Finlay Hay is a nineteen-year-old guitarist studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Allan Neave. He started playing the classical guitar at Portobello Music School on Saturday mornings before being scouted, aged twelve, for the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Richard Wright on a scholarship from the Rolling Stones.
Finlay has performed solo and chamber recitals in venues such as Blair Castle, Queens Hall, The Foundlings Museum, Bilkent University, Canongate Kirk, St Giles Cathedral and the Menuhin Hall and has played for renowned musicians such as John Williams, Nicola Benedetti, Rene Izquierdo, Pavel Steidl and Princess Alexandra. He has been a recipient of a Eurostrings scholarship, awarded the NECGSA and in his first year at the RCS placed 3rd in the Altamira International Guitar Competition.
His recent projects include creating a climate themed programme for a green zone COP26 concert, forming the Taproot Ensemble, and arranging a series of songs for cello and guitar that were toured with Hattie McGregor in December.