Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational


Callum Beaumont

Matt MacIsaac

Faye Henderson

Callum Beaumont and Matt MacIsaac in Concert!
Special Guest MC: Faye Henderson

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm
The Historic Troy Music Hall
The Troy Savings Bank Building
30 Second Street
Troy, New York 12180


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Join us for an exceptional evening of music by Callum Beaumont, from Dollar, Scotland, and Matt MacIsaac, from Cape Breton and Ontario. Callum is one of the premier solo competitors in the world, with an astonishing list of achievements, including winning his 4th Clasp at the 2019 Northern Meeting. He is an instructor for the Dollar Academy Pipe Band, one of the world’s most accomplished school pipe bands. Matt is an extraordinary musician, recording artist, and solo piper. His concerts and recordings have included bagpipes, whistles, banjo, guitar, and percussion—as a solo artist, or with Natalie MacMaster or other Celtic groups. Matt’s solo piping achievements include winning the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) in 2019 and the Highland Society of London Silver Medal at Oban in 1998. He has just begun a position as piping instructor for the St. Andrews College Pipe Band in Aurora, Ontario.

Featured MC: Faye Henderson from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Faye was the first woman in history to be awarded the Highland Society of London Gold Medal, winning at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2010 at the age of 18, on her first attempt.

The concert will be hosted by the Nicol-Brown committee and the Talcott Mountain Highlanders as a benefit for a special project. Proceeds from the tickets will go toward a fund for digitizing Donald Lindsay’s library of recordings of Bob Brown, Bob Nicol, and other piping authorities, and for maintaining an archival Web site for this important material. The 2019 Nicol-Brown competitors will be introduced at the concert and will be given their tune submissions for the following day. Save the date, and tell your friends!

If you have questions about the concert, please email Sean Moran: or speak to Jim Feeney.


The Trophies

Bring all the piping fans you know! Admission is free at the Nicol-Brown Contest on October 12, and at the Master Class on October 13, thanks to the EUSPBA and other generous sponsors and volunteers. Your donations are always welcome!

The 2019 Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 9:30 am to 6:30 pm - ish
First Reformed Church of Scotia
224 N. Ballston Avenue (Route 50)
Scotia, New York 12302


Judges for the 2019 Nicol-Brown Contest:

Callum Beaumont from Dollar, Scotland;
Faye Henderson from Edinburgh, Scotland;
Matt MacIsaac from Nova Scotia and Ontario, Canada.


The finest Amateur pipers from across North America have earned invitations to play in an elite solo 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, the Masters of Piobaireachd.

The 2019 Nicol-Brown program is here!
(With thanks to Kevin Wisehart for allowing us to reuse many of his graphics.)


The 2019 Results are posted here.


For more information about the Nicol-Brown, contact Barb McCarthy:
tel: 518-321-5597

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hilton Garden Inn
800 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, New York 12211

8:00 dinner by reservation ($25.00)

Master Class

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Hilton Garden Inn
800 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, New York 12211


What is a Master Class?

Doesn’t this sound like a good way to learn?

Nicol-Brown competitors were given the privilege of receiving instruction from Callum Beaumont, Faye Henderson, and Matt MacIsaac. Pipers at all levels were invited to attend the Master Class and learn from the suggestions given to each competitor. Topics included musical expression, technique, and improving performances toward the professional level.

Email Paula Glendinning: if you would like information on upcoming Master Classes.

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