Red piano on the piazza strikes nostalgic chord

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Tickling the ivories .. Adrian Mann plays a tune on his red piano during an impromptu concert in Timaru last week. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

by Alexia Johnston

Adrian Mann and his red piano attracted an audience of passersby on Timaru’s piazza last week.
Mr Mann, who made headlines after he built a 5.7m “Alexander Piano” in South Canterbury in 2009, was in Timaru on Tuesday for a one-off impromptu concert.
He made the journey from Dunedin, where he is now based.
Among those who visited the piazza for the afternoon performance was his long-time friend Janice Prestidge, of Timaru.
She had played the piano as part of a similar performance earlier this month at Dunedin’s St Clair Beach.
“One lady put a note in the [collection] hat to say that she was sorry she didn’t have any coins, but absolutely loved the music [of the] 1920s to 1930s,” Mrs Prestidge said, following the Dunedin performance.
“I think it was that same lady that came up and gave me a hug [and said] that I had taken her back years because that’s the song that her mum and dad danced to around the kitchen.”
Mr Mann suggested they did a similar performance in Timaru.
“I thought why not in lovely Timaru,” Mrs Prestidge said.
Mr Mann said people’s reactions to the performances were “very nice”.
“I think people appreciate good music ..
“People have left nice messages in the hat as well as coins.”
He plans to return to Timaru for another performance next month.