Reopened Finchcocks to host first concert

Organiser Ingrid Pope [pictured] launched Tunbridge Wells Yard Sale last year after seeing a similar event in the US.

Finchcocks, the newly transformed piano school in Goudhurst, announced its charity piano concert event to support the work of Help Musicians UK. This marks the first time the venue has been used for a concert since the new owners took over the historic building.

The concert is in collaboration with John Broadwood and Sons, and will take place at Finchcocks on the 27 May 2018, beginning at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go to Help Musicians UK, which since 1921, has provided help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives.

The intimate evening of music will celebrate the two-hundredth anniversary of the delivery of one of Thomas Broadwood’s best pianos to Beethoven.

Finchcocks have three Broadwood pianos that they use for their weekend piano courses, and one of them bears a remarkable resemblance to the one that Thomas Broadwood sent to Beethoven in 1817. It is said that Broadwood invited five of the best musicians in London to help design the instrument for Beethoven, which took nearly a year to make before it was transported over land, sea and the Alps to reach the famous composer.

Pianist, Paul Roberts, will give an inspiring solo show, performing pieces by both Debussy and Beethoven in Finchcocks’ newly transformed, atmospheric vaulted cellar. Roberts will be playing on one of Finchcocks’ barless Broadwood grand pianos.

For more details, visit the Finchcocks website.

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