King’s Cross – a new property development in Central London – has chosen a musician in residence for the community. Dame Evelyn Glennie was picked out of nearly 100 music creators for a position that involves creating new music inspired by the Central London development.
The role was created by the King’s Cross community, in collaboration with the PRS for Music Foundation, one of the foremost developers of new music talent in the UK. The idea is that the musician in residence will write and perform new music while living at King’s Cross, a housing development that aims to create 2,000 homes and many businesses, jobs and restaurants in the Central London area.
Glennie, an acclaimed percussionist and Grammy and Polar Music Prize winner, was one of three finalists, and was voted for by residents, students and workers of King’s Cross. Glennie said she was ‘honoured and humbled’ to be chosen, and expressed her desire to ‘get into the heart, beat and pulse of the people and the landscape’.
The residency begins at the start of 2017, with Anna Strongman from the King’s Cross development commenting ‘It’s important to us that the people who are helping to make this area so great will have a chance to create a brand-new piece of music to express their connection with the neighbourhood. We look forward to an exciting twelve months ahead.’