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John Kenny & Antony Clare

The Voice of the Carnyx. New Music for Trombone & the Celtic Carnyx

Sunday 29 November, 3pm
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Annachiara Gedda Echoes
Ronald MacNiven Gotham Soliloquy
John Kenny The Cry of the Wolf
Dorian Kelly DR1
John Kenny The Voice of the Carnyx

Celebrated trombonist and carnyx player John Kenny performs a selection of new works for trombone chosen from our international call for scores. The programme will also feature two works by Kenny for the ancient Celtic war horn, the carnyx.

In 1993 Kenny became the first person for 2000 years to play the great iron age Celtic war horn known as the carnyx. He has since gone on to compose and perform on the instrument touring internationally, in the concert hall, on radio, television, and film.



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About the artists (click to expand)

John Kenny sits with musical instruments around him

Trombonist, composer and actor, John Kenny has performed and broadcast as a soloist in over 50 nations as an interpreter of contemporary, jazz and early music. He is also a founder member of the European Music Archaeology Project and in 1993 became the first person for 2000 years to play the great Celtic war horn known as the carnyx. He is professor of trombone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and of sackbut at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and regularly gives masterclasses and lectures at conservatoires and universities throughout Europe, the USA and Asia.

Anthony Clare photographed looking over a piano

Antony Clare is a teacher, performer and composer who was born and lives in Nottingham, UK. He read music at York University and has subsequently combined piano and clarinet teaching with a range of performing activities. He is one half of the duo SCAW (with Sarah Watts, bass clarinet/contra-bass clarinet), who have given many concerts and world premiere performances throughout the UK and abroad.

As a composer, Antony has (amongst other things) many crazy pieces for one or more bass clarinets to his name. His music has been performed in the UK, Europe and the USA.

About the composers (click to expand)

Photo of Gedda AnnachiaraAnnachiara Gedda (Turin 1986) studied composition at the Turin Conservatory with Giorgio Colombo Taccani and in 2015 took a Master’s Degree in composition cum laude. In 2019 she took a II Level Master’s Degree at the Milan Conservatory. She attended masterclasses with Bacalov, Corghi, Fedele, Furrer, Hosokawa, Jarrell, López López and Murail. Winner or special mention in several national and international composition competitions - among which the Tour Takemitsu Composition Award and the Valentino Bucchi prize - her works have been performed in Italy and abroad during various important music festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Biennale di Venezia (IT), Gmem Festival les Musiques (FR). Some of her pieces have been published by Sconfinarte, Bèrben and Universal Edition.

Portrait photo of Doran KellyDorian Kelly studied trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music (Junior Department) and Trinity College of Music. After leaving college he worked as a freelance trumpet player and instrumental music teacher. In 2005 Dorian switched his attention to composition and has composed the music for over 30 short films, animations and documentaries and has had over 200 media music tracks published, resulting in broadcast usage in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe. In 2010 Dorian returned to studying and completed an ALCM and an LLCM (Composition) with the London College of Music. He has composed numerous choral works (SATB, SSA & TTBB) and ensemble concert pieces. He is the musical director of Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and The Oldham Choir, an examiner for Trinity College London and a brass teacher for Bradford Music & Arts Service (including working with groups of hearing impaired children).

Photo of Ronald MacNivenRonald MacNiven has held several positions with ensembles around the world including The National Chamber Orchestra of South Africa and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. After returning to higher education in 2013, recent performances have included Tanabata, performed Sound Festival in Aberdeen 2015, and a string octet entitled Oirthir Gàidheal. Written for Oboe, French Horn and Harpsichord, Cassiopeaia Dances formed part of Glasgow University’s centenary commemorations of Debussy’s death in 2018. His most recent work, La Mort Parfumée, for flute quartet was premiered in Kirkcaldy in April 2019. Among his other interests he lists detective fiction, philately and Sudoku puzzles.

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