Thursday 9 July 6.30pm
The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
£25.00 (£23.00 concessions | £6.00 under 35)
Reiko Ichise trumpet marine, viols
Jean Kelly trumpet marine, harps
Clare Salaman trumpet marine, nyckelharpa
Sam Stadlen trumpet marine, viols
with Steven Player dancer, actor, musician
The Trumpet Marine Project
For their latest ground-breaking project, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments proudly revives the ‘trumpet marine’. A towering, single-stringed instrument with a host of resonating or sympathetic strings, it was a trumpet-substitute for the use of nuns but also an unusual vehicle for virtuosic musical display in the late 17th century. Despite its magnificent sound and appearance, it fell out of circulation in the late 18th century and has rarely been seen or heard since. Now, for the first time in 345 years, four trumpet marines will be heard together in this re-imagining of a ‘A Rare Concert of four Trumpets Marine’ advertised in the London Gazette in 1674. Conjuring the curious sights and compelling sounds of late-17th-century England, SSAI will present old and new works for trumpet marine ensemble and other combinations of exotic musical instruments.
‘their vibrant, carefree virtuosity was as enthralling as ever’ Early Music Today
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