Today (Wednesday 8 February) Dame Evelyn Glennie officially launched her residency as the PRS Foundation King’s Cross Musician in Residence to the general public with pop up interactive performances.
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.
Evelyn, who spent the day (Wednesday 8 February) at King’s Cross performing on her solo snare drum, linked up with outreach specialist Tim Steiner, to encourage onlookers to participate in the interactive sessions. Those listening were encouraged to discuss and ask questions about what they wanted from the urban soundscape at King’s Cross.
Composer Jill Jarman was on hand to capture ideas and visions – on how those living, working and enjoying King’s Cross could influence the final piece of music at the end of the Dame Evelyn Glennie residency, later this year.
Historian Christopher Lloyd gave mini lectures on different historic aspects of King’s Cross – guiding those taking part in the sessions through a journey from the ordinary, to the extraordinary.
The team spent the day circulating King’s Cross, encouraging participation from across the area – including Granary Square, Pancras Square and Battle Bridge Place, to be part of the movement.
Those who attended were also encouraged to submit their own sounds through the King’s Cross website, where sounds will be gathered and influence the final composition that will culminate the residency.
Throughout this year, there will be several events, to encourage those working, living and enjoying King’s Cross to take part. To find out more about the programme, or to submit your entry, please visit: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/sounds-of-kings-cross.