Junk Orchestra

Junk Orchestra
Junk Orchestra
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Junk Music

A new type of orchestra, made up from different items of junk, has been set up in Wooler. Inspired by the percussion ensembles of other cultures, particularly the rich-sounding gamelan orchestras of Bali and Java, the local community music project wanted to pursue a similar idea using scrap metal. Materials for the recently created Junk orchestra were kindly donated and assembled by local firm Glendale Engineering.

Y5 and 5 pupils of Glendale Middle school participated in the first of a series of workshops in July 2023, using the hanging metal tubes, blocks and tubes to try out different rhythmic patterns and invent their own short compositions. A generous grant from Creative UK, enabled Wooler Arts not only to commission frames from Glendale Engineering on which to hang the ‘instruments’ but also to make other necessary purchases, and to engage workshop leaders to direct the children in their first encounters with the Junk Orchestra. Watch this space for forthcoming performances from the newly formed group.


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