Hear it Live!

Join us to hear performances and talks based on the variety and diversity of our musical instrument collection.

Returning to the Horniman by popular demand, this month’s Hear it Live! offers a unique opportunity to experience Letty Stott’s captivating performance on the conch shell and other unconventional horn instruments!

Letty Stott

11 July

Letty Stott is one of the UK’s most innovative and versatile horn players. As a multi-genre orchestral and chamber musician, she has worked with major orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and many others.

Letty has developed her career as a specialist musician, working with unusual forms of horn. These range from conch shells and natural instruments, to Tibetan Dung Chen horns and ancient forms of horn including Cornu, Karnyx and Salpinx. In 2023, among other projects, she worked with film composer Lior Rosner (Game of Thrones, X-Men Apocalypse) on Echoes of the Ancients, a piece written for Letty and trombonist John Kenny.

About Hear it Live!

Hear it Live! often includes performances on our four historical keyboard instruments, three of which, from the former Finchcocks Musical Museum, were restored to playing condition thanks to National Lottery funding.

The instruments are:

  • A rare surviving example of a signed Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668;
  • A beautifully-preserved square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777;
  •  A 1772 Kirckman harpsichord; and
  • A handsome English chamber organ, possibly by Joseph Beloudy, London, c.1800.

Find details of previous performances you can still watch below.

Watch one of the previous performances


The Hear It Live! recordings were made possible through the generosity of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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