In an exciting move Hestercombe has joined forces with the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama to establish a regional Centre for Young Musicians in Hestercombe House.

The new venture, launched with open rehearsals and a special concert performed by Guildhall students from London on February 16,th will bring expert musical training to children up to the age of eighteen drawn from all over the South West.

Hestercombe House, whose ancient origins date back to at least the thirteenth century, sits at the heart of its famed historic landscape and with its impending handover from Somerset County Council, the Hestercombe Gardens Trust has been keen to find a role for the house that is sympathetic to its situation and which at the same time, will strengthen its links with the local community.

‘Developing a special Centre for Young Musicians is a perfect enterprise for this remarkable house and we are delighted that the Guildhall School of Music and Drama have chosen it as their South West hub’ says Chief Executive of the Hestercombe Gardens Trust Philip White, MBE, ‘this exciting initiative will without doubt raise Hestercombe’s national profile and bring the Guildhall’s musical expertise to a wider audience.’

To be known as Guildhall Young Artists ~ Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians the centre will be featured in a special Inside Out Southwest report on February 25th, 7.30pm, BBC1 (Sky Channel 967 for those outside the region.)

For further information about the centre and its facilities please see www.hestercombe.com or call Stephen Dagg, Director of the Centre for Young Musicians. Stephen@CYM.org.uk

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