Grae Says 30 Days — Disability History Month 2017: Part 3 — Evelyn Glennie

We’re already 1/10th of the way through this project! Today we’re having a look at the life and career of a truly remarkable musician, Evelyn Glennie.

As the surname might suggest, Evelyn was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Brought up in the spirit of traditional Scottish music, she cut her teeth on the mouth organ and the clarinet. After graduating with honours from the Royal Academy of music in 1985, she eventually became a specialist percussionist, in fact she stands as the first and only full-time solo percussionist, armed with a 1,000 strong collection of percussion instruments and a distinguished touring and collaborating tenure under her belt.

That on it’s own is remarkable of course, but what makes Evelyn Glennie stand out from the pack is the fact that she is profoundly deaf. Glennie is known to play barefoot in order to interpret her music from feel rather than through hearing. She also delivered one of the more sought after TED talks on the topic of how to truly listen (linked at the foot of this post).

Following on from yesterday’s post. Evelyn Glennie also had a role to play at the London 2012 games. She was part of the team that created the soundtrack to Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony and even performed live at the ceremony itself.

Rather than raise a question for today’s discussion topic, I’m gonna link to her TED talk instead and encourage you to share your thoughts.