Jenny Akroyd


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

I love travelling and do a lot of it, which is part of the reason I wanted to be involved in this project. My audition was the first time I had been to Scotland, and so I am super excited to now get to see some more. To play a concert is a pretty cool reason to climb Ben Nevis, something I have always wanted to do.

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 think it will be both so exciting and rewarding. I am probably the most excited for the concert on top of Ben Nevis. I think it will be the coolest ‘venue’ ever. I also think that with 70 performances, it will be absolutely exhausting. It will all be worth it in the end though!