At the Around The Piano Christmas special this weekend Clare Gleeson of Wellington will share some of the interesting stories behind New Zealand's famous Begg's music stores.
Mrs Gleeson, who is a great-great- granddaughter of Charles Begg [the firm's founder], will bring copies of her new book Meet Me At Begg's to sell before and after the show, and she is happy to autograph copies.
David Dell, the show's director, says that "Many people will remember visiting Begg's music stores, as the shops were a hugely important part of New Zealand's music and social history, selling pianos, organs, gramophones, radios, televisions and, of course, sheet music.
"Interestingly enough, Upper Hutt even had a sub-branch that opened in the mid 1960s." As well as Mrs Gleeson telling a little of the Begg's story, Clare Derby and John Morrison will also play some classic Kiwi piano solos published by Begg's.
The show will also feature the Take Note Singers, who have prepared some Christmas and summer songs to get people into the Christmas mood; and Mr Dell's lively patter between the songs, along with plenty of community singing and humour, will make for a great afternoon's entertainment.
The event will be at Heretaunga Christian Centre, 51 Lane St, Upper Hutt, this Sunday, December 2, at 2pm. Entry $10 seniors/kids, $12 adults/waged. No bookings needed; pay at the door.
- Upper Hutt Leader