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Musician John Kenny is the first person in hundreds of years to play the carnyx, an ancient bronze Celtic horn.

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John Kenny was born in 1957 in Birmingham. Internationally recognized for his interpretation of contemporary music, he also performs jazz and early music. As a composer, he is particularly active in collaborations with dance and theatre, and this love of theatre is often an important feature of his recital output.

After studying with Harold Nash at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and then on an Arts Council bursary with James Fulkerson, Kenny worked as an actor/musician with the Bubble Theatre in London, then made his debut as a soloist in the Purcell Room in 1982. In 1983 he was a prize-winner at the Gaudeamus International Competition in Holland, and has since given recitals and broadcast worldwide, both as a soloist and with ensembles including Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt and Ensemble Alternance of Paris, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Paragon Ensemble, and the National Orchestras of Romania and Moldova, and the Sofia Philharmonic. In 1984 he was a founder member of the TNT Music Theatre Company, collaborating with playwright Paul Stebbings in productions which continue to tour hundreds of venues throughout Europe, Russia and Japan, and Korea.

In December 2005 Kenny acted as narrator in the premier of his own dramatic setting of the "Book of Revelation" in modern German translation, "Das A und Das O" for trombone, organ, and actor for the Landshut Festival, going on to give performances in Germany & Switzerland with trombonist Michael Buettler & organist Georg Rothenaicre throughout 2006. In June 2006 Kenny premiered his cantata Nocturne for solo trombone and chamber choir in the Arctic Cathedral of Tromso in Norway, with Vokal Nord, and also composed and directed music for The American Drama Group of Europe's production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of The Shrew," which premiered in Singapore and went on to tour the far East and Europe for ten months.

Projects in 2007 included the release of the sixth in his ongoing series of CD albums on the BML label: "The Marshall Plan," in collaboration with the American poet Grantly Marshall, solo performances in France, Portugal, China (including the debut of the European Trombone Ensemble) and Bulgaria, as well as a six month period as the first ever Glenfiddich Composer in Residence in Dufftown. He received a BBC commission to write a trio for trumpet, horn and carnyx, premiered by Carnyx Brass making its televised debut before a live audience of 25,000 at Glasgow's Proms in the Park. He established Trio d'ART with trumpeter Paul Archibald and pianist Helen Reid, during the Dartington International Summer School.

In 2008 John Kenny made his debut as a film director with the release of Secret House concluding a project begun in 2000 with film maker John McGeoch. He also commissioned and toured Scotland with a program of new works, "Embracing The Unknown" for trombone, harp & string quartet with harpist Catriona McKay and the Edinburgh string quartet. In September he was appointed composer in residence at the Le Corbusier convent of La Tourette on behalf of the Xenakis Institut, France.

During 2009 John Kenny composed and directed the score for TNT Music Theatre's production of "Romeo & Juliet," which toured world wide from February 2009 to April 2010. In February and March he undertook a solo recital tour of the USA, including the world premier of new works by composers Annie Guzzo and Rusty Banks in collaboration with American poets Kate Northrop and Harvey L. Hicks. Other highlights included a music theatre collaboration Kuche, Diele, Bad with German composer Thomas Witzman, and a command performance on the carnyx before the Queen of Denmark at Silkeborg Museum, Jutland. In July "Embracing the Unknown" was released as a CD album on the Brass Classics label.

In 2010, Kenny premiered the hour long suite "Tam Lin" at the Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow, in collaboration with clarinettist Dick Lee and pianist James Ross and then toured Germany, Austria and Switzerland for six weeks with TNT Theatre's "The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe" as musician, actor and composer. Other projects included performances and recordings with La Banda Europa, True North Orchestra, Music at the Brewhouse, The Gabrieli Consort and a Carnyx Brass tour to Malta, and the premier by Trio d'ART of new works by Etienne Rolin and Peter Swan. In 2011 Kenny toured the UK with the award winning Music Theate Wales production of Greek by Mark Anthony Turnage, performed at the Salzburg Festival with Ensemble Modern, and launched the trio Pandora's Box with Miguel Tantos de Sevillano and Emily White. Projects in 2012 included lecturing and performing in Poland and Spain, the release of a duo CD/DVD album with Emily White entitled "Secret House," solo performances at the Paris International Trombone Festival and the premiere of a new work for the HeadSpace ensemble by Nigel Osborne at the City of London Festival.

John Kenny lives in Edinburgh, and is a professor at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.

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John Kenny

Musician John Kenny is the first person in hundreds of years to play the carnyx, an ancient bronze Celtic horn.

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John Kenny Biography

John Kenny was born in 1957 in Birmingham. Internationally recognized for his interpretation of contemporary music, he also performs jazz and early music. As a composer, he is particularly active in collaborations with dance and theatre, and this love of theatre is often an important feature of his recital output.

After studying with Harold Nash at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and then on an Arts Council bursary with James Fulkerson, Kenny worked as an actor/musician with the Bubble Theatre in London, then made his debut as a soloist in the Purcell Room in 1982. In 1983 he was a prize-winner at the Gaudeamus International Competition in Holland, and has since given recitals and broadcast worldwide, both as a soloist and with ensembles including Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt and Ensemble Alternance of Paris, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Paragon Ensemble, and the National Orchestras of Romania and Moldova, and the Sofia Philharmonic. In 1984 he was a founder member of the TNT Music Theatre Company, collaborating with playwright Paul Stebbings in productions which continue to tour hundreds of venues throughout Europe, Russia and Japan, and Korea.

In December 2005 Kenny acted as narrator in the premier of his own dramatic setting of the "Book of Revelation" in modern German translation, "Das A und Das O" for trombone, organ, and actor for the Landshut Festival, going on to give performances in Germany & Switzerland with trombonist Michael Buettler & organist Georg Rothenaicre throughout 2006. In June 2006 Kenny premiered his cantata Nocturne for solo trombone and chamber choir in the Arctic Cathedral of Tromso in Norway, with Vokal Nord, and also composed and directed music for The American Drama Group of Europe's production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of The Shrew," which premiered in Singapore and went on to tour the far East and Europe for ten months.

Projects in 2007 included the release of the sixth in his ongoing series of CD albums on the BML label: "The Marshall Plan," in collaboration with the American poet Grantly Marshall, solo performances in France, Portugal, China (including the debut of the European Trombone Ensemble) and Bulgaria, as well as a six month period as the first ever Glenfiddich Composer in Residence in Dufftown. He received a BBC commission to write a trio for trumpet, horn and carnyx, premiered by Carnyx Brass making its televised debut before a live audience of 25,000 at Glasgow's Proms in the Park. He established Trio d'ART with trumpeter Paul Archibald and pianist Helen Reid, during the Dartington International Summer School.

In 2008 John Kenny made his debut as a film director with the release of Secret House concluding a project begun in 2000 with film maker John McGeoch. He also commissioned and toured Scotland with a program of new works, "Embracing The Unknown" for trombone, harp & string quartet with harpist Catriona McKay and the Edinburgh string quartet. In September he was appointed composer in residence at the Le Corbusier convent of La Tourette on behalf of the Xenakis Institut, France.

During 2009 John Kenny composed and directed the score for TNT Music Theatre's production of "Romeo & Juliet," which toured world wide from February 2009 to April 2010. In February and March he undertook a solo recital tour of the USA, including the world premier of new works by composers Annie Guzzo and Rusty Banks in collaboration with American poets Kate Northrop and Harvey L. Hicks. Other highlights included a music theatre collaboration Kuche, Diele, Bad with German composer Thomas Witzman, and a command performance on the carnyx before the Queen of Denmark at Silkeborg Museum, Jutland. In July "Embracing the Unknown" was released as a CD album on the Brass Classics label.

In 2010, Kenny premiered the hour long suite "Tam Lin" at the Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow, in collaboration with clarinettist Dick Lee and pianist James Ross and then toured Germany, Austria and Switzerland for six weeks with TNT Theatre's "The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe" as musician, actor and composer. Other projects included performances and recordings with La Banda Europa, True North Orchestra, Music at the Brewhouse, The Gabrieli Consort and a Carnyx Brass tour to Malta, and the premier by Trio d'ART of new works by Etienne Rolin and Peter Swan. In 2011 Kenny toured the UK with the award winning Music Theate Wales production of Greek by Mark Anthony Turnage, performed at the Salzburg Festival with Ensemble Modern, and launched the trio Pandora's Box with Miguel Tantos de Sevillano and Emily White. Projects in 2012 included lecturing and performing in Poland and Spain, the release of a duo CD/DVD album with Emily White entitled "Secret House," solo performances at the Paris International Trombone Festival and the premiere of a new work for the HeadSpace ensemble by Nigel Osborne at the City of London Festival.

John Kenny lives in Edinburgh, and is a professor at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.

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  • How to book John Kenny?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Kenny for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for John Kenny, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Kenny or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Kenny?

    Booking fees for John Kenny, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Kenny, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Kenny?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Kenny for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Kenny for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Kenny or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Kenny or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Kenny is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book John Kenny for your event is available upon request. John Kenny generally travels from EdinburghUK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bernie Krause, Just a Band, Yaron Herman, Tariq Harb and Tim Exile. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Kenny for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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