Musical first for Kings Hill Control Tower
After several years of careful restoration, the iconic Control Tower at Kings Hill is well on its way to becoming one of Kent’s key cultural centres.
It is already being used to exhibit artworks by professional artists in a thoughtfully curated changing programme and the space recently came alive with the sound of music for the first time. Virtuoso cellist Richard Harwood gave a solo recital of works by leading film composers as part of Music@Malling - an international festival that brings outstanding music to historic buildings in and around West Malling.
“The space is perfect for a number of cultural uses which was our plan when we restored the Control Tower,” said Caroline Binns of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust. “We were delighted to sponsor its first live musical event for which there was standing room only.
“We are currently working with members of the community and art experts to explore other ways in which this shared community space might be used and are hoping to appoint a gallery co-ordinator in due course.”
After premiering works by composers including Ennio Morricone, Ernst Toch, Dario Marianelli, John Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch and Frank Ilfman, Richard Harwood said: “It was a great pleasure to perform in the Control Tower and to be the first musician to do so.
“It is a great space with an incredible history and I couldn’t help imagining how the location was used during the Second World War. It is a wonderful amenity for the people of Kings Hill today and I hope it will be the venue for more musical events in future.”
A new exhibition has just gone on show in the gallery space at the Control Tower which includes sculpture by acclaimed New York based Richard Baronio, digital and mixed media work by Antonios Georgikas, photos by well regarded German photographer Klaudia Dietewich and paintings by up and coming artists Gemma Blain, Denise Harrison and Ellen Balcomb.
The gallery space in the Control Tower is one of many community amenities at Kings Hill – which include a sports park with five grass pitches and one artificial, 18 hole golf course, two gyms, nature park and cricket pitch as well as a community hall, Waitrose, ASDA, other retail outlets, pub, cafes and restaurants.