How Hill to be venue for open air concert

It is known for its iconic Broads views and as an environmental study centre popular with generations of schoolchildren.

Now How Hill, the imposing Edwardian creation of architect Edward Boardman, is set to enter a new chapter in its history – as the setting for an open air classical concert.

Ludham parochial church council has teamed up with the trustees of How Hill to put on what is hoped will become an annual spectacular drawing thousands of visitors.

The inaugural concert has been pencilled in for a July evening next year and the newly-formed concert committee is already in advanced discussions with the Norwich Pops Orchestra.

Simon Partridge, who took over as director of How Hill in December, said: 'We see this as putting How Hill on the cultural map. We are not as big as Blickling Hall but are still a very special place to come.

'We want people to come along with a picnic and enjoy How Hill and its environment as well as some lovely music.'

Ken Grapes, a churchwarden and chairman of the PCC, said he had first raised the idea of a fundraising event with Mr Partridge's predecessor David Holmes.

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He said: 'I was born in Ludham and appreciate how How Hill is renowned across Norfolk; I thought what a wonderful venue it would make.

'We were conscious of the fact we would not want to do anything to spoil this special part of the Broads..'

One piece for harp by Patrick Hawes under consideration was entitled How Hill; music composed by George Butterworth, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Edward Elgar and Sir Gustav Holst, all of whom had strong links with the county, was also in the frame.

Proceeds from the event will be split between How Hill Trust and the village church.

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