Sunday, 18 November 2018

Polar Music Prize winner performs alongside HSO

DAME Evelyn Glennie, who was last week named 2015 Laureate of the prestigious Polar Music Prize, will appear with the Henley Symphony Orchestra at the Reading Hexagon on Sunday.

DAME Evelyn Glennie, who was last week named 2015 Laureate of the prestigious Polar Music Prize, will appear with the Henley Symphony Orchestra at the Reading Hexagon on Sunday.

The Scottish virtuoso percussionist, who has been profoundly deaf since she was 12, said she was “humbled and inspired” to be awarded music’s version of the Nobel Prize.

“This award is so interesting, because it is recognising many different musicians from different musical backgrounds,” she said. “To be chosen from so many deserving people, from all genres of music, only makes me want to work harder, to make a difference and to rise to the occasion.”

The Polar Music Prize is a Swedish international award founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, best known as the manager of Swedish band ABBA.



It is awarded for significant achievements in music and earlier recipients include Sir Paul McCartney and Chuck Berry.

Named Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007, Evelyn Glennie is the most in-demand solo percussionist in the world.

She led the drummers at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and has performed with the world’s finest orchestras and greatest conductors in the most prestigious concert halls.

The Henley Symphony Orchestra joins her on Sunday for a performance of one of the flagships of the marimba repertoire, Eric Ewazen’s Marimba Concerto.

Requiring extraordinary accuracy, it is one of the most beautiful pieces written for the instrument. Dame Evelyn will also perform Askell Masson’s Concert Piece for Snare Drum and Orchestra, which includes a cadenza that gives the soloist a chance to demonstrate a range of techniques and colours on the snare drum, which most people think of as having only one or two sounds.

The percussion concertos are framed by two of the best loved and most recognised works in the classical repertoire, the sparkling overture from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5, which clearly demonstrates why he was one of the romantic era’s finest composers.

The concert will be led by HSO’s guest conductor Jacques Cohen.

Tickets, priced £18-£12, with half price for under-16s and students, are available from Henley Symphony Orchestra on 01235 859210, www.henleysymphony orchestra.co.uk/contact or www.readingarts.com



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