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Hestercombe House

Hestercombe House, whose ancient origins date back to at least the thirteenth century, sits at the heart of its famed historic landscape.

With the handover from Somerset County Council now complete the Hestercombe Gardens Trust is busy making detailed plans to develop a role for the house that is both sympathetic to its situation and at the same time, will strengthen its links with the local community. One of the first exciting ventures is a partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to open the Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians. 

 The Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians

From Spring 2014 the Guildhall Centre for Young Musicians will use the house as their South West hub bringing the Guildhall’s musical expertise to a wider audience.

Teaching will begin at the Centre from March 1st 2014 and will focus on small ensemble teaching for a wide variety of instruments. If you, or someone you know are interested in benefiting from this teaching please contact the Acting Head of Centre Tomas Yardley via email on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fees will be a maximum of £270.00 per term (£27.00 per week) for the core curriculum which will be in the region of 5-6 hours teaching each Saturday. Fees may be paid in instalments or by direct debit. There are a limited number of bursaries available, as we don't want anyone with talent and commitment to miss this fantastic opportunity.


Future plans

The Guildhall partnership is just one of a series of exciting ventures on the horizon. The Trust is keen to open at least some of the house to the public including in the near future an exhibition of photographs by Gertrude Jekyll. Startlingly good quality for their age the images demonstrate another of Jekyll’s skills and depict her planting in various garden locations.

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