The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen


Archie Kenneth Quaich Results

Archie Kenneth Quaich 2015 The 23rd annual Archie Kenneth Quaich competition for amateur piobaireachd players was held in the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 7 March.   The competition is sponsored by the Piobaireachd Society.   The Archie Kenneth Quaich was won,...

Notice of AGM Sunday 22 March

Notification is given to all members of the Piobaireachd Society that the 2015 Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 22 March during the Annual Conference at the Birnam Hotel, Dunkeld.  Please let the secretary know of any items for the agenda of the AGM.   The minutes of the 2014 AGM ...

More electronic PS books

The Piobaireachd Society books 4 and 5 are now available for iDevices and android devices via the College of Piping bookstore app.  Well worth a look.  Some great tunes, great recordings, and instant access to sources. £9.99 per book, surely a bargain.  Adds to books 1-3, and book 9.  Books 6 a...

Modern tunes set for Bratach 2015

The Scottish Piping Society of London have announced a list of tunes composed in the past 100 years for the Bratach Gorm in 2015.  This is as follows: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - 'The Bratach Gorm' 2015 The Scottish Piping Society of London is pleased to announce a revised format for the 'Bratach Go...



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.