Honorary Fellow, Dame Evelyn Glennie, appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie

Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, an Honorary Fellow of the College, received recognition for her services to music in the 2017 New Year Honours. Dame Evelyn was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) joining a cohort limited to 65 individuals. Appointment to the Order is awarded for outstanding achievement in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion.

Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. She recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She also took a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Dame Evelyn has more than 200 pieces to her name from many of the world’s most eminent composers. The film ‘Touch the Sound’  (2004) and her enlightening TED speech (2007) remain key testimonies to her approach to sound-creation.

To this day, Dame Evelyn continues to invest in realising her vision – to Teach the World to Listen – “to improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening. We want to inspire, to create, to engage and to empower”.