Music from the past returns to entertain
While many people were away enjoying their summer holidays, the director of the Around The Piano shows has been busy sorting songs and piano music for the new season.
David Dell draws on the millions of pieces of sheet music held in the Sheet Music Archive of New Zealand and says it isn’t an onerous task.
‘‘It’s great fun looking through some of the wonderful old songs of yesteryear and finding gems that will eventually find their way into our shows. There’s so much of value in here, and some amazing stories that help to bring the songs and music to life.’’
Dell says the Around The Piano shows, that began in Porirua last month and have been running in Lower Hutt since June last year, ‘‘ revive the old piano solos and heritage songs that used to be an integral part of the lives of our grandparents’ generation’’.
‘‘ I remember stories from my childhood of evenings spent in the lounge of a neighbour with someone playing the piano and friends sitting around the room joining in the songs of the day. Someone might sing a solo, someone else might play a special piece on the piano or guitar – and the evenings would be filled with the joy of music as the hours flew by.’’
Around The Piano shows are now running on a monthly basis in Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Kapiti.
The February shows, because they fall in the week of Waitangi Day, will focus on some of the songs about New Zealand and ‘‘songs from some of the lands from which we came to New Zealand’’, he says.
Martin Haua of Lower Hutt is the guest soloist
Around The Piano, February 1, Elim Church auditorium, 11 Heriot Dr, Porirua, 1pm till 2.30pm, $12 adults – $10 seniors/teens/kids. Door sales only.
David Dell in search of old music for his monthly Around the Piano shows. this month. He, along with experienced pianist John Sargent, will open the pages of some more nostalgic music. There will also be the usual blend of community singing and the stories and images behind the music.
The Porirua shows, which are held on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month, start again today in the auditorium of the Elim Church at 11 Heriot Dr.
Hunt through yesteryear: