Robert McFall joined the SCO in 1988. Previously he played for five years in the Philharmonia Orchestra and before that freelanced in London.
After an early childhood in the Essex countryside, he was sent to various boarding schools and, finally, spent three years reading English at New College, Oxford. Musical interests gradually took over and, after a period of private study with Eli Goren, he took his first orchestral job in the opera orchestra of the Stora Theater in Gothenburg, Sweden. Coming back to England after two years he started working as a freelance orchestral player in London, before joining the Philharmonia and the SCO.
For the last twenty years he has been running his own chamber music ensemble called Mr McFall’s Chamber which set out from the start to break down perceived boundaries and to open up classical contemporary music to a broader audience. The group originally played regularly in the old Bongo Club in Edinburgh, but has gone on to perform in a wide variety of venues. It regularly mixes genres such as tango, jazz and progressive rock with new music from classical or not-so-classical composers.
Robert is married with four children, two of whom work in television and two in pop music.