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THE MUSICIAN internationally hailed as the first lady of solo percussion, will be performing in Coventry next month.

Evelyn Glennie - the woman who has won virtually every major musical prize there is - is visiting the city for an international celebrity concert series.

On Friday, May 14, she will be performing some exciting new works written especially for her at the Warwick Arts Centre.

Her popular shows never fail to inspire and amaze audiences worldwide and her music has attracted audiences who tastes range from the esoteric avant garde to the immediately acceptable.


The Golden Age of Xylophone recalls the years when this instrument was the star attraction of theatre orchestras.

And the UK premiere of Stewart Wallace's The Cheese and the Worms puts Evelyn's skills as both percussionist and bagpiper to the test.

She was born in Aberdeen where, from the age of 12, she studied timpani and percussion before entering the Royal Academy of Music in London, in 1982.

She picked up numerous awards including the Queen's Commendation Prize for all round excellence - which is the highest award granted by the RAM.

Evelyn's international concert schedule sees her performing in more than 20 different countries every year and across all five continents.

Despite her frequent visits to the orient, she now devotes four months of her schedule to recitals, concerts and masterclasses across North America.

She has worked with orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Evelyn plays the Great Highland Bagpipes and is committed to bringing the instrument and its music to a wider public.

Two major documentaries on her life have been made for television and she has presented and performed in two series of the BBC's Soundbites.

In 1988 she won a Grammy Award for her recording of Bartok's Sonato for Two Pianos and Percussion with the late Sir Georg Solti, Murray Perahia and David Corkhill.

Since then, a South Bank Show television documentary Evelyn in Rio, where she took part in the carnival, has been released on video.

Also she was awarded an OBE in the 1993 Honours List.

Her compositions include music for films and television produced in collaboration with Greg Malcangi.

Their music for Trial and Retribution I, by Lynda La Plante, was nominated for a BAFTA in 1998 and they have since produced the music for Trial and Retribution II.

Some of her latest work includes writing music for a film written by William Boyd called Trench.

At the concert in Coventry, the audience will be able to hear Kreisler's Praeludium and Allegro arrangement further adapted by Evelyn for vibraphone.

It precedes a marimba work by Leigh Howard Stevens, Rhythmic Caprice which features new aural effects including a kind of pizzicato.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 8pm, are now on sale priced between pounds 6 and pounds 26, and they are available from the art centre box office on 01203 524524.

WARWICK ARTS CENTRE is giving away 25 tickets worth up to pounds 26 each for the performance by Evelyn Glennie for Coventry Evening Telegraph readers.

All you have to do is call the box office, quote Evelyn Glennie Offer and purchase one ticket in any of the three top price areas.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:MacKenzie, Jenny
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 16, 1999
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