Evelyn Glennie

Profoundly Deaf World Renowned Solo Percussionist - fascinating.


World renowned solo percussionist who has overcome the adversity of her profound deafness to play over 100 concerts per year and was awarded the OBE for services to music in 1993.

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About Evelyn Glennie


Evelyn has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, and regularly plays barefoot to feel the music better during concerts. As one of the world’s top international musicians, she plays up to 60 instruments in any given show, including congas, cowbells, cymbals and the marimba, to name just a few. She was part of the live Opening Ceremony for London 2012 and collaborated with British electronic group Underworld on the soundtrack for the ceremony.
She travels round the world giving performances and discussing the topics over overcoming adversity, achieving the impossible and motivation.

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  • Inspiration & Motivation
  • Achieving the impossible

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Books By Evelyn Glennie


  • Good Vibrations (My Autobiography) (1990)
  • Hearing Essay (1993)
  • Three Chorales: (Solo Marimba) (1996)
  • Beat It!: African Dances (Beat it! : group percussion for beginners) (with Paul Cameron) (1997)
  • Perpetual Motion (Piano Solo) (2004)
  • Rhythm and Beauty: The Art of Percussion (with Rocky Maffitt) (2005)
  • Marimba Encores: (Solo Marimba) (2006)
  • Billboard Illustrated Musical Instruments Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing and Using Electronic, Acoustic, and Digital Instruments (with Lucien Jenkins) (2006)
  • Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra (with Genevieve Helsby) (2007)
  • Hearing, Feeling, Playing: Music and Movement with Hard-Of-Hearing and Deaf Children (2009)
  • Change Catalyst (with Damian Hughes) (2010)

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