New piano brings talent back to Pemberton Mill Hall
At over 65 years old, the local piano at the Pemberton Mill Hall was beginning to show (and sound) its age. Years of playing at concerts, weddings, funerals, dances and Christmas carols had taken its toll and it was no longer holding a tune. As a result, the piano was being under-utilised and the local community was missing the musical element that was associated with the local Hall.
The Pemberton Mill Hall Restoration Committee decided it was time to upgrade. With a $5,000 Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) grant funded by Perpetual, a grant from the local shire and some community fundraising, a new piano was purchased for the hall.
The launch of the new piano was commemorated with the cutting of ribbon and unlocking the piano by the Shire President of Manjimup and to celebrate, the town held a ‘Pemberton’s Got Talent’ concert. Eighteen acts performed to 200 community members of all generations, who turned out for the concert and the Pemberton Mill Hall is back to serving the communities musical needs.
As in all small communities, the hall is integral to hosting cultural, social, educational and training events. The Pemberton Choir and Karaoke Singers regularly practice and perform in the hall, and the two local schools use the hall for school performances and events. It is great to have the smooth sounds of a well-tuned piano featuring in the community again.