Summary and Explanation of Evelyn Glennie Listens to Sound without Hearing it- The Sound of Music I (Character Sketch and Quick Revision Notes)

Character Sketch of Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn was a determined and hardworking girl. With her rock strong will power she overcame the obstacle that was presented by Nature. In childhood she lost her hearing capabilities gradually. At the age of eleven year, her hearing power was severely damaged. In spite of her handicap she did not want to give up. She took music as her passion. Her teachers discouraged her but percussionist Ron Forbes guided her. She joined a three year course at Royal Academy of Music. She captured most of top awards at the Royal Academy. She is the world’s most sought multiplayer of drums and tables. She is the shining example of determination.

Summary of the The Sound of Music I

Evelyn Glennie is a multi - percussionist, who can play thousands of instruments to perfection, a most sought after musician internationally. Surprisingly, she achieved this status in spite of her disability, she was profoundly deaf. But she learnt to listen with her body instead of the ears. She feels the sound through her body.

Evelyn was eleven years old when it was discovered that she had a hearing problem. She wanted to pursue her career in music, but her teachers discouraged her. It was Ron Forbes who recognized her potential and supported her. He advised her not to listen through her ears, but try to sense it in some other way. This proved to be the turning point. She learnt to open her body and mind to the sounds and vibrations. After that she never looked back. She had mastered the art of interpreting different vibrations of sound on her body.

She joined the prestigious Royal Academy of Music and scored the highest marks in the history of the Academy. She worked hard and with determination against all odds and got right to the top. In 1991, she was presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society's prestigious "Soloist of the year award". Apart from the regular concerts, Evelyn gave free concerts in hospitals, prisons and also to aspiring young musicians. She became a source of inspiration for deaf and other handicapped children. She inspired them and made them believe that if Evelyn could do, so could they.

Quick Revision Notes

  • Evelyn Glennie was 8, when first time her hearing disability was noticed by her mother.
  • At the age of 11, her disability was discovered at school. 
  • She wants to do career in Music, her teachers discouraged her.
  • Fortunately she met Ron Forbes, the percussionist, who identified her potential & supported in achieving her goal.
  • He trained Evelyn to sense the music through different parts of our body.
  • Suddenly she was excited to feel the vibrations in every part of her body.
  • Evelyn followed him like an obedient student and in the meantime she had learnt to open her body & mind to sounds and vibrations.
  • After this, she never looked back.
  • Evelyn joined the famous Royal Academy of Music, worked hard with strong determination. Suddenly she got to top.
  • In 1991, she bagged the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious “Soloist of the Year Award”. She toured round the world for her concerts with a very hectic schedule and became a kind of workaholic.
  • Apart from this, she gives free concerts in prison & hospitals. Evelyn soon became shining super star & inspiration for not only the disabled ones but for all.
  • She achieved more than most people twice her age.
  • Evelyn has earned great name in Orchestra. She has inspired those who are handicapped & made them believe that if Evelyn could do that, why not they.

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