Dame Evelyn Glennie discusses her extraordinary musical journey and the challenges and rewards of life as a professional musician.
Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to create and sustain a career as a full-time professional solo percussionist. In 1992 she became the first musician to perform a percussion concerto at the BBC Proms. She has commissioned more than 200 works, from composers including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Sally Beamish and Sir James MacMillan.
Alongside her performing career, Glennie has written music for live performance (including for the RSC’s 2018 production of Troilus and Cressida), and for radio, television and film. She is founder of the charity The Evelyn Glennie Foundation, and gives masterclasses across the world. Her awards include two Grammy Awards®, the Polar Prize and the Companion of Honour.
The Hub Series is supported by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown together with Flure Grossart
Kate Molleson Host
'Prím' by Áskell Másson
'A Little Prayer' by Evelyn Glennie.
Recorded by Evelyn Glennie and guitarist Fred Frith for art-house film Touch the Sound
'Veni, Veni, Emmanual' by James MacMillan.
Performed by Evelyn Glennie, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
The first ever percussion concerto in the history of the BBC Proms and the world's most performed percussion concerto to date.
'My Spine' by Björk and Evelyn Glennie.
An improvisation with Evelyn Glennie and Björk using car exhaust pipes.
'Battle Cry' from Evelyn Glennie et al.
From the improvised album Shadow Behind the Iron Sun.
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