Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational

Admission is free at all events during the Nicol-Brown weekend, thanks to the EUSPBA and other generous sponsors and volunteers. Your donations are always welcome!

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 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 many other important solo piping prizes. Callum has played with the Grade 1 Lothian & Borders Police, Shotts & Dykehead, Simon Fraser University, and Inveraray & District Pipe Bands. He is currently an instructor for the Dollar Academy Pipe Band.

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


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. Topics will include musical expression, technique, and improving performances toward the professional level.
Contact Maureen Connor: 518-374-6034
or email: