EVELYN GLENNIE: Deborah Cowley
Evelyn Glennie is a multi-percussionist. She can play about 1000 instruments with perfection. She listens to sound without hearing it. Evelyn fought against a physical disability & became a source of inspiration for thousands of disabled persons. She was profoundly deaf. She was 11 years old when it was discovered that she had the hearing disability. She wanted to pursue her career in music but her teachers discouraged her, it was Ron Forbes who recognized her potential & supported her in achieving her goal. He advised her not to listen through her ears but try to sense & feel it in some other way. Soon she was excited. She felt the vibrations of higher drum from the waist above & the lower drum from the waist down. Later she realized that she could feel the vibrations in every part of her body. These tingle in her skin, her cheekbones and even in hair. She had learnt to open her body & mind to the sounds and vibrations. After that, she never looked back.
Evelyn joined the prestigious royal academy of music & scored one of the highest marks in the history of the academy. She worked hard with strong determination. She 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 gives free concerts in prisons & hospitals. She is shining inspiration for deaf children. She has accomplished more than most people twice her age. She has earned name in orchestra. She has inspired those who are handicapped made them believe that if Evelyn could do that, why not they.
Q :How was Evelyn a source of great pleasure to her audience?
A: Evelyn was very young. She performed despite her handicap. Her music was better than those of her double age. She was an inspiration to the handicapped. Thus, she has given enormous pleasure to millions.
Q: Why was Evelyn nervous while on the way to Royal Academy of music?
A:Evelyn was only seventeen year old girl while she was going to perform in Royal Academy of music. She was nervous as she was completely deaf. Moreover, she was Scottish.
Q:How did Evelyn’s parents come to know about her deafness?
A:Once Evelyn‘s name was called in the class but she did not respond. At that time she was just eight year old. Her performance in class had deteriorated. The headmistress called her parents and suggested to take her to a specialist. It was then her parents came to know about her deafness
Q:Why did Evelyn say that men with bushy beards gave her trouble?
A:Evelyn was a deaf girl. She understood others by reading their facial expressions and movements of their eyes and lips. It was difficult for her to read these movements of beard men. Thus, she remarked that men with bushy beards gave her trouble.
ANSWERS OF THE TEXT BOOK
Q:How old was Evelyn when she went to the Royal Academy of Music?
A:Evelyn was 17 yrs old when she went to the Royal Academy of Music.
Q:When her deafness was first noticed? When was it confirmed?
A:Her deafness was first noticed when she was just 8 years old by her mother, it was found at the age of 11 at school & then it was confirmed by a specialist.
Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (30-40 words)
Q:Who helped Evelyne to continue with music? What did he do & say?
A:Evelyn was discouraged by all. Ron Forbes helped her to continue with music. He identified her potential. He advised her to hear through other parts of body rather than her ears.
Q:Name the various causes for which Evelyn performed.
A:Apart from the professional concerts, Evelyn also performed free in prisons and hospitals for purpose of charity etc.
Q:How does Evelyn hear music? (Character sketch of Evelyn Glennie)
A: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 & drilled her to sense & feel the music through different parts of her body. Then she joined a three years course at Royal Academy of Music. She bagged most of the top awards over there. She is the world’s most sought multiplayer of drums and tables. She is the shining example of determination.