Musical History Trip to Waiheke Island
On 19th March GC music students visited the Whittaker’s Music Museum located on Waiheke Island. This privately owned and operated museum of musical instruments houses a wide range of antique instruments (most of the instruments are over 100 years old) such as pianos, organs, harpsichord, dulcitone, harmonicas, piano accordions – plus other rare instruments. One of the most precious and interesting items in the Whittaker’s collection is the 9 foot concert grand piano once owned by the famous Polish pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. He visited NZ in 1897 as part of his world concert tour and subsequently sold his Bechstein (the piano) to a local family which then owned the instrument for three generations.
Students enjoyed a lively and informative presentation which focused on the history of each instrument and the musical period for which it was designed, as well as the music performance by the two owners– Lloyd and Joan Whittaker.