Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational


Special Event for 2013 sponsored by the Capital District Celtic Cultural Association!

Patrick Molard in Concert

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Patrick Molard from Maël-Carhaix, Brittany will be performing Scottish and Breton music on the Highland Bagpipes and the biniou.

Celtic Hall
430 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205

Tickets at the door: $10


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

Judges’ Recital

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:00 pm

An evening of piping by Patrick Molard from Maël-Carhaix, Brittany, and Gold Medallist, Andrew Hayes from Ottawa, Ontario.

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 judges.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
10 N. Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

The 2013 Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 9:30 am to 7:00 pm


Ten of the finest Amateur pipers from across North America were 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.

Judges for the 2013 Nicol-Brown Contest:
Patrick Molard from Maël-Carhaix, Brittany: Winner of the MacAllan Trophy in Lorient in 1980, 1981, and 1982, and the Champion of Brittany three times for bombarde and biniou-playing. Patrick is a lifelong student and teacher of Piobaireachd, beginning his studies with Jakez Pincet, Bob Brown and Bob Nicol.
Andrew Hayes from Ottawa, Ontario: Gold Medallist at the Northern Meeting in 2010, among a long list of solo piping prizes. He was a competitor at the Nicol-Brown contest in 1990 and 1991, and returns this year for the first time as a judge. Andrew is Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band.
June Hanley from Warminster, Pennsylvania: EUSPBA Music Board Chair and member of the Ulster Scottish Pipe Band. June won the Nicol-Brown Chalice in 1986.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
10 N. Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203 

For more info, contact Barb McCarthy: 518-682-2814

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Holiday Inn at 205 Wolf Road, Albany 12205
7:30 private cash bar with an assortment of beverages
8:30 dinner by reservation

Please contact Heather Scott-Wisehart if you would like to join us next year for dinner.

Master Class

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Celtic Hall
430 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205


Nicol-Brown competitors will be given the privilege of receiving instruction from judges Patrick Molard, and June Hanley, 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. Please register if you’d like to sit in on this class.
Contact Maureen Connor: 518-374-6034
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