Association of British Orchestras

Jenny Jamison (Interim Chair)

Chief Executive,
Scottish Ensemble

Jenny has been Chief Executive at Scottish Ensemble, Glasgow’s pioneering string ensemble, since August 2018, having held roles in the organisation since 2011. Jenny has led the organisation through its 50th anniversary in 2019-20 (which culminated in the group winning the 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Ensemble Award for ‘sheer quality and innovation’), conceived and developed ambitious digital projects during the pandemic, and spearheaded a new Creative Europe cooperation – The Bridge Network – bringing together ensembles from across the continent to explore concert innovation and audience development. She has been a key part of Scottish Ensemble’s growth trajectory, with experience across strategic and artistic planning, fundraising, concert management/production and, especially, in developing music-led cross-artform collaborations.

Other experience includes strategic consultancy for soloist Nicola Benedetti (developing music education initiatives), and previous roles with the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and as Chair of New Opera in Scotland Events. Jenny held one of three Scottish Fellowships for emerging global arts leaders with the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) from 2017 – 2020: the Scottish Fellowship programme is supported by Creative Scotland.

Born in Glasgow, Jenny received her musical education through local authority teaching and orchestras, Douglas Academy Music School, and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (where she met her now-husband). Throughout her higher education (French and Russian at the University of Edinburgh) and her work in the performing arts, Jenny has continued to exercise her passion as an amateur violinist.

Jenny was appointed Vice Chair of ABO in January 2022, and takes on the role of Interim Chair from January 2023.

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Bristol,
hosted by Bristol Beacon, from 24-26 January 2024.