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Dame Evelyn Glennie



Dame Evelyn is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians in the world today, Dame Evelyn has made more than 30 recordings, including three Grammy Award-winning discs. Dame Evelyn, who became profoundly deaf at the age of 12, was chosen to take a lead role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. In collaboration with Underworld, she led 1,000 drummers for the world premiere of Underworld’s song And I Will Kiss. Dame Evelyn was awarded the 2015 Laureate of the Polar Music Prize and was congratulated by Barack Obama for the prestigious honour, considered the Nobel Prize of music.

In 2016, she was announced as the first King’s Cross musician-in residence.The residency has been created by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, in partnership with the PRS for Music Foundation. The residency, which will run from January 2017, involves Dame Evelyn working with people in the area to create new music, culminating in a performance at the end of the residency. Dame Evelyn is also constantly exploring other areas of creativity such as designing her own jewellery range to presenting and appearing on television and radio programmes around the world.