A national entertainer is coming to perform in Stratford.
Wellington based singer/songwriter and pianist Shaun Preston is performing at the Stratford District Council Summer Nights concert this month.
Shaun says he is excited to perform for the Stratford community.
"I've played at private functions in New Plymouth but this will be my first performance in Stratford. I'm looking forward to coming up and seeing what the town's about and also listening to some local talent."
Shaun has been playing piano for 15 years.
"At school I played the drums for school productions. Once I left school I had one piano lesson and then I taught myself how to play. It's a great thing to do as you learn your own creative style. I then became a professional pianist and singer in 2005."
He says his father Paul Preston encouraged him to play piano.
"My dad and my grandad, Stan, built my grand piano that I take on the road so everywhere I go, they're with me."
Shaun performs at private functions all over New Zealand.
"I perform from Whangarei to Queenstown. I really enjoy it. It's a great way to see the country. By performing I've been to beautiful places and venues that I might not have seen otherwise."
Shaun says he spends six months performing in New Zealand and then travels to the United Kingdom to perform there.
"My family is British and I'm a Kiwi so it's great to travel. I first performed there in 2008 at a festival. They've had me back every year since then. I've now built enough clients to do a whole summer over there."
Shaun says due to the Covid-19 pandemic he was unable to travel to the United Kingdom last year.
"We're very lucky in New Zealand as we can travel the country. I'm so lucky to still be able to play live music for audiences."
He says one of his favourite memories is performing for Prince William and seven of his friends.
"It was in 2005 when Prince William came to New Zealand for a rugby tour. To be booked by him was a very big honour."
Shaun says his performances are about energy.
"I perform top 40 hits that everyone knows from Elton John, The Killers, and Ed Sheeran. It's about having something for everyone. I'll also perform a few songs from my album called Stranger."
■ Summer Nights takes place Saturday February 13 from 3.30pm in the Ted McCullough Rhododendron Dell at King Edward Park.