Those participating in the event were piano students, piano teachers, their friends, family and a couple of folks who saw the event in the Darebin Music Feast program. The event gave whole families the opportunity to get involved. Three generations of one family were involved, one piano student, plus her mum and grandma! There were several parent and child combinations too.
A big thanks to Mellanie Shaylor and her students for coming and getting involved! Mell teaches piano at her studio in Macleod. Some of her students learnt the piece in their lessons and others came along to see what the fuss was about and got swept up and involved in the performance. I have some beautiful photos of the day thanks to Mell’s partner Ben!
A big thanks to Gavin Gray from Gray’s Piano World. It’s every piano shop keeper’s worst nightmare to have every one of his pianos being played at the same time, with loud callous sounds! Gavin was so encouraging of the event and not only did he enjoy it, he has invited us back! Gavin’s shop has recently opened a bar and will be running regular events under that name, The Piano Factory. Watch this space for more exciting events coming up.
The Piano Orchestra Project is an opportunity for those considering piano lessons to have the confidence to get up and muck around on these magnificent instruments. For some, this event is the first time that a child has touched an acoustic piano. It is a humbling experience for parents and teachers to be witness to that first step in a musical journey. Especially when that moment is on stage, at a public event, in front of an adoring audience.
Katrina Wilson O'Brien teaches piano, plays music and encourages frivolity.