The melody from a set of 1900 Deagan aluminium organ chimes was heard for the first time in decades after curators at QVMAG unpacked them last Friday.
The set is one of only a dozen in existence and the only one in Australia, originating from Canada. The Australian set was owned by an illustrious family of entertainers, The Marvellous Corricks, who settled in Launceston where their descendants still reside.
Last Friday, Ten Days on the Island artistic director Lindy Hume joined percussionist Bruce Innocent, and Mary Tilley, the granddaughter of Elsie Corrick and the youngest member of The Marvellous Corricks.
Elsie's siblings Amy, Ruby and Leonard played the chimes, which are designed to be played by up to three people.
Ms Hume said they're excited about their partnership between Ten Days and QVMAG, which would allow three Launceston musicians to learn to play the chimes in the months leading up to the festival "allowing a new generation to create and hear their enchanting sound, last heard in Victorian era vaudeville theatres".
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"It's magical to think about transporting contemporary audiences to a time when theatres were buzzing centres of entertainment for communities," she said.
"We're working on something very special in collaboration with our friends at QVMAG so watch this space."
On September 8, Ms Hume shared a letter on the Ten Days website discussing the pleasure she feels in travelling across Tasmania to meet artists and get to know communities.
"We look forward to sharing new and old stories through language and cultural experiences with our audience and community, starting with mapali, the first event of Ten Days on the Island 2021 at dawn on the Burnie foreshore," she said.
Ten Days on the Island 2021 will run from March 5-21 and will travel across Tasmania during this time. The festival will also celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The event has been running since 2001 and celebrates Tasmania's cultural identity, bringing together artists and communities to share experiences. Next year the festival will highlight Tasmania's creative ingenuity, brilliance, quirkiness and distinctiveness.