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'Tales of a Travelled Piano' - Ballymena Library to host talk by Elizabeth Goell in June 2017

Ballymena Central Library will host a talk ‘Tales of a Travelled Piano’ by Elizabeth Goell on Monday 5 June from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. 

An extraordinary musical adventure in 19th Century Ireland, ‘Tales of a Travelled Piano’ will entertain the audience with this talk told through the eyes and ears of a W. Wieck piano, looking at its journey and musical adventures into Ireland, when it was sold by Clara Schumann to an Irish family. 

A music loving family from County Donegal bought this piano in the middle of the 19th century from one of Germany's foremost musical households, not knowing anything of the person's fame from whom they had bought the instrument. With humour and facts, the piano gives a glimpse into the cultural and musical landscape of its adopted country during one of Ireland's most difficult periods in history. 

The piano challenges some long held and cherished beliefs; and with its tale, extends an invitation to take a fresh look at how Ireland remembers its musical culture. Presenting its musicians and their achievements, their interactions with other classical musicians in mainland Europe, Tales of a Travelled Piano bring to shine again some of the most outstanding cultural ambassadors for Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. 

Admission to this event is free and everyone is welcome. 

For more information, contact Ballymena Central Library (5 Pat’s Brae, BT43 5AX) on telephone: 028 2563 3950 or email: 

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Tales of a Travelled Piano in Ballymena Central Library