Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational

Admission is always 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 Willie McCallum

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 7:00 pm

An evening of piping by Willie McCallum from Bearsden, Scotland, one of the world's leaders in competitive piping. Among other great achievements, Willie has qualified for the Glenfiddich Championship 25 times in a row, and has won it eight times.

The recital was 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 30th Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

2012 Results

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.

Willie McCallum from Glasgow, Scotland; Nancy Tunnicliffe from Lanesboro, Massachusetts; and Paula Glendinning from Ashton, Maryland judged the 2012 contests.

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

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

Celebration Dinner

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

Celtic Hall
430 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205


Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 10:00 am to noon

Nicol-Brown competitors were given the privilege of receiving instruction from the judges with the aim of improving their performances toward the professional level. Pipers at all levels were encouraged to observe the master class. Topics included musical expression, technique, and improving musicianship. Please register if you’d like to sit in on this class next year.
Contact Maureen Connor: