Matthew Herbert: The Horse

Defying Convention

Accidental Records


Maverick musician Matthew Herbert’s latest experimental work, “The Horse,” ingeniously utilizes an entire horse’s skeleton to craft music, employing flutes hewn from thigh bones, bows fashioned from hair, and sinew strings. Teaming up with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Herbert ventures into uncharted territory with a piece that defies convention.

To capture the essence of this groundbreaking project, we collaborated with Accidental Records and the Barbican to produce a full-length concert film shot in the prestigious Barbican Main Hall. This film offers viewers a multisensory experience, immersing them in the innovative fusion of music and history that defines “The Horse.”

In “The Horse,” Herbert traverses through time, evoking echoes of ancient cave paintings from Spain to Emily Wilding Davidson’s tragic demise at Epsom in 1913.