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!

Solo Piping Recital by Angus MacColl

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm

This is an exceptional opportunity to hear a concert by Angus MacColl (Benderloch, Scotland), one of the finest pipers in the world. The evening will be a benefit for the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Competition, and a welcoming reception for the competitors.

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

The 2010 Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

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

Angus MacColl from Benderloch, Scotland judged the 2010 contests.

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

For more info, contact Barb McCarthy: 518-632-5982

Master Class and Lessons

The Invermark Piping Studio
91 Puckertoot Road
Petersburgh, NY 12138


Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Nicol-Brown competitors were given the privilege of receiving instruction from Angus MacColl and Donald Lindsay, and the public was invited to observe the master class. Topics included musical expression, technique, and improving musicianship toward the professional level of piping.

Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Advanced pipers: Sign up for private or group lessons with Angus MacColl

To register for the Master Class or for a lesson with Angus MacColl, contact Maureen Connor: 518-374-6034 or

Piping Workshops with Angus MacColl

The Celtic Hall
430 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205


Monday, October 11, 2010

Group classes with Angus MacColl were available on Monday morning, and were sponsored by the Northeast Branch of EUSPBA.
9:00 am 2/4 Marches
11:00 am Piobaireachd

To register for one or both classes, contact Maureen Connor: 518-374-6034 or