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.
From January 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.
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.
Workshop: 23rd November
As a precursor to the launch of the new music school there will be a fun, have-a-go workshop on Saturday 23rd November from 9.30am - 2pm. This will be a chance to come along and see what the Centre is all about as well as play some music and meet some new people. All you need to bring is yourself and your instrument! If you'd like to come along then please confirm by email to Tomas on
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.