Mu­sic from the past re­turns to en­ter­tain

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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.

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