Early life[ edit ] Glennie was born and brought up in Methlick , Aberdeenshire. Her father was Herbert Arthur Glennie, an accordionist in a Scottish country dance band , and the strong, indigenous musical traditions of north-east Scotland were important in the development of the young musician, whose first instruments were the mouth organ and the clarinet. They toured and recorded one album, which was re-released on Trunk Records in Evelyn also performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in London , leading a thousand drummers in the opening piece of music, and then playing the Aluphone during the ceremony for lighting the Olympic cauldron. Deafness[ edit ] Glennie has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, having started to lose her hearing from the age of 8. She regularly plays barefoot during both live performances and studio recordings to feel the music better.
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Well, what began as an exclusive event for those able to join us at Wembley Arena on the 8th October, is being broadcast tonight at 8pm BBC One, for everyone to enjoy. I guarantee it is going to be worth your while! On the show I will be playing a short version of a piece of music I wrote while I was still a child myself and had already lost 90 percent of my hearing.
In the film I perform the piece alongside Fred Frith in a dirty deserted sugar factory in Germany. Since then it has served as inspiration for countless other people who either proposed new arrangements or interpretations — the most recent ones being solo piano and another for mixed voices. Judging from the ever growing versions available on YouTube it appears to be very popular.
I have even used part of the written music to enliven some of my branded pieces including my Ortak jewellery and gift mugs. As a child I would never have believed that such a short and simple piece of music, would come to grow this much. A little prayer serves to prove that one should always bet their chips on what they believe in, for nine out of ten it will be worth it! Please follow and like us:.
A Little Prayer