The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

Archie Kenneth Quaich Results 2019

L-R Stuart Letford, Gill Cairns, Tom Peterkin, Andrew Park, John Forbes. The Archie Kenneth Quaich 2019 26 pipers played at this ever-popular amateur piobaireachd contest, including pipers who travelled from Singapore, North America, Switzerla...

2019 AGM, Conference Programme and Newsletter

The AGM of the Piobaireachd Society will be held in the National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 OHW on Saturday 23nd March at 1.15pm. 2019 AGM Agenda 2018 AGM Minutes 2019 Conference Schedule Piobaireachd Society Newsletter February 2019 ...

Digital download of Piobaireachd Society books 1-16, Kilberry, Sidelights

Piobaireachd Society books 1-16, Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor, and Sidelights to the Kilberry Book are now available to buy directly from this website. They can be downloaded to all devices here, and by using the Shop button on the top menu bar Paper copies of the books can be bought from the NPC...

APC Guide to Pibroch

Produced by the Altpibroch Club, this ebook is billed as the first complete guide to the earliest pibroch scores (though the PS website lists them all).  An opening sentence of, 'Piobaireachd is not what it has been described to you as a piper', and a series of rules summarised by 'if you cannot s...

 

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.