The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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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...

Years of Piobaireachd in the Braemar Corner

"Years of Piobaireachd in the Braemar Corner"  composed by Jakez Pincet is a tribute to his lessons from Bob Brown at Balmoral which began after " a disasterous performance of MacCrimmon's Sweetheart at Braemar in 1967". Thanks to Jakez for allowing us to publish it on our website....

 

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.