Carnyx and Cornu

They may sound like two French cartoon characters, but they are in fact ancient musical instruments. We have replicas of both, which have just been tweeked to perfection by the wonderful Packers of Wellington. The carnyx is based on the Iron Age find from Deskford in Scotland and was probably played in battles and ritual occassions (possibly also weddings and funerals for the right price). The cornu is a Roman military horn that was also used to provide stirring accompaniment to gladiatorial games, often in combination with the water organ (hydraulis). If you want to hear their uniques sound you can, at 12 midday on Saturday 9th of July 2022, as part of the Sound of the Streets Festival in Taunton (by the Castle Hotel). A sound not to be missed.

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