Rush hour crowds jostle for position on the underground train platform. A slight girl, looking younger than her seventeen years, was nervous yet excited as she felt the vibrations of the approaching train. It was her first day at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London and daunting enough for any teenager fresh from a Scottish farm. But this aspiring musician faced a bigger challenge than most: she was profoundly deaf.
Evelyn Glennie’s loss of hearing had been gradual. Her mother remembers noticing something was wrong when the eight-year-old Evelyn was waiting to play the piano. “They called her name and she didn’t move. I suddenly realised she hadn’t heard,” says Isabel Glennie. For quite a while Evelyn managed to conceal her growing deafness from friends and teachers. But by the time she was eleven her marks had deteriorated and her headmistress urged her parents to take her to a specialist. It was then discovered that her hearing was severely impaired as a result of gradual nerve damage. They were advised that she should be fitted with hearing aids and sent to a school for the deaf. “Everything suddenly looked black,” says Evelyn.
1. What challenge is faced by the aspirant singer?
2. Why did the slight girl feel nervous at the platform?
3. Name one prestigious music academy in London.
4. What is the name of the girl?
5. Find out the proper nouns mentioned in the passages.
6. Consult a dictionary and find out the meaning of the words conveyed in the context marked as bold.
7. Tick the incorrect statements-
(i) Evelyn Glennie was seventeen years old.
(ii) Evelyn Glennie lost her hearing in an accident.
(iii) Evelyn Glennie managed to hide her growing deafness at the 1st stage.
(iv) Evelyn Glennie’s father’s name was Isabel Glennie.
(v) The doctor advised that she should be fitted with hearing aids.