In Manchester, Robert Clarke started manufacturing his whistles and, as the years went by, his whistles became world famous under their definitive name - PENNY WHISTLE. The Clarke Pennywhistle Company has been producing penny whistles from the mid-nineteenth century to this very day. Some famous musicians made their start in music with these instruments. In fact, James Galway, the world-renowned flautist, first learnt to play on a Clarke Pennywhistle. No other whistle can match the original Clarke Penny Whistle's clear, flute-like tone quality.