Pestalozzi international students had a taste of British heritage thanks to the owner of Fairlight Hall opening the grade II listed manor house and gardens to welcome them.
Fairlight Hall owner Sarah Kowitz, invited seven students from Pestalozzi, including Subhajit Ghosh, a keen pianist from India, to visit the mansion and gardens.
Sarah has close relations with the charity. For a number of years she has donated tickets to Pestalozzi students to attend the semi-finals of the Hastings International Piano Concerto competition which is held at Fairlight Hall.
The students were accompanied on their visit by John Wright of Wright Interior Designs. John played a central role in the design and renovation of the Hall in 2002. He answered student’s questions regarding the house, its history and renovation, and the art collection.
The students were impressed by the architecture and interior decoration, which is classical and modern, and expressed delight with what they saw. Comments included: “Wonderful!”, “Awesome!”, and “It’s very impressive!”
Pestalozzi student Vella says Fairlight Hall is an amazing place. “More like a castle”, she said. “I love the artistic way it is built but what fascinated me most is the idea that a family actually lives there, amongst the works of art!”
The students also had the opportunity to explore Fairlight Hall’s extensive gardens.
Fairlight Hall’s John Carter says they enjoy the student’s visits. “It’s always a pleasure to welcome Pestalozzi students from their diverse backgrounds and see their response to the work, especially as the artists themselves come from such diverse backgrounds and cultures. We hope to continue our close relationship with Pestalozzi.”
For further information visit: fairlighthall.co.uk