BEVERLY GLENN COPELAND
Beverly Glenn Copeland studied the classical piano repertoire from ‘cradlehood,’ listening to his father playing the piano four to five hours a day. He went on to study classical music at McGill, and then after a few years of concertizing - singing the European song repertoire - he suddenly felt called to write music that would weave all the different musical cultures he had come to love.
During the course of his lifetime thus far, Glenn has written a large body of music for adults, music for film, three musicals for children, recorded six albums of his songs, and been the recipient of composition awards from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Arts NB. His songs have been performed by various Canadian artists including Rita MacNeil and Jackie Richardson, as well as by the Toronto Pops Orchestra under the direction of David Warrack.
Glenn has also written music for children’s television programs in England, Canada, and the U.S. He also had the wonderful opportunity to spend twenty-five years entertaining kids as a regular actor on the Mr. Dress-Up Show.
Because of the success of his recent re-release, Keyboard Fantasies, Glenn has been called back to the performing stage. He will be performing his compositions with a small orchestra in Toronto and again in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre this summer.
At Sappyfest Glenn will be performing accompanied by Sally Wright, principal flautist for the New Brunswick Symphony.