Music is a tool that we can use to bring people together to make great things happen – as was demonstrated at the latest charity music concert in Kent.

Finchcocks, the newly transformed music school in Goudhurst, has raised over £900 through their first-ever charity music concert, which was held in collaboration with John Broadwood and Sons.

The sold-out concert took place at the impressive Georgian Manor in the newly renovated vaulted brick cellars, where Finchcocks also hold piano courses for adults of all abilities.

Internationally renowned Concert pianist, Paul Roberts, played pieces by Debussy and Beethoven on one of Finchcocks’ barless Broadwood grand pianos. Before and after the performance, guests were able to enjoy a drink and a mingle in Finchcocks’ stunning grounds.

Finchcocks Charity ConcertMoney raised was in aid of Help Musicians UK – who work tirelessly to provide positive support to emerging, professional and retired musicians, as well as musicians who have hit a crisis in their lives or who are suffering from long-term or terminal illness.

Neil Nichols, owner and entrepreneur, stated that Finchcocks plans to provide continued support to Help Musicians UK and with more charity concerts planned at the manor house:

“This was our first charity music concert at Finchcocks since its closure as a keyboard museum three years ago and we were delighted to be able to support Help Musicians in the process. We have spent the last year or so renovating Finchcocks’ Coach House and cellars, and this was the first large event we have hosted, inviting the public to come and see what we have done with the space. We’re extremely pleased to have received such a positive reaction – and we hope to continue to use Finchcocks to raise money for charity and local causes, as well as hosting regular music retreats for adults of all abilities.”

Finchcocks Manor House, Goudhurst

Susie Butt, Senior Community and Legacy Officer at Help Musicians UK, also commented on the success of the concert at Finchcocks:

“Help Musicians UK were thrilled to be part of first concert hosted by Neil and Harriet at their beautiful home and are extremely grateful to benefit from their generosity and support and the donations on the evening itself which will enable us to support even more musicians in 2018. It was a wonderful evening, the sun shone and the music was expertly performed by Paul Roberts. We are looking forward to working with Finchcocks in the near future. Thank you to the whole team who helped organise the event and those who attended and raised such a great amount for Help Musicians UK.”

Notes for Editors

To interview Neil or if you’d like to visit the piano school to write a feature, please contact Emma Williams on / 07817313371.

For information on concerts and courses at Finchcocks, please visit:

About Finchcocks

Finchcocks was constructed nearly 300 years ago in 1725. It was originally built as a family home by wealthy local land owners. It passed through various families before it was put to a variety of uses in the 20th century: a venue for a private art collection; a home for evacuated school children in the Second World War; a ballet school; a world famous keyboard museum.

Finchcocks - Historic Home in Goudhurst

About Help Musicians UK

HMUK is Britain’s leading independent music charity and has provided help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives for 97 years. HMUK's mission is to create a sustainable future for all musicians and the industry. The charity works to create a sustainable future for all musicians and the industry, supporting those who work in the music industry through grants, health and welfare services, campaigning, creative programmes and targeted investment initiatives. It exists to advocate, educate and provide information around issues which affect musicians and the industry that surrounds them.


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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