Dame Evelyn Glennie received City Lit Lifetime Fellowship

Dame Evelyn Glennie receives City Lit Lifetime Fellowship

27 May 2022
Posted in: Events, News

She’s one of the world’s leading percussionists and now Fellow of City Lit. We are honoured that, Dame Evelyn Glennie, has accepted a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship.

As one of the world’s leading percussionists, Dame Evelyn has received more than one hundred international awards; including an OBE, two Grammys, the Polar Music Prize, the Companion of Honour and a BAFTA nomination.

Evelyn joined City Lit students and staff for an evening of music and conversation on Thursday 26 May. During the evening she discussed her journey with City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson, recalling life changing experiences and provided inspiration to all the people in the audience.

Evelyn’s hearing declined from the age of 8, and yet she went on to fulfil her ambition of being the first full-time solo percussionist in the world.

One of the highlights of the evening was a profoundly moving impromptu moment where Evelyn, together with our deaf colleague and City Lit BSL tutor Emma Iliffe, demonstrated how to feel sound. Principal Mark Malcomson joined in on the musical demonstrations. 

City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson said: ‘It was a great privilege to spend an evening in Dame Evelyn Glennie’s company, and to listen to her perform some of her favourite instruments including a waterphone and snare drum. She’s one of the world’s leading percussionists and now Fellow of City Lit. We are honoured that she has accepted a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship and will add her voice and passion in championing access to music and learning for all.’

The conversation ended with the presentation of Evelyn’s Fellowship Award, to celebrate her latest achievement of becoming a City Lit Lifetime Fellow. The City Lit Fellowship programme was first launched in 2015 and acknowledges those extraordinary individuals who, throughout their careers, have been pioneers who have challenged convention and demonstrated a conviction to improve lives, and the quality of life, through the opportunity and experience of learning.

She said: ‘I am hugely honoured to be awarded a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship. I have long admired the inclusive mind-set of City Lit and how it provides such depth and breadth of education, ensuring that the role it plays makes a difference to people’s lives and the world we live in. It’s a great privilege to be part of such superb institution.’

The evening concluded with a drinks reception in the City Lit Gallery were Evelyn was joined by students and staff for a glass of wine.


Photographer: Philip Hardman

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