Museum seeks key to piano’s location

John Gill and his piano. Photo supplied to the Museum of Perth by Mr Gill’s mum, Joan Gilling.

Do you know where John Gill’s piano ended up?

IT’S been 10 years since the death of Perth’s piano man John Gill, and the Museum of Perth is seeking his piano and busker’s bucket for an exhibition celebrating his life. 

For more than 20 years he was often seen busking in the city malls with his skeletonised upright piano, its panels stripped so the audience could see the inner workings. 

The Museum of Perth has been working with Mr Gill’s mum Joan Gilling to compile stories, photos, and memorabilia for a crowdfunded exhibition, curated by historian Joanne Hyland.

But the whereabouts of his piano has remained a mystery, save for rumours that it may be with a friend for safekeeping.

The exhibition also delves into Mr Gill’s less well-known but extensive international music career. He played across the US and Europe and was the first Australian pianist to become an accredited Bosendorfer Concert Artist, putting him in the ranks of renowned pianists like Stevie Wonder.

Anyone with info on the piano or the fancy painted busking bucket can contact museum director Reece Harley at reece@museumofperth.

The exhibition opens December 2 at 8-10 The Esplanade, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. 


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