Classical music played on everyday objects will be among the more unusual attractions at this year’s Porthleven Food and Music Festival.
Normally serious musicians of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have accepted an invitation to appear as part of the Young Person’s Festival, part of the main festival of April 20, and will showing how basic instruments can be made from some unlikely materials.
There will be a performance of the William Tell Overture on a watering can, before everyone can join in creating music from hose pipes and funnels to form a Hose Pipe Band.
Miguel Belert, deputy chair of the festival committee who is putting together the young festival activities, said: “We’re honoured that members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are really looking forward to working with the children of the village and visitors. It’s a mark of how far the Porthleven Food and Music Festival has grown in importance.”
Also attending will be Cornwall Music Education Hub and Cornwall Youth Brass Ensemble.
Other events at the Young Person’s Festival will include a two-hour session of drama games and exercises with Cube Theatre for budding actors and actresses, the first official performance of Helston College Dance Group and Padstow’s National Lobster Hatchery bringing newly-hatched baby lobsters to help demonstrate their long lifecycle before they’re caught and eaten.
This fits in with the festival’s theme this year of ‘Sourced from the Sea’.
“We’re making big differences this year,” said Miguel. “One of these is putting the young festival in the shipyard instead of out on the Moors, where there is always a danger of cancellation because of rain. This will put activities in the young marquee right at the lively heart of things where they belong and our thanks go to Harbour and Dock for making this possible.
“It should be unmissable this year. We hope we have something for everyone.”