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Stratford’s glockenspiel clock tower

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The glockenspiel housed in the clock tower in Stratford is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. A glockenspiel resembles a xylophone, but has metal rather than wooden keys. In 2014 the Stratford glockenspiel played four times daily (10 a.m. and 1, 3 and 7 p.m.) for about five minutes after the hour sounded. The music was accompanied by scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, acted out by wooden figures (made by Nigel Ogle of Hawera’s Tawhiti Museum) in the windows near the base of the tower.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki places - Stratford', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/25891/stratfords-glockenspiel-clock-tower (accessed 17 April 2021)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Sep 2016