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In conversation with Dame Evelyn Glennie

Story added 2nd Mar 2020

Evelyn Glennie, photo by Philipp Rathmer

City Lit have made the decision to postpone ‘In conversation with Dame Evelyn Glennie’ on 22 April 2020. We have taken this decision with the health and wellbeing of our community and in light of the current Covid-19 status. We realise that this will be disappointing, however, we hope that you understand why we have taken this decision. We hope to re-schedule for a later date this year.


In conversation with Dame Evelyn Glennie


We are delighted to welcome international solo percussionist and composer, Dame Evelyn Glennie, to discuss her life and career with City Lit Principal, Mark Malcomson CBE.

Friday 22 May 2020, 18:30-20:30
John Lyon's Theatre, City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA

This lively discussion will include a sprinkling of musical demonstrations and an audience Q&A. This will be followed by the presentation of Evelyn’s Fellowship Award, to celebrate her newest achievement of becoming a City Lit Lifetime Fellow. Please join us afterwards for a glass of wine.

£20.00 ticket price includes a drink after the event.
General Admission 18:30-20:30 (doors open 18:00)

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Please let us know if you have any specific support needs at least two weeks in advance of the event, we appreciate your help in planning.  Access: Visitors who require assistance may bring a companion free of charge. There are limited companion tickets available.

All proceeds raised will go to towards the City Lit Student Bursary, Centre for Deaf Education and City Lit Percussion Orchestra.

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Dame Evelyn Glennie, photo by Jim Callaghan

Dame Evelyn Glennie, photo by Jim Callaghan

Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists. She fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She had the honour of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Evelyn regularly provides masterclasses and consultations designed to guide the next generation. She is also a leading commissioner of over 200 new pieces for solo percussion for many of the world’s most eminent composers. The film ‘Touch the Sound’ and her enlightening TED speech remain key testimonies to her approach to sound-creation.

Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and now has over 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. Evelyn continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life. Her masterclasses and consultations are designed to guide the next generation.

Evelyn is currently embarking on the formation of The Evelyn Glennie Collection. The vision is 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’.

Dame Evelyn Glennie, photo by Caroline Purday

Dame Evelyn Glennie, photo by Caroline Purday

John Lyon's Theatre