World-famous profoundly deaf virtuoso solo percussionist, double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee, Dame Evelyn Glennie is heading to Fleetwood – and not just to wow audiences with her musical talents, but to help break-down the perceptions of disability.
Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists.
Her performance, in which she hopes to enable the world to listen, will be performed at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood, on October 12, where she will be accompanied by pianist Philip Smith, giving audiences a fantastic opportunity to hear her impressive and eclectic range of music styles.
And with every ticket purchased for her 7.30pm recital, audience members have the fantastic opportunity to join in as she hosts In Conversation with Evelyn Glennie “Who’s Listening” at 11am.
It will be a unique chance to hear about Evelyn’s work and also how with the aid of her first percussion teacher, honed her awareness of sound to such a degree that she describes her body as ‘a resonating chamber.’
The event has been supported by the pioneering Access Fylde Coast project, which aims to break-down the barriers of disability and put the Fylde Coast on the map as an inclusive tourist destination. And, it will provide British Sign Language translation throughout the recital and talk.
Evelyn Glennie, who fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in history of the Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti, says: “I am deeply honoured to be supporting the dedicated and vital work that Access Fylde Coast is doing. Inclusiveness has been paramount to my upbringing and my career.
“Being surrounded by people who value you as a person, without boundaries or prejudice and who create bridges is key to a healthy and thriving society. Any opportunity to listen to those who require extra support will benefit us all and help create better understanding of what it is to be human.”
Alan Reid, CIO of Disability First, which spearheaded the AFC project, says: “It is amazing to be working with Evelyn Glennie and in partnership with the Marine Hall to bring what will be an awe-inspiring performance to the Fylde Coast.
“This is so important for us to try and break-down barriers of preconceptions and stereotypes of disability. Times have changed around equality, but in 2019 disability has still not caught up with other strands of diversity. “