Jenny Akroyd

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

I love travelling and meeting new people, which is part of the reason I love being a part of Nevis. I also do a lot of baking (particularly Biscoff-related items!). 

How did you first get into music?

I started playing the flute when I was 7 because it was the only instrument we were allowed to play at school at that age. It was something I chose to do as my two best friends had started flute lessons, and they looked like they were having fun. However, since the age of about 5, I had always wanted to play the saxophone and so as soon my hands were big enough, I started sax lessons. The flute helped me out big time.

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

I don’t think there is a single event. Whilst at school, music took up all my spare time: rehearsals, practising, lessons and concerts. I guess I never decided that it would be an important part of my life… it just always has been.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

Probably the last concert I did as an undergrad at uni. It was a gospel band, big band and orchestra collab and probably the most fun I have ever, ever had on stage. Everything was just so joyous and it was the perfect way to say goodbye to the University of Birmingham. A true musical highlight.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

I really love minimalism and so if I were to choose my favourite composers, they would probably be Philip Glass, Julius Eastman and Michael Nyman.

I also absolutely adore George Ezra. He is the best.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

I expect much the same as I did for the inaugural tour. It will be so exciting and rewarding, but also absolutely exhausting.