Findlay Spence


Scottish cellist Findlay Spence is a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Melissa Phelps. Findlay has performed at festivals and venues throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal. His extensive range of repertoire demonstrates a commitment to exploring contemporary and lesser-known music as well as bringing a new voice to more established works. 


He has performed major cello concertos with many British orchestras, as well as contemporary concertos by John Bevan Baker and Tom David Wilson. He has been invited to perform chamber music throughout Europe and is a founder member of the Atelier Quartet and Nuska Ensemble. Findlay was invited to perform in a series of masterclasses at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin. He has performed alongside the Doric String Quartet at the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival and has given chamber performances this season at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and the Pierre Boulez Saal. 


Findlay has toured Europe and China as an orchestral musician, and was principal cello of NYOS Scotland at the BBC Proms. He has performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra and has played leading roles with every Royal College of Music 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 antique and modern instruments.


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

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