John Kenny

John Kenny has performed and broadcast as a soloist in over 60 nations as an interpreter of contemporary, jazz and early music, and is active as a trombonist, composer and actor. Since 1983 he has been musical director of the TNT Theatre Company and American Drama Group Europe, composing and directing music for productions which have toured every continent except Antarctica in a long-term collaboration with director and playwright Paul Stebbings. In 1993 he became the first person for 2,000 years to play the great Celtic war horn known as the Deskford carnyx, developing a repertoire for this rediscovered voice that can be heard on eight CDs. He now lectures and performs on the carnyx internationally in the concert hall and on radio, television and film. In March 2003 he performed his composition The Voice of the Carnyx to an audience of 65,000 in the Stade de France, Paris. In 2009 he undertook a monthlong lecture recital tour of the USA which included the world premiere of his composition Wild Stone for alto flute and carnyx. John Kenny is a professor at both the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is regularly invited to give masterclasses and lectures at conservatoires and universities throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. As a founder member of the European Music Archaeology Project he has collaborated on the reconstruction of many lip reed instruments of antiquity, including the magnificent Tintignac carnyx heard on the present recording, and the Etruscan litus and cornu.