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PIANO OFFERS NEW OPPORTUNITIES (article first published : 1999-09-29)

The Buro Crescent area in Mayville is fast attracting a strong theatrical community as people head for Troubadour Costume Hire, Themi Venturas’s WOW Factory or the Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company’s regular classes. Lately, the music issuing from the FFFDC’s rehearsal studios have taken on a different tone as the company plays less taped music and makes more use of its new piano.

The elegant and impressive American-made mahogany Stodart started off as a pianola, probably around 1915 or 1917. Unfortunately, because of the mechanism which had to be placed in front of the piano action, pianolas were by nature large and very wide. FFFDC’s piano was refitted somewhere in its history and now stands proud and resplendent at FFFDC. Top local jazzman Trevor Harper has given it the thumbs-up for performance work so we may soon see 16 Saxon Avenue, Mayville, offering late-night cabaret apart from the new Studio Sessions every month (see separate article).


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