Evelyn Glennie - Percussion Superstar
How old were you when you started playing music?
Because both my parents had some sort of musical background, music was always a big part of my life.
My mother played the piano at home and, although she was not an organist, she played hymns on the organ at the local village church.
I would sit on the hard wooden pew and absorb the church paintings as she played. I was lucky to have been brought up in a time when our family get-togethers was spent singing songs, dancing, telling stories or even reciting poetry in Doric. We actually enjoyed power cuts in the winter time because they added further excitement to our creative processes when the lights went out and we just had candles to see by.
I continue to enjoy engaging with audiences for the same sense of creative excitement.
Throughout my education I consider myself very fortunate in that my schools offered free music education to every child. I began to play piano at the age of 8, followed by clarinet at 10.
After seeing the school orchestra playing I focussed my time on percussion from the age of 12. I was so impressed that I immediately knew I wanted to be part of it.