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Busking piano will be back on the waterfront this summer

Wellington’s busking piano will be back on the waterfront this summer.

The newly painted piano will be launched with a carol singing ceremony on the waterfront at 5.30pm on Wednesday 18 December.

“This is the piano which was donated to our Rotary Club by the Stratchan family who wanted a piano on the waterfront which anyone could use,” says Rick Hughes of the Port Nicholson Rotary Club, “so that the people of Wellington could enjoy impromptu music while strolling on the waterfront.”

“It’s been a raging success since it was launched in November last year, he said.

(Early admirers were Prince Charles and his wife Camilla who were on an official waterfront walk about on the Prince’s 64th birthday in 2012and were treated to a royal rendition of Happy Birthday.)

The piano is kept at the Tuatua Café, and wheeled out by the café staff when the sun shines. People come and play and entertain each other with whatever tunes take their fancy.

“There are donation boxes which have raised several hundred dollars in the past year which we have used to support a range of projects and causes,” Rick says.

“The piano has been repainted and now that the weather seems to have settled down we are launching the buskers’ piano summer season with a carol singing session next Wednesday.”
When Wednesday 18 December
Time 5.30pm for about an hour
Where Outside Tuatua café - Frank Kitts Promenade near the Lagoon
Event Launch of busker piano summer season with carol singing

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