News and Events

  • The programme of the International Conference that will take place at the Venaria Reale Palace (Centro Conservazione e Restauro "La Venaria Rele") on February 20-21 is available for download. The works will be followed by a concert open to a wider public (Feb. 21st 17.30 h) in the Hall of Diana. The Hall is decorated with the original cycle of paintings (1659-1661) by Jan Miel which depict various phases of vènerie at the court of Savoy, showing about 20 circular horns. The paintings are quite possibly the earliest european iconographical source for the employment of circular horns in hunting.

    The practice "The musical Art of Hunting Horn players" will undergo UNESCO evaluation in the year 2020 (for details on the application click here). The international application (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg)  refers to the nomination of the art in the UNESCO representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanities. In this phase the application only refers to the french hunting horn, trompe de chasse, but the common origin of the instrument and practice at 17th century europen courts hunting ceremonial, and the parallel impact in diffferent musical contexts, as art music, might involve, hopefully, a further more inclusive application.

  • Members are reminded that nominations for the next Christopher Monk Award should  be received  by the Chairman of the Christopher Monk Award Committee by February 1, 2020. Details of the award and the processes attached to it can be found under the ‘Awards’ tab of this site.

  • The 2020 edition of the trumpet-building course taught by Bob Barclay will again take place in Cambridge, UK, on July 4-8. As always, participants will make a reproduction of a 1632 natural trumpet by Hainlein. Further information on this educational (and fun) experience is available at the Cambridge Woodwind Makers website