Brass Tracks / brass quintet
Brass Tracks formed in 2013 and have since established themselves as one of Scotland’s premier brass quintets, performing unusual and varied repertoire across the country in interesting venues such as Glasgow Central Station and the MetroCentre, Gateshead. Making regular appearances at music societies, Brass Tracks have recently performed successful concerts in Dunfermline, Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Torphichen and in Lamlash on the island of Arran. The group has led the ceremony for the Fire Sports Awards and in 2016 was featured on the prime-time BBC1 drama ‘Rillington Place’. Upcoming engagements include return appearances at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Brass Tracks was formed as a brass quintet in May of 2013 by trumpeters Finlay Hetherington and John Sampson. They are joined by Robert Newth on french horn, Fiona Lund on trombone and Robert Fraser on tuba. Members come from varied musical backgrounds including theatre, orchestral and chamber music. Based throughout the central belt of Scotland, Brass Tracks meet regularly to learn and rehearse an ever-growing repertoire of music. Since the forming of Brass Tracks, the group has performed at various interesting venues including Glasgow Central Station, as part of Virgin Trains’ Live at Central concert series. They have recorded on a new album by Fish, who was the former front man of Marillion, they led the ceremony for Fife Sports Awards and performed at Edinburgh’s 2014 Festival Fringe.
Finlay Hetherington / trumpet
Finlay trained at both Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music as a classical trumpeter, furthering his studies at Edinburgh University as a postgraduate in music education. Since settling in Edinburgh in 2005, Finlay has worked as a freelance musician throughout the UK, Far East and America, combining a career in both performance and education. Over the last three years Finlay has composed and performed bespoke works for unaccompanied trumpet and flügelhorn and in 2013 gave his debut performance via Skype to an audience in Ohio, USA. Alongside teaching, performing and composing, Finlay also conducts and was the first musical director for the Edinburgh Military Wives’ Choir. Finlay is a founding member of Brass Tracks and is developing a programme of old and new Scottish Music for this ensemble. He has worked as a trumpet tutor and chamber music coach at St Mary’s Music School since 2004.
John Sampson / trumpet
John studied at Napier College in the 1970s and has two diplomas in trumpet. As a freelance player he played on the soundtracks of ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, ‘The Baldy Man’ and numerous radio plays for the BBC as composer and musical director. Theatre and television credits include ‘The Big Picnic’, ‘Border Warfare’, ‘John Brown’s Body’ and ‘The Satire of the Fourth Estaite’. He has completed more than thirty tours of Europe from 1985 – 2000 with ‘Scarlatti’s Birthday Party’ performing in many top concert halls and theatres. Over the last eleven years he has collaborated with Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate and toured extensively. Last year he was nominated for a Cats award for his solo trumpet music for A Taste of Honey, at the Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre.
Fiona Lund / trombone
Born in Edinburgh Fiona began playing the trombone at the age of 12. After leaving school she gained 2 teaching diplomas from Stevenson College, Edinburgh and in 2005 Fiona graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a BMus Hons Degree on tenor and alto trombone. In 2006 she completed a MMus on bass trombone and in 2007 became a Guildhall Artist by undertaking a Masters in Musical Performance whilst her brass quintet, Brass Spectrum studied as ensemble in residence. During her time at the Guildhall she studied with Eric Crees (Principal trombone, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, composer and arranger), Simon Wills (freelance trombonist, arranger and composer), John Kenny (freelance trombonist specialising in contemporary music and composer) and Keith McNicoll (Principal bass trombone, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden). Fiona’s freelance work spans from early music through to jazz including West End and function band work. In 2011 Fiona returned to Edinburgh and in addition to maintaining a busy freelance career, Fiona has a keen interest in orchestration and arranging and a particular passion for chamber music. She currently works as a brass teacher for Loretto School, teaches trombone at Edinburgh College and privately, and regularly coaches and directs various ensembles.
Robert Newth/ french horn
Robert graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014 and enjoys a varied freelance career including chamber, orchestral and education work. He is the horn player for wind quintet Prismatic Winds, has recorded with rock band Mogwai, and has taught for North Lanarkshire Council. His orchestral experience includes touring the Netherlands with the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra, side-by-side rehearsals with the RSNO and with the BBC SSO. He has extensive musical theatre experience with credits in London’s West End, UK tours, Edinburgh Fringe shows, and work for Cambridge University and the National Theatre of Scotland. Robert also works as an organist, sound designer, and is an award-winning screen composer. His music has been broadcast on Sky 1 and shown before film screenings in Vue Cinemas.
Robert Fraser / tuba
Robert grew up in Penicuik, and has played brass since the age of 12. Since graduating from the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in 2008, he has held teaching posts in Glasgow, Aberdeenshire and West Lothian, and is currently a brass instructor for South Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire councils. Over the course of his career he has directed several ensembles. He joined the Whitburn Heartlands Brass Band in January 2004, and has toured with them throughout Europe. As Musical Director he led them to victory at the 2015 Scottish Brass Band Championships.
7pm, Saturday 21st April 2018, Hawick Tower Mill Theatre
8.30 – 9.30pm,Wednesday 9th August 2017, St Mark’s Edinburgh
7pm, Sunday 30th April 2017, Torphichen Summer Nights
7:30pm, Sunday 19th March 2017, Newton Stewart Cinema Theatre
7:30pm, Sunday 12th March 2017, Dunfermline Arts Guild, Carnegie Hall Annexe
7:30pm, Saturday 15th October 2016, Isle of Arran Music Society
12 noon – 1pm, Thursday 13th October 2016, Greyfriars’ Kirk, Edinburgh
1:10pm – 2pm, Thursday 25th August 2016, St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh
9 – 10pm, Friday 20th May 2016, Ross Priory, Gartocharn
7.30pm, Friday 6th November 2015, Stranraer Ryan Centre
1pm, Saturday, 2nd May 2015, Renfield St Stephen’s , Glasgow