Finlay enjoys being part of music sessions whether it is for live or a recording project. Every experience is very different and varied, always providing an opportunity to think creatively, with an emphasis of keeping ideas fresh. It forces us as musicians to engage with the sound and musicians around you intensely, especially as they are often one off without or with very little rehearsal.
Finlay’s background as a classical trained trumpet player has given him the foundation and interest to try and explore other music genres and styles. The discipline of learning as a classical musician has given him the tools to study the characteristics, nuances and musical language of jazz, pop and world music. Each experience keeps the challenge of playing the trumpet musically interesting and there is never not an opportunity to keep learning from listening to others both within ones own discipline and from others.