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Pupils at Northampton International Academy find Nemo a musical delight!

Posted on: 06/03/2019

Northampton International Academy is hosting a special guest – an interactive water instrument called Nemo designed to teach people about the River Nene.

Nemo was commissioned by Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) for use in a piece of music about the River Nene. When played, its two large wheels turn and water spills down, creating a splashing sound.

Nemo featured in three special performances, including one at the Royal Albert Hall, and has toured various visitor centres, museums, country parks and national events over the past 12 months before arriving at Northampton International Academy this month.

Facilitated by Nenescape, a National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Landscape Partnership Scheme, Nemo’s time at Northampton International Academy forms an exciting part of the five-year programme of celebrating and restoring the Nene Valley and its heritage.

The instrument will be housed at the school until June during which time he will be used in various workshops with pupils.

Headteacher Tim Marston said: “We’re delighted that NMPAT invited us to host Nemo until the summer. It has been wonderful to see our pupils learning about Nemo and getting hands-on with the controls.”

Peter Smalley, chief executive of NMPAT, said: “We are so excited that Nemo is now going to be spending time at Northampton International Academy where he can continue to inspire and engage many more children with the River Nene and its rich history.”

Photographed are reception class pupils Naomi Dociu, Willow Johnson, Millie Martin and Messiah White with Nemo.

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