The Trumpet Marine Project

by The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th October 2017 we successfully raised £8,820 with 155 supporters in 27 days

Help The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments bring the rare and magnificent Trumpet Marine back to life!

by The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Your support makes all the difference, and with our new stretch target we have an opportunity to make even more headway with The Trumpet Marine Project.

  • Extra funding will mean that we can offer performances to more venues with smaller budgets and cheaper ticket prices, and it will enable us to provide free workshops for anyone who is interested in finding out more about this amazing instrument.
  • The more money we can raise through crowdfunding the more we can ask for from our funders. If we can show wide public support for the project, above and beyond our original target, it will prove to our funders that we already have an engaged and excited audience and they'll be even keener to jump on board.
  • With extra funding we can shore up the legacy of this project. Four, working, bespoke trumpet marines and four expert players will reach a generation of musicians. We would like to make the instruments freely available to students and to provide guidance in learning to play them. Your support would enable us to do this for minimum or no cost.

So please help us make The Trumpet Marine Project even more inclusive by donating towards our stretch target. Every pledge counts!


We need to raise £7,000 by the 19th of October to build three trumpet marines and re-imagine an astonishing 17th-century musical event.

Watch the short video (above) to find out more!

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments champions rare and exotic instruments from past centuries and our performance projects celebrate a musical heritage which includes extraordinary and unexpected sights and sounds. Since 2010 we've performed in over 70 venues and festivals, made two CDs and been heard frequently on national radio. We're now embarking on our most ambitious project yet and we'd love your help in getting it off the ground!


The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments is on a mission to revive THE TRUMPET MARINE, a towering, single-stringed instrument with a host of resonating or sympathetic strings.  It was a trumpet-substitute for nuns and an unusual vehicle for virtuosic musical display in the late 17th and early 18th century, later joining other exotic instruments that captured the imagination of amateur and professional musicians. It fell out of circulation in the late 18th century and has rarely been seen or heard since then, despite its magnificent sound and appearance.


We already own one of these beauties and we want to commission three more to be made by master luthier, Shem Mackey. Four multi-instrumentalists from The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments will learn to play them with virtuosity and elan, and then re-imagine a performance advertised in the London Gazette in 1674 : A Rare Concert of four Trumpets Marine, in the Fleece Tavern, near St James’s, every day in the week, except Sundays. We'll transcribe and arrange 17th-century music for trumpet marine ensemble and other combinations of exotic musical instruments, and we'll commission new works to be written for this unique line-up. It will be the first time in 345 years that four trumpet marines have been heard together! The performance will be toured to venues, festivals, pubs and other more unusual performance settings. We will also record a CD, offer trumpet marine workshops and create a dedicated website. We can't wait!
But first we need to get funding in place and would love your help.

How you can make a difference

We are applying to the Arts Council for a grant to cover most of the research and development costs of the project, but they won't fund it outright. To make the most convincing case in our application, we need to raise £7000 in the next few days.


We have the maker ready to make the instruments and we have festivals committed to hosting performances.

But time is running out...

Our crowdfunding appeal closes on the 19th of October.


We’ve dreamt up some special Rewards to help you to get to know the trumpet marine including:

  • Meet the Maker
  • Sneak-peak: first chance to hear 4 tromba marinas in ensemble together for 343 years (attend a rehearsal)
  • A private Skype tromba marina demonstration
  • A Tromba Marina lesson - instrument provided (for the lesson only!)
  • Name one of our three brand new tromba marinas - with the name to be included on an inscription inside the instrument

Every donation makes a difference.

And if you can help us to spread the word (and the joy!) on Twitter, Facebook and email it would be wonderful.



The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments is now a charity. Tick the gift aid box to make your donation go further.

Find out more about The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments by visiting our website.

This is our first crowdfunding campaign and we couldn't do it without help. Special thanks to Clare Norburn,  Aidan Hendrickse, Shem Mackey, the fabulous Society performers, Bill, Anna and Rachel Salaman, Brian Jones, Jan Hendrickse and YOU - our supporters!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A THANK YOU TWEET from The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

£10 or more

£10 Reward

THE WARM GLOW of knowing that you are helping us to revive the fabulous trumpet marine , and a thank you tweet.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

KNOW AS MUCH AS WE DO! Get quarterly project updates about the progress of the instruments as they are made and as we learn to play them.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

BECOME A SOCIETY MEMBER - and receive a certificate and a member's badge

£50 or more

19 of 40 claimed

£50 Reward

SNEAK PEAK - First chance to hear four trumpet marines in ensemble together for 342 years by attending a rehearsal (2 tickets per donation)

£100 or more

6 of 15 claimed

£100 Reward

MEET THE MAKER - Tea and cakes with master luthier, Shem Mackey (2 tickets per donation)

£150 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£150 Reward

A PRIVATE SKYPE TRUMPET MARINE DEMONSTRATION - and a chance to ask questions about the instrument

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

A TRUMPET MARINE LESSON - instrument provided (for the lesson only!)

£1,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£1,000 Reward

NAME ONE OF OUR THREE BRAND NEW TRUMPET MARINES - the name will be included on the inscription inside the instrument

£2,000 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£2,000 Reward


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