Evelynn Glennie returns with more drummings

Evelynn Glennie came to Hong Kong in 2010 to play with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. There were many fascinating moments to remember, and some have been captured on the television broadcast.


Here’s Dame Evelynn playing an arrangement of Vivaldi concerto.

What one can’t find on YouTube, however, was the most memorable moment of that concert: an encore entirely on a snare drum. Dame Evelynn has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, having started to lose her hearing from the age of eight. However she was able to feel the music and communicate that feeling through a tiny instrument.

She is coming to Hong Kong, again with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, in May. This time she is also playing highland bagpipes.

Click below to see the press release from the orchestra, or see the concert leaflet.

Press Release

Dame Evelyn Glennie

World famous artist returns to Hong Kong performing solo percussion and bagpipes
30 May (Thursday) 2013, 8pm

On Thursday 30 May 2013 at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall at 8pm, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) presents the world renowned percussion virtuoso Dame Evelyn Glennie in her return appearance to the Hong Kong stage. She will perform solo works for mallet instruments and orchestra dedicated to her by Karl Jenkins and the Pulitzer prize-winning American composer and diarist Ned Rorem.The orchestra will also perform Sir Michael Tippett’s Divertimento for Chamber Orchestra, Sellinger’s Round led by chief conductor Jean Thorel. To conclude the concert, Dame Evelyn Glennie will also feature as the solo bagpiper in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise, an ingenious work for orchestra which vividly depicts the riotous celebrations after a wedding on the Orkney Islands, North of Scotland. Prior to the concert at 7:15pm, Jean Thorel will give a talk to introduce the programme at the concert venue.

Praised by the Winnipeg Free Press as “one of the greatest living musicians of her time”, Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a career as a solo percussionist. One of her major performances in 2012 included a special live appearance for the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games, televised and broadcast worldwide to nine hundred million people. Glennie also performs as soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras. Among her twenty-eight solo recordings, two have received Grammy Awards. As an eclectic and innovative musician, Dame Evelyn Glennie is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion. She has commissioned one hundred and seventy new works for solo percussion from many of the world’s most eminent composers. She is also in demand internationally as a motivational speaker and educationalist, and has appeared on programmes such as TED. Dame Evelyn Glennie has received over eighty international awards, including the OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for her services to music and education, which was recently extended to DBE (Dame Commander).

Tickets priced at $480 $380 $280 $180, with half-price concessions for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients, are now available from all URBTIX outlets. For ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit www.urbtix.hk; for programme or other enquiries, call 2864 2156 or email [email protected] 

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