Old Speckled Hen clucks Beethoven's Ode to Joy

Jonathan Vincent has found an extraordinary way to combine his two great passions: beer and music. The Old Speckled Hen enthusiast and professional musician has created a unique musical instrument from 36 bottles and 24 pint glasses of beer and produced a version of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

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Vincent recorded his creation, which he has named Ode to Hen, in his garden shed, and sent it to Old Speckled Hen’s brewers, Greene King.  They offered to have it filmed professionally at a live performance.

Fittingly, the professional recording of Ode to Hen took place in a pub.  Vincent and Graham Mann, a musician friend who accompanied him, donned tuxedoes.  Vincent comments that “The creation and tuning of the instrument was particularly enjoyable, mainly because it involved drinking the excess beer with friends!”

Old Speckled Hen brewer John Bexon says, “It’s great to see Old Speckled Hen has inspired such creativity and devotion in one of its fans.”  When he's not drinking beer or using its containers to make music, Jonathan Vincent is a media composer and classically trained percussionist and pianist.

See Jonathan performing Ode to Hen on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE2dE8X2oac .