The BC Highland Games Open Pìobaireachd Competition
This is the highest level of piping competition and takes place the night before the BC Highland Games officially opens.Some of the best pro players from the Pacific Northwest are competing in this classical form of highland bagpipe "big" music.
Join us for an evening of Ceol Mor (the big music) in the Highland Pavilion at Percy Parry Stadium. Come in your kilts and tartans to enjoy the atmosphere of the Highlands of Scotland with other piping aficionados.
When: Friday night June 16, 2017 Starting at 5:00 pm
Where: Highland Pavilion, Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam
Admission: $5.00 Buy your tickets online
What is Piobaireachd?
Piobaireachd, pronounced "pea-brock", is the classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe and for which the highest awards in the bagpiping competitions world are given.
Piobaireachd is an art music genre unique to the Great Highland Bagpipe that consists of a theme or “ground,” which is repeated and underlined in a series of variations of increasing complexity that follow the theme. This usually progresses to the crunluath variation, where the piper’s fingers give a dazzling technical display of embellishment or gracenotes.
The theme is often very slow, and the general effect of the whole piece of music is slow – slowness being a characteristic of Highland music. They are anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes in length and present the performer with technical, musical and tonal challenges to address to give a high quality performance.