Carnyx Brass was established in 2007, and gave their debut performance in a live performance from Glasgow Green as part of the BBC Proms in the Park, watched by a live audience of over 3,000 and broadcast nationally and internationally. Although the group expands to quintet and larger for specific projects, the core of the group is the trio of Paul Archibald, trumpet, Etienne Cutajar, horn, and John Kenny, trombone. Their mission is both to interpret the distinguished existing repertoire for brass trio, and to expand that repertoire through the commissioning of new works: their debut performance featured Balvennie Castle, commissioned by the BBC from John Kenny for trumpet, horn, and the 2000 year old Celtic war horn called a carnyx, from which the group takes its name. The trio has subsequently performed throughout Scotland, commissioning new works from Peter Longworth, Timothy Cooper, and Etienne Rolin.
In addition to the 20th Century trio repertoire, Carnyx Brass offers their own interpretations of works by Renaissance masters, and each performer offers solo works from their established repertoire.
Carnyx Brass play the President’s Palace Courtyard, Valletta on 8th July 2010 at 21.00hrs. Tickets €15, concessions €10.