The Piobaireachd Society
The Society was formed in 1903 to encourage the study and playing of piobaireachd, the classical music of the Highland bagpipe. It has collected the available piobaireachd manuscripts and from these and the knowledge of the existing experts and players published 15 books with tunes written in staff notation accompanied by notes on the sources. The Society also publishes the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor by Archibald Campbell – a collection of 112 of the better-known tunes. There are notes, separately published as Sidelights and Further Sidelights that tell of Kilberry’s own famous teachers and what they taught him. The Society has published a book of modern piobaireachd and more recently new editions of important works such as Joseph MacDonald’s Treatise (1994), The MacArthur MacGregor Manuscript (2001 and in conjunction with the John MacFadyen Trust) and the Donald MacDonald books (2006 & 2011). Publication of these books has helped the Society fulfill its main aim. In addition to this the Society has now developed a comprehensive website, with sound files, manuscripts, new music, photographs and other information all designed to encourage the understanding and playing of this music.
Membership of the Piobaireachd Society is open to all those who have an interest in this music. If you’d like to join please Click Here . For UK residents the Society asks that prospective members consider paying their subscriptions by Direct Debit as this cuts down on administration. Please click on the link below to download a form. It should be completed and sent to: Hon. Sec. Mr William Wotherspoon, The Piobaireachd Society, c/o The College of Piping, 16 -24 Otago Street, Glasgow G12 8JH. UK taxpayers are also asked to consider filling in a Gift Aid form as this allows the Society to benefit from reclaimed tax. Click the link below to download the form. It too should be completed and sent to the above address.