Lifelong love for music rewarded by Alumni Fund
10 November 2015
The 2014/15 Alumni Fund Award for Music recipient is third year BSc (Hons) Animal Biology Student Jenny Sadie – who is now able to play the “amazing” Marimba whilst studying at NTU.
Jenny has been around music all her life and has played the piano for as long as she can remember. She said: “I think my sister might have shown me my first notes when I was about three”.
Jenny has also played flute from young age, but it was her mother that got her into percussion after she joined a brass band. Jenny said: “I was about 14 at the time. They needed a percussionist, so I thought I’d give it a go and played the xylophone and timpani for them.”
After receiving music lessons as part of a scholarship in her first and second years at NTU, Jenny was encouraged to try the Marimba, which she now plays in the University’s concert band.
Jenny, who also plays with the Nottinghamshire Police Wind Band and the Hucknall and Linby Brass Band, said: “The Marimba has got such a lovely sound with deeper tones than the xylophone, and is a much nicer solo instrument.
“I’m grateful to alumni for giving me the opportunity to play this amazing instrument. No other bands I’ve been involved with have had them because they are so expensive, but this one is here all the time for me to practice on whenever I can. I feel so lucky.”
The Marimba will remain at NTU after Jenny’s graduation for other talented musicians to enjoy.