Giant piano going on North Island trip

PIANO POWER: Adrian Mann's 5.7m piano will feature in a concert in Auckland.
PIANO POWER: Adrian Mann's 5.7m piano will feature in a concert in Auckland.

The world's largest piano is set to make its first North Island tour at the end of the month.

The piano's builder, Timaru man Adrian Mann, says he is looking forward to accompanying the piano on its latest journey to Auckland and Hamilton at the end of the month.

Mainfreight workers will take the 1.4 tonne piano from its Maungati shed on August 30 to display it at Auckland's KBB instrument shop for a month.

Mann, 25, will accompany the 5.7 metre piano on its trip and take part in workshops with secondary school students.

"Some will be about music, some will be about telling the story of the piano," Mann says.

The piano will then appear in an Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra concert featuring a guest pianist. Mann says the orchestra "were quite keen to get it" for the concert, which will be held at Waitakere's The Trusts Arena.

Mann is glad to see the piano being put to use.

"It can't sit there gathering dust," he said. Further concerts will be held in Hamilton.

The piano has previously travelled to Maungati, Oamaru and Dunedin. Mainfreight's Timaru sales manager Nathan Kippenberger said the firm had moved it before and were glad to bear some of the cost of shifting the piano.

Although the piano is uninsurable and difficult to transport, the firm's workers enjoyed the challenge, he said.

University of Otago music teaching fellow Tom McGrath will play the piano for the final time before its departure at a concert at Alpine Farm, 28 Pareora River Rd on August 29 at 6pm.

Tickets are available from Artma Spiritual Gallery or from Jan Prestidge on (03) 684 7369.

The Timaru Herald