Evelyn receives the Julian Bream Award

Dame Evelyn Glennie has been awarded the Musicians’ Company’s inaugural Julian Bream Award. This award honours the lifetime achievement of an internationally recognised instrumentalist who has contributed original and innovative work to the culture of their chosen instrument. The Julian Bream Award was established in 2023 to coincide with Julian Bream’s 90th anniversary. It will be awarded every three years and Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first recipient.

More Than Simply Drums & Cymbals…

Front Cover of 'More Than Simply Drums & Cymbals', subtitle 'A meander through The Evelyn Glennie Collection'

The wonderful Volunteer team for The Evelyn Glennie Collection have been working incredibly hard to bring this booklet together and we are delighted to be able to share it with you now. ‘More Than Simply Drums & Cymbals’ takes you on a journey through the extraordinary assortment of artefacts which form The Evelyn Glennie Collection, and charts the introduction and subsequent development of percussion as a solo instrument across the globe.

1st Earith, Bluntisham & Colne Scouts sleep in boxes for charities

Charlotte Beattie, Scout Group Lead (left) handing over the donation of £254 to Dame Evelyn Glennie (right)

The 1st Earith, Bluntisham and Earith Scouts slept in cardboard boxes to raise money for two local charities. The Scouts’ chosen charities were The Evelyn Glennie Foundation and St Ives Foodbank.

The young group decided to do a “Night in the Box” evening, which saw them sleep in boxes. They managed to raise a great amount of funds for both charities, including £254 for The Evelyn Glennie Foundation.

A very special donation…

Evelyn and the gyil donated by Bex Burch

The Evelyn Glennie Collection is a major resource for research, not only for percussionists and musicologists but where the entry points can be through history, geography, science, sociology etc. The richness of The Collection is augmented by the incredible kindness of people who donate items. It recently and very gratefully received an extraordinary addition: a Gyil, a Ghanaian Xylophone made … Read More

The City Lit Percussion Orchestra

It seems fitting to publish our first exciting news of the year during the Unesco Week of Sound 2024, which is currently being marked worldwide. January also happens to be our anniversary month – The Evelyn Glennie Foundation having been set up in 2023 – and we are delighted to be celebrating our first birthday alongside Evelyn’s new appointment as … Read More

Out now: Capt’s Look

Cover - CAPT'S LOOK - Evelyn Glennie, Szilárd Mezei Polar Quartet

One of my favourite forms of performance is improvisation. The recently released ‘Capt’s Look’ is taken from a live performance in Novi Sad, Serbia in October 2022 as part of the European Capital of Culture programme, with the extraordinarily talented Szilárd Mezei and his Polar Quartet. It is available directly from my shop if you would like a physical copy: … Read More

Seeking a Trustee Treasurer…

The Evelyn Glennie Foundation is a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) enabling change, connection and collaboration through better listening. Our unique mission is to 'Teach the World to Listen'. The remarkable career of Dame Evelyn Glennie has pushed the boundaries of percussion beyond all recognition. The Foundation will use her distinctive listening practices, legacy and vast career archive to inspire active, ... Read More

History in the making…

A little bit of history was made last week. I was honoured to be the first percussionist to receive the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. My acceptance speech included the following: “I am extremely honoured to address you all this evening. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined standing here receiving an award as important and symbolic as the Leonie … Read More

The Evelyn Glennie Foundation

Image description: A black and white photo of Evelyn, with The Evelyn Glennie Foundation logo in white floating over a dark section. The logo is a series of five concentric circles, with two hands reaching to meet each other, one of which is helping the other 'up'. In the photo, Evelyn is wearing her glasses during a conversation, and is smiling broadly.

I am absolutely thrilled to share the news that The Evelyn Glennie Foundation is now a registered charity!   The Evelyn Glennie Foundation is a charity imbued with the ethos and ambitions of its namesake. A pioneering solo percussionist, sound creator and expert listener, Evelyn’s experiences as a profoundly deaf musician have reframed our understanding of what it means to … Read More

Listen book wins award

Congratulations to Shannon Stocker and Devon Holzwarth on winning the Schneider Family Book Award for best Picture Book in the 2023 American Library Association Youth Media Awards, for Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion! For those of you not familiar with the award, the Schneider Family Book Awards honour an author or illustrator for a book that … Read More