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Mary’s Praise – Alternative Settings

Mary's Praise is set for the Gold Medals this year. It has been written in many different ways other than how it appears in Piobaireachd Society book and the Kilberry book.  Peter McCalister looks at some of these here....

Updated Index of Piobaireachd Society books

Thank you to Doug Macrae of Scott's Highland Services for providing this updated index of the Piobaireachd Society books to include book 16 Piobaireachd Index books 1-16  ...

Conference 2016 Report

Keeping Piobaireachd Alive was a thread running through this enjoyable weekend. Donald MacLeod kept Piobaireachd alive by composing and teaching. His pupil John Wilson, delivering the College of Piping lecture, talked of how Donald had said to him, aged 10, that he would be "searching the fibres ...

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...

 

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.