Piano devotee to show keys are her life

By Rebecca Malcolm

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Musician Jan Preston is looking forward to returning to Rotorua. Photo / Supplied
Musician Jan Preston is looking forward to returning to Rotorua. Photo / Supplied

Jan Preston says everyone has an obsession - for her, it's the piano.

She's been around them for longer than she can remember, forged a career out of performing and now she's bringing her obsession to Rotorua in her latest show, My Life as a Piano.

The show comes to Rotorua's Blue Baths on Thursday and the award-winning boogie pianist and singer said it's more than just music.

Preston said part of the show was sharing some of her favourite piano facts - including pictures of some of the world's wackiest pianos.

Never far from a piano - at one stage she had seven - Preston has performed at Rotorua's BluesFest before but was looking forward to getting on stage at the Blue Baths.

Preston said she was lucky to have made a career out of her passion. As she tells it, there was only a brief time post-university when she decided to stop playing - a time that coincided with her getting "gravely ill" with a mysterious illness. Doctors couldn't work out what it was - but it improved once she was reunited with her beloved instrument.

Preston, a Kiwi who is based in Sydney, promised audiences a fun and uplifting show with "plenty of laughs".

Tickets are available from the Blue Baths.


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