The carnyx was a wind instrument of the Iron Age Celts, The bell was styled in the shape of an open-mouthed boar's, or other animal's, head. It was used in warfare, probably to incite troops to battle and intimidate opponents, In recent years it has been resuscitated and various works written for it although it remains a minority taste. It is however entirely relevant to classical music in Scotland today. Two of the most respected music critics in Scotland, Ken Walton of The Scotsman and Keith Bruce of The Herald have just started up a new website voxcarnyx.com. What they don't know about classical music in Scotland is quite frankly not worth knowing. We can expect listings and recommendations, in depth interviews with major figures, reviews of recordings and concerts as well as pithy thoughts about the classical world and where it needs to go next in these weird and challenging times. It will be as interesting for audiences as for those in the business and has already been welcomed with open arms as a piece of good news amongst all the gloom.
Have a read of VoxCarnyx and follow it. It is a rattling good read. I'm addicted already.