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Patrick Kenny, Trombone

Born into a musical family, Patrick played piano and recorder from an early age, took up trombone aged 11, and was also a chorister at Old St Paul’s in Edinburgh, Scotland’s oldest “sang school”. He studied at St Mary’s Music School, and in his final year also obtained the Advanced Jazz Diploma of St Andrew’s University, before going on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where his studies were generously supported by the Donald Dewar Trust, the Cross Trust, and was also awarded and Erasmus Foundation Scholarship which enabled him to undertake a period of study at the Paris Conservatoire.

Patrick’s musical interests have always been very broad, ranging from jazz to classical, early music to the avant-garde and popular. Patrick is currently based in London, working as a freelance trombonist, brass teacher, composer and arranger working across a wide variety of genres and has performed and recorded with many leading artists, including Boy George, The Heritage Orchestra (Goldie and Sparks), European Jazz Orchestra, Peter Andre (Big Night tour 2014), London Jazz Orchestra, Scrouge (UK tour), Venetian Casino Macau (In house band 2013), Michelle Burke and James Ross (Celtic Connections 2015), Grand Union Orchestra, Brighton Early Music Festival, Gizelle Smith, Jesus Cutinio, Chaconne Oscavaldez, Femi Lance Omole, Cuban combination, Future Dub Project, The Boom Yea, Gypsy Hill, Brassroots, Riot Jazz, The Coalminers, Ma’Grass, Mimika Ensemble and many more, Pandora’s Box, Setbual Festival (Portugal) and Galway Early Music Festival. Patrick also plays the Carnyx, A 2,000 year old Celtic war horn (of which only two reconstructed examples exist) performing at events including the opening ceremony of the Derry Year of Culture in Ireland, the televised celebrations for the re-opening the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, and final concert of the Belladum Festival 2014. In 2014 he was invited to become a member of the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP).

His classical ensemble experience has included Music Theatre Wales, The London Sinfonietta Academy, Dartington Festival Orchestra, Aurora Festival Orchestra Sweden and the Chipping Campden Orchestra. He was also a semi Finalist in the BBC Young Brass Musician of the Year 2010, and has performed at the Mumbai International Festival, International Jazz Conference in Toronto, and as a Young Artist at the International Trombone Festival, Beijing. Since 2013 Patrick has pursued an advanced study project, generously sponsored by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, which has enabled him to meet and study with leading trombonists across Europe and the USA in the fields of jazz, classical and early music.

As a teacher, Patrick holds a BMus Degree in classical performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Advanced Jazz Diploma of St Andrew's University and teaches Trumpet, Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Cornet and all recorders as well as Trombone.

As a professional performer and improviser on trombone, sackbut and recorder he brings a wealth of practical experience and enthusiasm to his teaching at every level, from beginner to advanced individual instrumental tuition. As well as private music tuition Patrick has been employed as a member of staff for Eaton Square School (recorder), Camden Music Service (Brass and Recorder), Lambeth Music service (Brass) and Avanti House Primary School(Recorder). As an ensemble coach he has taught for the Maltese Big Band, and given workshops with the Brighton Early Music Festival and The Grand Union Orchestra.

'Such an enlightening and interesting one to one session and overall jazz trombone performance course with Patrick Kenny.'
Jesmond Azzopardi - Bass Trombone of the Maltese Philharmonic Orchestra

Patrick Kenny 2005 - 2007

Patrick Kenny, Trombone

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St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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