Gawain Glenton plays the cornett, an instrument that, in the 18th century, practically became extinct. Which is amazing when you think it was once “the most popular wind instrument in Europe”.
“The cornett is an entirely different instrument from the modern cornet” he says (note the double ‘t’ and that the stress is on the second syllable). “It’s a hybrid instrument, carved in wood with holes like a recorder, which is then bound in leather, with a mouthpiece made of horn like that of a trumpet. There is absolutely no modern equivalent. It was unique in that it could be played loud or soft, in any key, and it could imitate the sound and articulation of the human voice.”
Brighton Early Music Festival runs from the 26th of October to the 11th of November. See full programme