Livestream from lockdown | VIDEO | John Kenny on ancient Celtic instruments

As part of our fundraiser for The Felix Project, in this exclusive lecture for The Cusp, from April 30th 2020, John Kenny, trombonist, actor and professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, presented a show-and-tell on ancient Celtic brass instruments.

In 1993, Kenny became the first person for 2000 years to play the great Celtic war horn known as the carnyx, a huge trumpet that was shaped to resemble a wild boar with the decoration mirroring the folds of skin around the boar’s face. Since then, he has devoted much of his career  to reconstructing the many lip reed instruments of antiquity, including the magnificent Tintignac Carnyx, recently discovered in the Dordogne region of France.

In this talk he gives us a tour of his ancient horn collection and tells us what these instruments reveal about the people who originally played them.

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