The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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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.  ...

Archie Kenneth Quaich Entries

THE ARCHIE KENNETH QUAICH COMPETITION The twenty-fifth annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 4th March 2017, in the rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers' Society, 127 Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh, starting at 10am. Entries and enq...

 

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.