The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

Archie Kenneth Quiach 2015

THE ARCHIE KENNETH QUAICH COMPETITION The twenty-third annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 7th March 2015, in the rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers' Society, 127 Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh, starting at 10am. Entries and enqui...

Set Tune Notes 2014

Here are the set tune notes from the judges' seminar where the 2nd half of each set tune list was discussed.   Notes on 2014 Senior Tunes  Notes on 2014 Gold Medal Tunes Notes on 2014 Silver Medal Tunes   ...

John MacDonald’s Prelude

Thanks to Paula Glendinning for the recording and score of this, one of the few compositions of John MacDonald of Inverness. He is understood to have used this as a tuning prelude before performing one of the bigger pieces that had predominance of the high G. Nothing is known of the source from ...

Conference report 2014

Another successful conference was held March 22/23 in Birnam Hotel.  An excellent venue  - fine weather, beautiful surroundings, near to the heart of Piobaireachd history with the MacGregor's Glenlyon and John MacIntyre's Rannoch just up the road.  And local fiddler Neil Gow was being celebrated ...

 

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.