ‘piping’ in Gaelic.)

This classical pipe music consists of a theme, known as the ground, or in Gaelic the urlar (‘oorlar’), and variations on this theme.

The theme can express joy, sadness, or sometimes, in the ‘gathering’ tunes, a peremptory warning or call to arms.

Variations on the theme usually progress to the ‘crunluath’ variation, where the piper’s fingers give a dazzling technical display of embellishments or gracenotes.

The Piobaireachd Society was founded in 1901 to encourage the playing teaching and study of this music.