A COUPLE, who run an instrument repair shop, are set to feature in a show that challenges the country’s finest instrument makers to create an orchestra out of recycled materials.
Woodhead Horn Repair Ltd, is set to appear on BBC4’s show Scrapheap Orchestra, along with other instrument makers across the UK in helping to put together the orchestra.
Couple Luke and Heidi Woodhead, who own the Ampthill shop, made four French horns for the show, which were made out of junk materials including papier mache, lampshades, central heating piping and hosepipes.
Heidi, 34, said: “We saw an advert that they were looking for instrument makers to take part, but they actually got in touch with us because a couple of manufacturers had put us forward.
“We basically made four French horns out of recyclable materials. It was quite a lot of hard work, because we did it on top of our normal job of running the shop and doing repairs.
“I’m really goad we took part though because it was actually quite inspiring and interesting to look at different ways you can make instruments,
“At the moment we just repair horns, but we are looking to start manufacturing our own instruments in the future, so from that side it was particularly interesting for us.”
Scrapheap Orchestra airs on Sunday and will see inspirational conductor Charles Hazlewood lead the challenge, charging a group of the UK’s top instrument makers with the mission of transforming junk, broken furniture and the contents of roadside skips into an orchestra of instruments.
He then conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, playing only scrap instruments, in the hope of performing a flawless medley of three classical pieces at the BBC Proms., which was held in September.
And everybody involved in the show got to attend the special performance at the Proms to see the orchestra play at the Royal Albert Hall.
Heidi, who lives in Ashburnham Road, Ampthill with her husband Luke and their three-year-old daughter, added: “At first they came down to the shop quite a lot for filming. It was quite weird knowing we were being filmed for television.
“As with any documentary they wanted to try to film all the dramatic moments, like the first time we took the papier mache off and that type of thing. But then they just kind of left us to it. It was good fun and it was great to be able to actually see the orchestra at the end.
“I used to play the French horn before, so I obviously was involved in the playing side then, but now we don’t really get to see the end result because we give the repaired instruments back and that’s the last we hear about it.
“I really enjoyed being involved in the Proms and getting to see the orchestra actually play our instruments.”
Catch the show on BBC4 at 9.30pm on Sunday (December 11).