Finchcocks, the historic manor house, in Goudhurst has recently opened its doors to the public again after a big renovation, now offering inspiring piano lessons and weekend courses for adults of all ability levels.

The new owners will also be using the newly renovated space to hold classical music concerts – and the first one is coming up on the 27th May!

The concert promises to be a fantastic evening of classical music, and it is in collaboration with the world’s oldest surviving firm of piano makers, John Broadwood and Sons. The concert is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Broadwood giving Beethoven the piano that inspired his late piano sonatas.

The piano cellar at Finchocks, Goudhurst, Kent

The evening will be a great opportunity for Kent locals to come and see the newly renovated Finchcocks, mingle with other locals, and feel moved by some beautiful piano.

Renowned and talented pianist, Paul Roberts, will be performing pieces by Debussy and Beethoven, on one of Finchcocks’ barless Broadwood grand pianos.

Paul is a leading authority on the music of Debussy, who has earnt the awe of audiences, critics and fellow professionals around the globe.

‘Roberts doesn’t play like an Englishman,’ said BBC Music Magazine on the release of his first Debussy disc. ‘Space, concentration and fire take their turns in this fine start to a Debussy cycle. He characterises directly and, at speed, fiercely. In slower music there is unhurried poise and fluidity.’

The concert will begin at 7.30pm and tickets are just £12 from the Finchcocks website.

Finchcocks Historic House in Goudhurst Kent

All proceeds from ticket sales to the classical concert will be going to Britain’s leading independent music charity, Help Musicians UK.

The charity helps emerging professionals to develop their talent and get started in a professional career, existing professionals who have hit a crisis in their lives, and they also help with musicians with long-term or terminal illnesses and those needing special help as they grow older.

HMUK's mission is to create a sustainable future for all musicians and the industry. The charity works in partnership to transform the music industry through advocacy, campaigning, programmes and targeted investment for all those within it.

In 2017, they spent a total of £3.5 million assisting 3,426 musicians. HMUK is for all musicians, regardless of their genre, background or problem. They are passionate about making sure musicians and those working in the industry get a fair deal and that their voices are heard.

As well as supporting the charity financially, Finchcocks hopes that their new partnership will raise awareness for the British charity:

 “The Broadwood concert at Finchcocks should be a fantastic evening of classical music – where guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Debussy and Beethoven rendered beautifully in our newly transformed space.

We hope the concert will raise much-needed funds for Help Musicians UK, as well as providing opportunities to inspire people to support the charity in the long-term.” Neil Nichols, the new owner of Finchcocks.

If you are interested in supporting the charity and coming along to Finchcocks’ concert, visit their website to buy a ticket.

Piano Course at Finchcocks in Goudhurst

Alternatively, if you are looking for a piano teacher, Finchcocks offer piano courses for adults of all abilities. Their inspiring piano teachers include: David Hall (MA (Cantab) FRCO); Graham Fitch, who has an international reputation as a pianist, teacher, adjudicator and writer; and Dr Mark Polishook, who teachers in jazz and has a doctorate in classical composition and masters’ degrees in composition, theory, and jazz. They have a range of pianos, including Steinway, Yamaha and grand pianos.

All courses at Finchcocks include boutique style accommodation and all meals cooked by Finchcocks’ private chef. The courses are sociable and give guests the opportunity to meet like-minded music enthusiasts.


Broadwood Charity Concert At Finchcocks Musical Museum
Broadwood Charity Concert At Finchcocks Musical Museum

Finchcocks has once again opened its doors to the public for the first of their 2018 musical concerts this May.



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