Jenny started playing the flute aged 7 and passed her grade 8 with distinction when she was 14. She is a music scholar at King Edwards VI school Southampton, and a member of Flautissimo (the southampton flute orchestra), Wichester Youth orchestra, Pops orchestra and the Hampshire flute choir.
With Flautissimo, she has played at the Barbican and at the national convention of the British flute society in manchester. She has been on tours to Germany, Scotland and Cornwall.
Last year she played at the music for youth national festival with Hampshire flute choir and has been invited again this year with her school orchestra and flute quartet. Her teacher is Carrie Hensel. Norman Durrent will be accompanying her on piano.
Jenny Whitby, winner 2013
"Both the junior and senior music awards have been so helpful as they have paid for my two years in the National Youth Orchestra. It has been an incredible experience and I have played at some of the best music venues in the country, with of course the highlight being our annual performance in the proms. I have included the link to the TV broadcast of our most recent prom (I am shown quite a lot as I am principal piccolo).
At NYO I have received training from some of the top flautists in the UK including Katherine Bryan, Sarah Newbold and Richard Davis. They have helped me raised my standard of playing and because of this I have had a number of successes including winning the Portsmouth Concerto Award (from which I performed the Ibert Flute Concerto in March) and I also won the Winchester Concerto Competition by playing the Nielsen Flute Concerto."