Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational

Admission is free at all piping events during the Nicol-Brown weekend, thanks to the EUSPBA and other generous sponsors and volunteers. Your donations of cash or prizes are always welcome! We are happy to designate your gift with a dedication in honor or in memory of someone. Please let us know if you would like us to add a link or a dedication to your sponsorship listing for 2015 or 2016.

Benefit Concert by Callum Beaumont

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
21 Hackett Blvd.
Albany, NY 12208

An evening of piping by Gold Medallist and Two-time Clasp Winner, Callum Beaumont, from Linlithgow, Scotland.

The recital will be a benefit for the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Competition, and a welcoming reception for the competitors. The competitors will be introduced, and will receive their tune selections from the judge.

The 2015 Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
21 Hackett Blvd.
Albany, NY 12208

2015 Results to be announced.

Ten of the finest Amateur pipers from across North America will be invited to play in an elite invitational contest with three events: 6/8 Marches, Piobaireachd and MSR. The contest is dedicated annually to the memory of Robert U. Brown and Robert B. Nicol.

Judge for the 2015 Nicol-Brown Contest
Callum Beaumont, from Linlithgow, Scotland: Gold Medallist at Oban in 2011; Gold Medallist at the Northern Meeting in 2013; Winner of the Clasp at the Northern Meeting in 2012 AND 2015; as well as many other important solo piping prizes. In pipe bands, Callum has played with the Grade 1 Lothian & Borders Police, Shotts & Dykehead, Simon Fraser University, and Inveraray & District. He competed with Shotts when they won the World Pipe Band Championship in 2005, and with SFU when they won the World’s in 2008 and 2009. He is currently an instructor for the Dollar Academy Pipe Band, winners of the 2015 Juvenile World Pipe Band Championships, 2015 Juvenile Champion of Champions, and 2015 Novice Juvenile Champion of Champions.

For more info about the Nicol-Brown, contact Barb McCarthy.
tel: 518-682-2814

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Holiday Inn at 205 Wolf Road, Albany 12205

Our private room opens at 7:30 pm.
8:00 dinner by reservation ($25.00)

If you'd like to join us for dinner, please email Heather Scott-Wisehart to see if space is available and to arrange for payment. Space is limited, so the earlier you talk to Heather, the better.

Optional Drop-In Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary
217 Wolf Road, Albany 12205

Master Class

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Celtic Hall
430 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205


What is a Master Class?

Doesn't this sound like a great way to learn?

Nicol-Brown competitors will be given the privilege of receiving instruction from Callum Beaumont, and pipers at all levels are encouraged to observe the Master Class and benefit from hearing Callum's advice to each piper. Topics will include musical expression, technique, and improving performances toward the professional level.
Contact Maureen Connor: 518-374-6034
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