6 Mar 2013

Glockenspiel Stratford on the 23rd Feb.

Two weekends ago I went to Stratford. supposedly with the rest of the sketchers, but I was the only one that showed up. It was a pleasant afternoon. There was a very good watercolour exhibition on at the Percy Thomson Gallery and I took the opportunity to try the Glockenspiel.

Stratford's revered  glockenspiel stands proud in the main street, Broadway, and is unique to New Zealand.
Shakespeare’s most famous star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, emerge for the balcony scene, reaffirming their vows of love, four times a day,
The life-size figures were created by Tawhiti Museum curator, Nigel Ogle.
The glockenspiel performs for approximately 5 minutes, after the hour chimes at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm.

A glockenspiel resembles a xylophone, but with metal rather than wooden keys.

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