Find the best English horn lessons, instructors, and classes on HeyKiki and learn how to play the english horn. Here's an interesting piece of history: the English horn is not from England. The first cor anglais (another term for it) was used in Silesia, a region in between the Czech Republic and Germany. Part of the woodwind family, the English horn is very similar to an oboe, in that it is a double-reed wooded instrument with keys. Its pitches, however, are a bit lower than the oboe and it is used normally in concertos and orchestras.