The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

Piobaireachd Society books 1-3 now online for members

The Piobaireachd Society scores from books 1-3 have now been placed on each tune page for Piobaireachd Society members. Battle of Auldearn 1, Battle of Auldearn 2, Battle of the Bridge of Perth, Battle of the Pass of Crieff, Battle of Waternish, Bells of Perth, Big Spree, Black Donald's March, Bli...

St Cecilia’s Hall Concert Videos

The videos from the Society's concert in St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh, on 12th August 2018 features A Flame of Wrath for Squinting Patrick played by Ian K MacDonald - from 3.57 to 11.36, Beloved Scotland (Glenn Brown) 11.36 - 22.10, Cabar Feidh gu Brath (Jamie Forrester) 22.10 - 33.50, Phantom Piper...

War or Peace

In response to several enquiries about War or Peace as set this year for the Gold Medal competitions, with the Gesto setting recommended, the following note has been added to the tune page D movements in ground  The D movements are timed differently in the various scores. Any of these timings...

New Compositions

New compositions by Janette Montague and Matt Turnbull have been added. Janette's tune is called Mo Chridhe and includes Barluath movements.  It is played here by Callum Beumont. Matt's tune is called Under the Apricot Tree and can be heard here. This, together with the recent announcement...

 

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.