The theme for this week’s #FeatureFridays with Historic Houses is musical instruments.
Hever Castle has a musical past.
The Astors also had a grand piano in the Drawing Room – a room used for entertaining prime ministers and many well-known people. Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and George Bernard Shaw were all among the Astor’s guests.
Current owners The Guthrie family also have their own piano in the Drawing Room which they like to play when they visit.
William Waldorf Astor had a minstrel’s gallery added to the Dining Room when he bought Hever Castle at the turn of the 20th century. In Tudor times minstrel’s galleries were balconies designed to allow musicians to perform.
Young visitors to Hever Castle can try out musical instruments as part of the Tudor Towers adventure playground.
If you enjoyed this item on Musical Instruments, then why not discover the previous #FeatureFridays news items:
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