A solo lecture/recital by John Kenny, The Mouthpiece of the Gods, tells the story of the reconstruction of the Carnyx, the iconic Iron Age Celtic instrument, and the evolution of the great family of lip reed (brass) instruments. His talk at the Assembly Rooms in Presteigne will be generously illustrate on many instruments from the pre-historic onwards.

Trombonist, composer and actor, John Kenny is internationally acclaimed for his interpretation of contemporary music, having performed and broadcast in over 50 nations. He also works extensively with improvisation and early music and is particularly active in collaboration with dance and theatre.

John is a professor at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has lectured and performed at many of the world’s leading conservatoires and music colleges. He is a founder member of the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) and, in 1993, became the first person to play the carnyx in possibly 2000 years. He lectures and performs on the carnyx internationally. In March 2003 he performed his composition “The Voice of The Carnyx” to an audience of 65,000 in the Stade De France, Paris.

This event is part of Knucklas17, a unique one-day family event, with an underlying Iron Age theme which takes place on Saturday at Knucklas Castle.

Tickets for The Mouthpiece of the Gods tomorrow (August 18) at the Assembly Rooms in Presteigne at 7.30pm, are available on line at www.ticketsource.co.uk/knucklas-castle-community-land-project