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The Society of Strange & Ancient Instruments.
The Society of Strange & Ancient Instruments.


  • Event 19: The Trumpet Marine Project
  • Thursday 9 July 6.30pm
    The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
    £25.00 (£23.00 concessions | £6.00 under 35)
    Venue: NCEM

    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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