London-based freelance horn player Renée Kennedy grew up in Perth, Australia, in a family that, as well as the obligatory camping trips, loved listening to music. Having initially studied piano, her love of music really ignited when she was introduced to the french horn; it’s beautiful sound and magical play of emotions really captivated her. Until recently she balanced this love of music with an engineering career however, now concentrating solely on music, she has completed her Master of Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London after studying her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Renée was fortunate to be supported in her studies with an Emerging Artist Grant Award from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, a Performers’ Trust Foundation Award from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia, and a Tuition Fee Scholarship from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Renée enjoys performing in all kinds of musical groups and genres from chamber to large orchestral, encompassing baroque to contemporary, and film music to opera to musicals. An upcoming freelance musician in London, she has enjoyed performing with London orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne On Tour Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra and – in Australia – the Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. She has also done a variety work as a tutor, musician and workshop leader, including with the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery, as she finds it extremely rewarding making music with young people and those who may not have much access to classical music and musicians.