About

Finlay Hetherington is a Scottish trumpet and flugelhorn player based in Edinburgh.

Early Years …

At age 10 Finlay knew the trumpet was the instrument for him after hearing a cassette recording of the world renowned American trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis.  Finlay later studied trumpet at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh before further studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University under the tutelage of  John Miller and the late John McMurray.Performing …

Over the last 15 years Finlay ‘s musical portfolio has been diverse, working with orchestras, theatre shows and small ensembles, as well as diversifying as a trumpet player in other genres including, jazz and world music to providing the horn lines for several singer songwriters to working with rock and pop artists.

Finlay’s extensive performing experience has taken him not only all over Scotland and throughout the UK but also internationally, across Europe, Asia and the USA.   As well as being a very able collaborator, Finlay is founding director and trumpeter of the Scottish brass quintet, Brass Tracks.   Finlay also formed Albaccord – a trumpet and accordion duo in 2014.

In recent years Finlay has enjoyed being part of a number of commercial studio recordings.  He has worked as a trumpet player and arranger on film and television from BBC and Channel 4 productions to contributing as a session musician on Bollywood and feature film soundtracks.

Teaching and coaching …

As a dedicated educator, Finlay is a member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.  He has a vast amount of experience working in one to one sessions and as a musical workshop leader, to coaching and tutoring trumpet and brass ensembles.  Since 2004 Finlay has taught trumpet at St Mary’s Music School to numerous other schools for Edinburgh City Council.  He has also guest lectured at Mansfield University, Pennsylvania, USA.  Finlay has recently joined Edinburgh College as their lecturer in trumpet and is a board member of The Edinburgh Youth Orchestra.