James Kenny, from Edinburgh, initially learnt to play piano from his mother, a piano teacher. At age 14, James was a pupil at Edinburgh City Music School where he studied double bass, piano, composition and choral singing. While at the Music School James was an active member of various ensembles, including NYJoS, The Edinburgh Schools Symphony Orchestra, The Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and the School String Ensemble. He also played in both jazz and classical ensembles.
James was offered places by a number of leading conservatoires and chose to accept the place offered by the Royal College of Music in London, where he is now an undergraduate.
James approaches his musical studies with the winning combination of musicality and intelligence. He goes into his studies at a high standard of musicianship and showing great potential for the future.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help towards the substantial costs to study music at the RCM in London. James's support has been continued for a second, and subsequently, a third year.