When EMI floated the idea of selling Abbey Road last year, it was an attempt to test the market for state preservation. Still, there’s no denying that work has dried up in sound-proofed rooms – especially those large enough to hold a symphony orchestra – and today one of Britain’s most productive classical venues has been put up for sale.
Potton Hall, near Aldeburgh, has won awards for the quality of its sound in recordings by the likes of Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Belcea Quartet, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Elin Manahan Thomas and James Rhodes. It also functions as a concert hall and centre for creative courses. It is owned by Jeremy Hayes, an experienced producer, and his wife Helen Hayes who runs the live events.
But the couple have found the going tough and have decided to concetrate on family priorities. They have put the property up for sale here
for £1.75 million.
Helen hopes they will find a buyer who will continue the hall’s work as a classical studio and performing centre. In present economic conditions that may not be easy, despite the idyllic setting and truly extraordinary sound conditions.
The hall will remain open for classical bookings until the day of sale.
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