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Evelyn Glennie

Scottish Percussionist

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist.

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About Evelyn Glennie

As a double Grammy award winner and BAFTA nominee, Evelyn has paved the way for orchestras worldwide to feature percussion concerti.

Evelyn played the first ever percussion concerto in the history of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992 and since has vastly expanded the solo percussion repertoire with over 200 pieces to her name.

Evelyn composes music for film, television, theatre and regularly provides masterclasses and consultations to inspire the next generation of musicians.

Along with her Grammy awards, Evelyn has over 100 international awards as well as being awarded an OBE in 1993. She was recently appointed the first female President of Help Musicians, only the third person to hold the title since Sir Edward Elgar and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

The Evelyn Glennie Podcast was launched in 2020 featuring popular personalities from the worlds of music, television and academia. The episodes centred around what listening means to different people and its importance in everyday life.

Evelyn is currently creating The Evelyn Glennie Collection with a vision to open a centre that embodies her mission to Teach the World to Listen. She aims to ‘improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening as proven in her book ‘Listen World!’. We want to inspire, to create, to engage and to empower’.

We are delighted to welcome Dame Evelyn Glennie to our forthcoming Classroom – Deep Breath which will be held on World Breathing Day. Join us on 11th April 2021 at 16:30BST.

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