Jenny is Chief Executive at Scottish Ensemble, the UK’s leading string orchestra, having stepped up from the General Manager position in August 2018. Now leading on an ambitious strategy which will see the organisation through its 50thanniversary in 2019-20, Jenny has been a key part of the organisation’s change and growth over the past 7 years, with experience across strategic and artistic planning, fundraising, concert management/production and, especially, in developing music-led cross-artform collaborations.
Strengthening SE’s international connections, Jenny also acts as Lead Project Coordinator on a new Creative Europe-funded cooperation, The Bridge, having instigated and led the funding application process. The Bridge will bring together string ensembles from across Europe by establishing a network and festival to harness, develop and champion the innovation that is being driven forward by these small flexible string groups.
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 has held one of three Scottish Fellowships for emerging global arts leaders with the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) since 2017: 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.