Fruit and veg gets musical makeover at Hemsworth school

Year seven pupils from Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy making their own musical instruments out of fruit and veg.'Macy Clay (front)'Tyler Riley, Wiktoria Manczak, Ciaran Wainwright, Shannon Lawton-Ayre, Kieran Hanley
Year seven pupils from Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy making their own musical instruments out of fruit and veg.'Macy Clay (front)'Tyler Riley, Wiktoria Manczak, Ciaran Wainwright, Shannon Lawton-Ayre, Kieran Hanley

Healthy eating was given a musical slant at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy as youngsters turned fruit and veg into instruments.

Year seven pupils at the school set up the vegetable orchestra as part of a project run with Wakefield arts organisation Faceless.

The youngsters used their creativity to create musical instruments using organic watermelons as a drum, carrots as woodwind, bell peppers as shakers and leeks as drum sticks to make different sounds.

Stephen Foster, academy vice principal, said: “The students converted a range of fruit and vegetables as part of a project which helped them understand the mechanics and science of making sounds.

“The event was themed around healthy eating, but also focused on transferable skills, team building and co-operation.

“Because we are an arts academy it gave them chance to use their creativity and have fun.”

A presentation event was then held to show parents what their children had been doing in school.

During the presentation, each section of the orchestra explained how they had made their instruments, demonstrated their sounds and then performed their own music before finishing with an ensemble.

The academy’s sixth form hospitality students also helped with the project.

Mr Foster hopes to organise similar events in future.

He said: “The next event will be based around baking flavoured bread, with help from Time Bakery in Wakefield and parents will have the opportunity to come in and try it.”