Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational


A 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 performed 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 was a benefit for the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Competition, and a welcoming reception for the competitors. The competitors were introduced, and received 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

2013 Results

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 

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

Master Class

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


Nicol-Brown competitors were given the privilege of receiving instruction from judges Patrick Molard and June Hanley, and pipers at all levels were encouraged to observe the Master Class. Topics included musical expression, technique, and improving performances toward the professional level.
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