RENOWNED percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie delighted students and staff when she made a surprise visit to Holmfirth High School.
The highly-acclaimed Aberdeen-born woman, who has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, dropped in to meet fellow percussionist and music teacher Carol Stephens.
The visit had been arranged by a parent as a thank-you for Carol’s hard work and dedication to music teaching in the Holme Valley.
The school’s head of music Jim Morgan said: “This surprise visit has been arranged as special recognition for Carol and the wonderful work she is doing with young people in the school and across the Holme Valley.
“It is a tremendous honour for the school to have Dame Evelyn visit us.”
Dame Evelyn, who often performs barefoot to “feel the music”, is working in Leeds and is due to perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Scottish Prom this weekend.
She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the 1980s and won the Queen’s Commendation Prize for all around excellence – the highest award given by Royal Academy.
In 1990 she was named Scottish Woman of the Decade and in 1993 awarded the OBE for her service to music.
She was made a Dame in the New Year Honours of 2007.
She performs at more than 100 recitals each year, including many in schools.
She has hundreds of unusual instruments in her percussion collection and also plays the Great Highland Bagpipes.
She also has her own registered tartan known as "The Rhythms of Evelyn Glennie".
She is in the process of producing her own range of handmade jewellery and works as a motivational speaker.
She has been awarded 15 honorary doctorates from UK universities.
Her autobiography “Good Vibrations” was published in 1990.