Glastonbury, England

Glastonbury is an historic town in the beautiful county of Somerset. You only have to walk down the high street to know you are in a spiritual place; there are lots of bookshops with books on all sort of spiritual subjects and how to live in harmony with nature, and crystal shops and of course lots of cafes and restaurants (mostly all have good vegetarian options as well)

Right in the middle of Glastonbury is the Abbey, where King Arthur and his Guinevere are buried, or so they say. It dates back to the 8th century and was a thriving monk community until 1184 when a great fire destroyed most of the buildings. Set in Acres of parkland, it is well worth a visit and bring a picnic on sunny days. The abbey is the venue for concerts in the summer with popular bands and singers and occasionally they have a classical evening as well

Another popular attraction in Glastonbury is the famous Glastonbury Tor, but you have to be fit, as it is a big hill and at the top is the restored church tower from the 14th century. The so called pilgrims path goes from well house lane and is a fair uphill walk, and the most popular route to the Tor. While you’re there drink in the atmosphere and views of the Somerset countryside which on a clear day are truly magnificent.

One attraction you should not miss is a visit to the Chalice Gardens and Well. It is a quite place to find some peace away from the hurley burley of modern life. The Gardens house 2 springs, one called the red spring and one called the white spring. The red spring gets its colour from percolating through iron rich minerals and these give the water its red appearance, indeed you can see the red spring in the gardens and where it flows it leaves a red residue. The white spring flows through limestone and is beautifully clear and fresh tasting. Indeed you can take away some red or white water with you from Well House lane next to the gardens where there are 2 taps, one for red and one for white, and people come from miles around to get it for themselves.

When you have had your fill of walking and spirituality you could get some retail therapy at the nearby Clarks village.

Started as a factory outlet for the famous shoe brand, Clarks, it now boasts several famous name stores like Marks and Spencers, Next, Nike, Sony and Timberland to name but a few. With lots of restaurants and coffee bars you could spend the whole day there: it even has a mock castle for the kids to play on. Open every day with late night shopping Thursdays.

Dame Evelyn Glennie – One Bank Flagship Seminar

“My first experience with percussion was seeing and being inspired by my school orchestra at the age of 12. I knew I needed something else to go alongside my piano playing, which was my main instrument at the time. It was an inexplicable feeling but as soon as I saw the percussion section I knew this was the family I belonged to”.

Evelyn Glennie 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. She fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She had the honour of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. “Playing at an event like that was proof that music really affects all of us, connecting us in ways that the spoken word cannot”.

Evelyn’s solo recordings, which now exceed 30 CDs, are as diverse as her career on-stage. ‘Shadow Behind the Iron Sun’ and ‘Sound Spirits’ continue to be bestselling albums that amply demonstrate her brilliant improvisational skills.

A leading commissioner of new works for solo percussion, Evelyn has more than 200 pieces to her name from many of the world’s most eminent composers. She believes this has been crucial to her success as a solo percussionist. “It’s important that I continue to commission and collaborate with a diverse range of composers whilst recognising the young talent coming through”. A double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is in demand as a composer in her own right and records high quality music for film, television and music library companies. The film ‘Touch the Sound’ and her enlightening TED speech remain key testimonies to her approach to sound-creation.

With over 90 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize, a Damehood and the Companion of Honour, Evelyn continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life. Her masterclasses and consultations are designed to guide the next generation.

To this day, Evelyn continues to invest in realising her vision – to Teach the World to Listen – while looking to open a centre that embodies her mission: “to improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening. We want to inspire, to create, to engage and to empower”.

The ballot for this seminar is now closed. For any queries about this event, please contact outreach@bankofengland.co.uk.

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