Sir George Young, MP for North West Hampshire, today opened the new £750,000 Music School at Horris Hill School in Newtown. He unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion and then attended a Concert given by the boys.
Designed by local architects, Gotelee, Orchard Lisle and built by Feltham Construction of Newbury, the building has 14 practice rooms, 7 teaching /ensemble rooms and a performance hall. Special provision has been made for sound proofing and acoustics.
Music at Horris Hill has flourished particularly since the arrival of Peter Nutsford as Director of Music. Just under 90% of the school learns an individual instrument and the Good Schools' Guide in its latest edition reckon that 'boys at Horris Hill do more music - and have more fun with it, then those at most Prep Schools'
Headmaster, Nigel Chapman, said this new facility will be of enormous benefit to a lively and expanding department. He hopes to make it available to local groups and musical organizations out of school time.
"I was enormously impressed by the facilities available; when I was at my Prep School, it was the bugle or the drum in the school band, with optional piano. At Horris Hill, you can learn the bagpipes - as well as use modern electronic techniques to compose and blend music."
"I was also interested to hear that local music groups - of which there are many - may be able to use these facilities."
The Chairman of the Governors, Philip Blanchard, thanksed the parents who had helped with the fundraising.