Grand performer moves
Piano gets purpose built home
The Bluethner grand piano, which has a starring role in most concerts organised by the South Waikato Music Society, has been moved.
What’s more it is in a purposebuilt auditorium for the first time in its 35-year life.
The piano was shifted in late September from the timber museum to The Plaza.
The move was carried out with help from Van Dyks who gave the society free use of a truck and several staff for the shift. Also helping with the heavy lifting were several Putaruru College students.
The piano started its life in the Timberlands Hotel, Tokoroa, after the newly formed Tokoroa Music Society bought it in 1975.
Moved in 1977 to the Tokoroa High School hall, it was shifted again in 1991 to the Tokoroa Baptist Church.
In 1994 the now renamed South Waikato Music Society moved the piano to the New Zealand Timber Museum.
Van Dyks did the move then too.
South Waikato District Council has helped fund the piano’s new storage area in the theatre.
The Plaza, which is a multipurpose arts and entertainment venue, will now become the home of the Music Society’s concerts.
Other groups can also ask permission to use the piano so in its new location it should be more accessible as an asset to the community.
The society is celebrating the move with a concert this Friday night featuring two young cellists from Waikato University who are travelling to Beijing this month to compete internationally.
Proceeds from the concert will help fund their expenses.
HEAVE HO: Van Dyks’ staff and Putaruru College students carry a grand piano out of the timber museum.