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Dame Evelyn Glennie
Categories: November, Percussion

Cambridge Newspapers Ltd.

Dame Evelyn Glennie took her rightful place on the worldwide stage during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Arguably the world’s best percussionist, the Scottish-born Glennie has been profoundly deaf since age 11, and in a 1999 interview for PBS NewsHour admits that “to sustain this type of career… It just requires a great deal of imagination.”

Want more? Here are the top 5 picks that made us fans for life:

The documentary Touch the Sound follows Glennie, who can only hear the very lowest level of sound, to a variety of locations–including the Scottish farm where she grew up, Grand Central Station, a rooftop pigeon coop, an airport, a beach, and more–where she uses the vibrations she feels throughout her body to make music.

Rhythm Song

Maple Leaf Rag

Flight of the Bumble Bee


Be sure to visit her website. We’ll be stopping back often.

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