Findlay Spence


Scottish cellist Findlay Spence has performed at festivals and venues throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal. He was a scholar at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Melissa Phelps, and he is now mentored by John Myerscough of the Doric String Quartet. Previously he studied at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh with Ruth Beauchamp.


He has performed major cello concertos with numerous British orchestras, as well as contemporary concertos by John Bevan Baker and Tom David Wilson. Findlay has gained a reputation as one of the UK's leading young chamber musicians and is regularly invited to perform at festivals and concert series throughout Europe. As a chamber musician, he has been invited for residencies in association with Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Musethica, McGill University Montreal, and the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. He received the 2021 Kirckman Society Award and has performed alongside the Doric, Edinburgh and Sacconi String Quartets. Recent chamber performances include Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. 


Findlay has toured Europe and China as an orchestral musician, and was principal cello of NYOS Scotland at the BBC Proms. He has played with the European Union Youth Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English National Opera Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and was Principal Cello of every Royal College of Music orchestra. He has been invited to join the Ensemble Modern Hans Zender Akademie, Grafenegg Academy, and Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra.


Findlay is the Cello and Composition Scholar at St. Paul’s, Knightsbridge, where he frequently performs and writes for the resident professional choir. He is also Resident Cellist at W. E. Hill & Sons, where he has the opportunity to play and critique the finest modern and antique instruments.


Findlay plays Robert Brewer Young’s ‘Rostropovich’ cello, generously loaned to him by the St. Paul’s Foundation.

Whenever he is able, Findlay escapes London and returns to the Cairngorm Mountains with his 1-person tent.


Holywell Music Room

29th August 2021
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