John Kenny

John Kenny (b1957)

Trombonist, composer and actor – John Kenny has performed and broadcast as a soloist in over 60 nations as an interpreter of contemporary, jazz and early music. Since 1983 he has been musical director of the TNT Theatre Company and American Drama Group Europe, collaborating with director Paul Stebbings in productions which have toured Europe, Asia and the USA.

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, as well as in the concert hall and on film, television and radio. This work has continued with European Music Archaeology Project, with the rediscovery of the Tintignac Carnyx and Etruscan litus and Cornu.

He is a professor at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 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. In 2017 John Kenny was the recipient of the International Trombone Association Lifetime Achievement Award, one of only two British players ever to have been accorded this honour.

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