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Brass Tracks

Brass Tracks

A wonderful day. The schools workshop was perfect – about 150 pupils aged 7 to 11 from 6 local schools. The best turnout we’ve had and it was a joy to see them always engaging and interacting. It will have been enduringly memorable for them. The evening concert was excellent too with a great programme which we all enjoyed enormously.

Grange over Sands Concert Club, May 2024

Brass Tracks delight.... five very talented professional musicians who, apart from excelling in their own instruments, play as one when they are together..... a delightful variety of music.... the quintet handled all these different styles with sensitivity, long, flowing melodic lines with beauty.

Isle of Arran Music Society

Quintet - Brass Quintet


  • Finlay Hetherington - Trumpet
  • John Sampson - Trumpet
  • Fiona McLean - Trombone
  • Robert Newth - French Horn
  • Robert Fraser - Tuba


Brass Tracks aims to provide "a kaleidoscopic musical brass journey spanning the last 500 years".

A few examples:

Sonata from Die Bankelsangerlieder - anon, edited by Robert King

Canzona Per Sonare No 4 - Giovanni Gabrielli

Three Renaissance Dances - Tylman Susato

Quintet - Michael Kamen

La Cumparsita - Matos Rodriguez, arr Sonny Kompanek

When I'm 64 - Paul McCartney

Post Horn Galop - Hermann Koenig

Spread A Little Happiness - Vivian Ellis

Love Is Here To Stay - George Gershwin, arr Bill Holcombe


Brass Tracks was formed as a brass quintet in May 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 quintet has performed at various interesting venues including Glasgow Central Station, as part of Virgin Trains' Live at Central concert series, as part of the Glasgow Sphere concert series, for Stranraer Music for All, Newton Stewart and District Music Club, Hawick Music Club, Isle of Arran Music Society, Dunfermline Arts Guild, Torphichen Summer Nights, Music for All in Lochaber, Music in West Kilbride and at Ross Priory. The quintet has been recorded on a new album by Fish, the former front man of Marillion, and led the ceremony for Fife Sports Awards. They return to perform each year at Edinburgh's Festival Fringe.