Jamie took up bassoon whilst at primary school in the southside of Glasgow, and very quickly showed a real aptitude for this complex wind instrument. Within a few short months he sat his grade 2 exam, passed with a high distinction and gained a place to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Junior School of Music.
Jamie has an impressive and ever-growing list of achievements. He secured seats with the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain (Under 12) as well as the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (Junior Orchestra). At Glasgow Music Festival, he won the Hopkinson Award for most promising performer of primary school age, and won the regional trophy at the Robert Burns World Federation Schools Competition.
Jamie is a conscientious and focused learner, whose love of music and the bassoon will ensure his continued success. He is developing his own sense of style on both the bassoon and the piano, and has ambitions to play in world class orchestras.
How the Award Helped
Jamie's Dewar Award has enabled him to invest in an instrument and his studies. This has allowed him to access a number of experiences that his family would not otherwise have been able to afford. He has participated in residential weeks, concert performances and additional studies, building up a repertoire that will stand him in good stead for the future.