Nelson Leader : August 8th 2013
7 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 NEWS Music mesmerises Maitai pupils Moving music: Maitai School principal Diane Whyte, left, Reuben Fulton, Tom Burson, Izaiha Newport and Claire Rouault as part of Rouault's Piano on Tour. Photo: SALLY KIDSON. By SALLY KIDSON Maitai School was attentive and focused for their own special per- formance of classical music by acclaimed Nelson-based French concert pian- ist Claire Rouault. Claire played at the school on Friday as part of Piano on Tour. Principal Diane Whyte said she did not think she had ever, ever seen my whole school so engaged and focused and absolutely enthralled''. Diane said many of her students could not get into concert halls and for many it was probably their first experience of live classical music. This is an amazing thing, we are are hop- ing this is not going to be the last time.'' Claire played for about 45 minutes and her two-part concert included music by Beeth- oven, Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninov and Bartok. In the Piano on Tour project, which was conceived by Claire and her partner JF Robert, the couple take a 350-kilogram baby grand piano, and trailer on the road to share their passion for music with small-town audiences or groups that do not usually have access to high-quality piano concerts. Claire and JF moved to the Nelson region from Paris more than a year ago. Claire studied at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, France's top music school. She has performed concerts in Nelson with rave reviews. The couple share their time between Nel- son and Marahau. The tour has already been to Victory School, Kaikoura and Diamond Harbour.
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