Finlay Hetherington is a Scottish trumpet and flugelhorn player based in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.
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’s formal music education and trumpet studies began 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.
Over almost 20 years Finlay’s musical portfolio has been diverse, working with numerous 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 alongside rock and pop artists.
Finlay’s extensive performing experience has taken him, not only all over Scotland and throughout the UK, but internationally – across Europe, Asia and the USA. As well as being a regular musical 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.
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. In 2004 Finlay began teaching trumpet at St Mary’s Music School and then numerous other schools for Edinburgh City Council and independent schools. He has also guest lectured at Mansfield University, Pennsylvania, USA. Finlay joined Edinburgh College in 2017 as lecturer in music and tutor in trumpet and is a board member of The Edinburgh Youth Orchestra.