John Kenny has performed and broadcast in over 50 nations. He is internationally acclaimed for his interpretation of contemporary music, but also works with jazz and early music, frequently presenting his own compositions. He is particularly active in collaborations with dance and theatre: in 1983 he began his long collaboration with TNT Theatre and playwright Paul Stebbings, performing, composing and directing the music for productions which continue to tour worldwide, including Cabaret Faust, Tempest Now, The Wizard of Jazz, Moby Dick, Moon Palace, The Taming of The Shrew, and Romeo & Juliet, The Wave, and The Mystery of Illiam Dhone. His past commissions have included the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the International Trombone Association, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust, Chamber Group of Scotland, Dance Umbrella, St. Magnus Festival, BBC Proms in The Park, American Drama Group Europe, The New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas (USA) and the Festival d’ Angers, France, Vokal Nord (Norway), CCMIX Institut (France).
John Kenny is a professor for the interpretation of contemporary music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and professor of sackbut at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow. Since the early 1990’s he has also become increasingly involved with musical archaeology, and in 1993 he became the first person for 2000 years to play the great Celtic war horn known as the carnyx, and now lectures and performs on the instrument internationally, in the concert hall, and on radio, television, and film. In March 2003 he performed his composition “The Voice of The Carnyx” to an audience of 65,000 in the Stade De France, Paris. In 2009 he undertook a month long lecture recital tour of the USA which included the world premier of his composition “Wild Stone” for alto flute and carnyx, and released his seventh solo album, “Embracing the Unknown” for trombone with harp & string quartet. Recent highlights have included touring Europe acting in the leading role of “The Mystery of Poe” and composing music for “The Merchant of Venice” and “Martin Luther King and the American Dream” with the American Drama Group of Europe. As a founder member of EMAP (European Music Archaeology Project) he has helped to bring to fruition the reconstruction of the magnificent Tintignac Carnyx, discovered in the Dordogne region of France. In 2017 he was honoured with s Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Trombone Association.