Martin McHale was born in Stirling, Scotland and began his musical life in his local brass band, eventually going on to lead the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. After a productive period as a member of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Martin switched from cornet to trumpet, studying at the Huddersfield School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. He completed his student career at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies based at Goldsmiths College, London.
After a short period as a freelance player with the Halle, BBCPO , RLPO and SCO , he accepted the position of second trumpet with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Martin was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2020.