A REGIONAL centre for young musicians is to be launched next month at Hestercombe House by the Guildhall School of Music.

The centre will offer people aged seven to 18 the opportunity to receive music tuition on Saturdays during term time.

Tomas Yardley, who is running the facility, said: “I’m thrilled that we’ve opened this school at Hestercombe, in the heart of the West Country.

“We’ll use the London model to bring a curriculum that isn’t dictated by examination boards and the school system, but brings a more holisitic approach to music making in the region.

“Hestercombe provides an ideal backdrop for our musicianship because we’re a classical school and where better for a classical school than in a stately home with its sweeping views?”

Philip White, chief executive of Hestercombe Gardens, said: “Developing a special centre for young musicians is a perfect enterprise for this remarkable house and we’re delighted that the Guildhall School of Music and Drama have chosen it as their South-West hub.

“This exciting initiative will without doubt raise Hestercombe’s national profile and bring the Guildhall’s musical expertise to a wider audience.”

Students attending the Centre for Young Musicians will be offered ensemble opportunities, tuition in any instrument, singing and theory of composition history studies.

For details, contact tomas.tardley@cym.org.uk