Dame Evelyn Glennie to perform at this year’s Cambridge International Jazz Festival

PUBLISHED: 09:54 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:54 13 November 2017

Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie

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Cambridge International Jazz Festival welcomes world-famous solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie to this year’s event on November 19.

Evelyn is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists.

With more than 80 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour, Evelyn is also a leading commissioner of new works for solo percussion, with more than 200 pieces to her name from many of the world’s most eminent composers.

On November 19 she will guide a gathering of young musicians through their musical journeys during a master class at the festival.

The festival will run until November 26 and feature more than 200 musicians and 80 events at 25 venues.

There are free events as well as those requiring tickets and many regional artists will play alongside headline acts.

The Cambridge Jazz Festival was founded in 2014, the first in this city for more than 45 years. The organisers had some specific goals in mind – bringing together the jazz communities from the town and the universities, showcasing local talent and bringing the best bands from around the country and internationally to perform in our city.

The festival is a celebration of the huge variety of music that jazz encompasses, from gypsy jazz to funk, from jazz poetry and spoken word to hip-hop, from solo artists to big bands and to open jazz up to new audiences, particularly young people, and to give them the chance to get involved as well as come and listen.

More information about individual acts and tickets at: www.cambridgejazzfestival.co.uk.

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