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Cookham Dean pupils use junk to make musical instruments

James Harrison

James Harrison

Pieces of junk were made to go pink, plank and plunk for a day of special music lessons.

Pupils at Cookham Dean CE Primary School were treated to a series of workshops on Friday.

The sessions were run by the Ding Foundation, a collaboration between a composer and a designer who make their own sets and instruments to create the specific sounds they want for their performances.

The activities are intended to make youngsters take a fresh look at everyday objects they would normally throw away and consider instead what new role they could find for them.

And with just a few pointers they were able to bring the class together into a junk orchestra.

Year five teacher Penny Thompson said: “It was a fantastic day.

“The children made a variety of instruments out of all sorts of junk and produced all sorts of sounds.”

She continued: “It was a great opportunity to do something different.”


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