Feeling Sound: Evelyn Glennie in Conversation with Colin Blakemore

credit: Caroline Purday

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Think hearing is just sound waves hitting your ear drums? Think again.

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie’s unique connection to her music comes from having lost almost all of her hearing by the age of 12. She joins eminent neuroscientist Colin Blakemore to discuss and demonstrate how we can all really listen.

The event will be accompanied by live speech-to-text transcription by Stagetext.

This conversation was conceived by and first presented at the Cheltenham Science Festival 2017.

Evelyn Glennie

‘My aim is to teach the world to listen’ says musician Evelyn Glennie. Despite her deafness, she is one of the leading percussionists and has performed with some of the world's greatest artists, conductors and orchestras. She also had a leading role in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. With more than 30 solo CDs and numerous awards including a double Grammy, Dame Evelyn Glennie continues to both amaze and move audiences the world over with her unique performances. How does she do it? She claims to have taught herself to hear with parts of her body other than her ears, and records and performs her music barefoot. 

Colin Blakemore 

‘The brain is the most complex structure that we know of, in the universe’  says Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of London and Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oxford. In 2014 he was knighted for his services to scientific research, policy and outreach. He specialises in vision and how the brain continues to change into adulthood. His work has expanded our understanding of conditions such as autism, dyslexia and schizophrenia. 

Part of a Season of Sound, celebrating the Library’s sound archive. Audio installation supplied by Bowers & Wilkins.


Name: Feeling Sound: Evelyn Glennie in Conversation with Colin Blakemore
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