The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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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...

Judges Notes 2018 Senior tunes

The notes from the recent judges seminar on the 2018 senior set tunes are on each tune page, under set tunes, and below.  These have been compiled by Hugh Jameison. Thank you to the pipers who gave permission for the recordings of some of these tunes - Good Heath to You Donald (Iain Speirs), Sal...

Set Tunes 2019

THE PIOBAIREACHD SOCIETY SET TUNES FOR 2019 The Piobaireachd Society recommends the following lists of tunes for competitions in 2019 A. SENIOR COMPETITIONS The Finger Lock PS 1, K The Bells of Perth PS 2, K Donald Gruamach's March PS 2, K Scarce of Fishing PS 3, K The Daughter's Lament...

 

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.