Jingling Johnny

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra commissioned this instrument 2018.

The Jingling Johnny, or Turkish Crescent, is a unique instrument that has a fantastic history. Known in Europe since the 16th century and gathering interest during the 18th century as part of Turkish Janissary bands, you can read more about it here.

The main bell and bottom crescent were salvaged from a junked French Horn; the bottom jingles are a combination of teaspoons and bottle tops; the top crescent is a piece of Charity Shop costume jewellery, and the pink glitter is courtesy of HollyandTed.