Support for public pianos

Last updated 12:00 29/03/2014

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Nelson streets could be more alive with the sounds of music very soon with the installation of public pianos.

Joe Gibbons, Joe Rifici and Neville Claughton brought the idea of public pianos to the Nelson City Council's community services committee in January as TSB and Starbucks were enthusiastic to have pianos outside their locations, but wanted council approval.

At a meeting on Thursday there was strong support from the committee as it recommended the council support installing two public pianos in the city.

Mr Claughton said he already had one piano ready to go out the front of Sprig and Fern and another nearly ready that was waiting to be artistically painted.

Nelson would be joining a plethora of cities which have installed public pianos including London, Sydney, Barcelona, New York and Toowoomba.

The council will decide on the idea on April 17 and committee chair Pete Rainey said it would be highly unlikely for the proposal to change.

Mr Rainey said it would hopefully add spontaneity, great music, and a sense of fun to the city.

Mr Gibbons said he was rapt with the council's support and was impressed by councillors' sincerity.

The council will not fund the tuning of the pianos, which is likely to cost $1000 a year. Mr Gibbons said it would most likely come from corporate sponsorship.

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- The Nelson Mail

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