Yesterday (Tuesday 17 January 2017) Dame Evelyn Glennie launched her residency as the King’s Cross Musician in Residence. At the event, which took place at PRS Foundation offices in Two Pancras Square, King’s Cross, Dame Evelyn spoke to local residents, businesses, arts and creative industry leaders and music creators about her King’s Cross project.
Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world renowned Scottish virtuoso percussionist, recently recognised as a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, was selected to be the new King’s Cross Musician in Residence by the workers, residents, and students on the King’s Cross site, through an online vote in 2016. This month marks the start of Dame Evelyn’s residency, working with PRS Foundation and the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership
Titled, King’s Cross Sounds, the residency will see Evelyn working with the community of King’s Cross to help discover their past, present and imagined future sound of the area. These sounds will be gathered in a stand-alone webpage and serve as inspiration for a final composition and performance at the end of the residency. The residency aims to get everyone involved in making the ordinary extraordinary.
Dame Evelyn Glennie said, “I am hugely honoured and humbled to be chosen as musician in residence by the local King’s Cross community. Listening will be the core of my residency and I plan to get into the heart, beat and pulse of the people and the landscape thus, to embark on this journey collaborating with broad-minded people whose aim is to make a difference is immensely exciting. Together we will help build a legacy that can be shared by all curious about King’s Cross.”
Vanessa Reed, Chief Executive, PRS Foundation said, “This residency will be an exciting and unique experience for Evelyn and her team to explore King’s Cross and create pieces of new music with the diverse range of communities now living, working and studying in this exciting regeneration area. It’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone in this area to play a part in, the creation of new music with the world renowned Dame Evelyn Glennie. I look forward to following how this project grows and develops over the next year.”
Ellie Beedham, Project Manager (Events & Enlivenment), Kings Cross said, “We are thrilled to start 2017 with such an exciting project in our midst. It is very important for us that the local community play a crucial role in the evolving arts and enlivenment programme at King’s Cross, and are delighted they have chosen Dame Evelyn to carry forward this project. We look forward to watching the project evolve and see the people of King’s Cross get involved.”
The King’s Cross Musician in Residence – a partnership between PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development, and King’s Cross, London’s new creative quarter – was established to enable a UK-based music creator to explore, write and perform new music whilst based at the King’s Cross site in London over twelve months.
Dame Evelyn Glennie’s residency will run throughout 2017, with a final piece to be performed later this year at King’s Cross.