Brass Tracks / brass quintet
Brass Tracks was formed in 2013 by Edinburgh trumpeters Finlay Hetherington and John Sampson. Members come from varied musical backgrounds including theatre, orchestral, chamber music and brass band. Since the forming of Brass Tracks, the group has performed at several interesting venues such as Glasgow Central Station (as part of Virgin Trains’ Live at Central concert series), led the ceremony for Fife Sports Awards and performed at the Metrocentre in Gateshead.
Brass Tracks also feature in a number of live and studio recordings, from BBC One’s prime-time drama, Rillington Place to an album by the artist Fish (the former front man of the British rock band Marillion). Over the last year Brass Tracks have performed successful concerts at music societies across Scotland, including; Dunfermline, Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Torphichen and Arran. Brass Tracks enjoyed returning to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – now in its 70th year.
Finlay Hetherington / trumpet
Finlay trained at both Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music studying trumpet under John Miller and the late John McMurray. In 2005 he completed a postgraduate degree in music education at Edinburgh University and has since worked as a musician and educator across the UK, Far East and USA. Over the last few years Finlay has composed and arranged numerous works for solo trumpet and brass ensemble, including improvisations for an award-winning feature film soundtrack, producing music for BBC education at the Edinburgh Fringe, arranging music for BBC One’s Rillington Place and he has been commissioned to write several bespoke fanfares, including celebrating the switching on of Edinburgh’s West End Christmas lights and a centenary birthday in Iowa, USA. Finlay remains dedicated to music education and coaching groups and was the first musical director for the Edinburgh Military Wives’ Choir, worked at St Mary’s Music School as a trumpet and brass chamber music tutor and is a brass teacher in a number of Edinburgh City Schools.
John Sampson / trumpet
John studied at Napier College in the 1970s and has two diplomas in trumpet. As a freelance player his television credits include six series of ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, ‘The Baldy Man’, ‘The Big Picnic’, ‘Border Warfare’, ‘John Brown’s Body, ‘The Satire of the Fourth Estaite’ and the South Bank Show. He was composer and musical director on numerous BBC radio plays including the five episode adaptation of the Bride of Lammermuir . He has performed in nearly every theatre in Scotland from Wick to Berwick. He has also completed more than thirty tours of Europe from 1985 – 2000 with ‘Scarlatti’s Birthday Party’ performing in many top concert halls and theatres. As a session player he has performed across many different genres from folk music to reggae and is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians. For the last 14 years he has collaborated with the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and toured extensively in the UK and also in UAE, Europe and New Zealand.
Fiona McLean/ trombone
Born in Edinburgh, Fiona began playing the trombone at the age of 12. After leaving school, she gained 2 teaching diplomas from the London College of Music while studying at Stevenson College in Edinburgh. In 2005, Fiona graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a BMus Honours Degree on tenor and alto trombone. In 2006 Fiona completed a MMus on bass trombone and in 2007 became a Guildhall Artist by undertaking a Masters in Musical Performance while her brass quintet ‘Brass Spectrum’ studied as ensemble in residence. Fiona’s freelance work spans from early music through jazz, including orchestral, theatre and soul band work. Since returning to Edinburgh in 2011 Fiona maintains a busy freelance career while having a keen interest in orchestration and arranging. She has a particular passion for chamber music and is the founder of Castle Brass – a large chamber brass ensemble based in Edinburgh. Fiona currently works as a brass instructor for the City of Edinburgh Council and is the trombone specialist for Napier University and Edinburgh College.
Robert Newth/ french horn
Robert is in the second year of his MMus at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he has been successful in auditions for apprenticeship schemes with both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which whom he recently made his professional debut. His other orchestral experience includes playing principal horn with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and touring the Netherlands with the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra. A keen chamber musician, Robert is also the horn player for wind quintet Prismatic Winds, who recently became Live Music Now artists. He was a guest performer on rock band Mogwai’s most recent album, and has extensive musical theatre experience including credits in London’s West End, UK tours, the Edinburgh Fringe and for the National Theatre of Scotland. Robert also works as an organist, sound designer, and is an award-winning screen composer.
Robert Fraser / tuba
Originally from Penicuik south of Edinburgh, Robert started playing a brass instrument at the age of 12. In 2003 Robert Studied at Stevenson College Edinburgh before going on to gain a Bachelor of Education in Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Since graduating in 2008 Robert has held posts as a Brass instructor in Glasgow, Aberdeenshire and West Lothian and currently works for South Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire Councils as a music instructor. As a conductor Robert has directed many ensembles in his career including Whitburn Heartlands to the 4th section Scottish Championship title in 2015 and then on to conduct the same band at the National finals later that year. As a Tuba player Robert has played with Whitburn Band since January 2004 where he has played at National and European events in London, Amsterdam, Belgium and France. Robert joined ‘Brass Tracks’ in the summer of 2015.
6.30pm, Monday 13 August 2018, St Mark’s, Edinburgh
7pm, Saturday 21 April 2018, Hawick Tower Mill Theatre
7.30pm, Tuesday 20 March 2018, Corran Halls, Oban (guests of Oban Bach Choir and Orchestra)
7.30pm, Sunday 18 March 2018, St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington (guests of the Garleton Singers)
7.30pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh (guests of the Garleton Singers)
Saturday 9 December 2017, 45 Commando Royal Marine’s Christmas Ball, in Arbroath
Sunday, 3 December 2017 with Edinburgh Bach Choir.
8.30pm – 9.30pm, Wednesday 9 August 2017, St Mark’s Edinburgh
1:10pm – 2pm, Thursday 3 August 2017, St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh
7pm, Sunday 30 April 2017, Torphichen Summer Nights
7:30pm, Sunday 19 March 2017, Newton Stewart Cinema Theatre
7:30pm, Sunday 12 March 2017, Dunfermline Arts Guild, Carnegie Hall Annexe
7:30pm, Saturday 15 October 2016, Isle of Arran Music Society
12 noon – 1pm, Thursday 13 October 2016, Greyfriars’ Kirk, Edinburgh
1:10pm – 2pm, Thursday 25 August 2016, St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh
9 – 10pm, Friday 20 May 2016, Ross Priory, Gartocharn
7.30pm, Friday 6 November 2015, Stranraer Ryan Centre
1pm, Saturday, 2 May 2015, Renfield St Stephen’s , Glasgow