Biggest piano topic of discussion at forum
Timaru man takes on TEDxYouth talkESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
The renown of Timaru's Adrian Mann for crafting the world's largest piano will be in the spotlight when he speaks at a national forum on Saturday.
He is one of 14 people, throughout New Zealand, selected to speak at TEDxYouth@Auckland to create discussion and curiosity.
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) started in 1984 in the US as a conference to bring people together from the technology, entertainment and design fields. It has since grown to sharing ideas worth spreading from thinkers and doers.
The TED website says the organisation believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
For the past two weeks, Mr Mann, 25, has been practising his eight-minute speech, about the 5.7 metre Alexander piano he built in a Pareora shed in 2009.
He will speak to an audience of 500 people at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Saturday.
"I'm quite nervous, I'm not good with hand gestures," Mr Mann said.
He plans to use a PowerPoint presentation with photos showing the progress of the piano, which he has also performed 14 concerts on.
One of Mr Mann's supporters, Fiona Lady Elworthy, is accompanying him to Auckland on Thursday and will put him through his paces in preparation for the big day.
Mr Mann has also been invited to talk at the Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild of Victoria, in Melbourne, next February.
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