A home AND a concert venue? That’ll do nicely

Pianist Kit Armstrong
Concert pianist Kit Armstrong in the church he bought and converted into a concert venue and six-bed home

American-British classical pianist Kit Armstrong has no particular religious attachment, but the practical possibilities of living in a church attracted him and his mother, May, when the idea was first put to them.

“We were looking for properties and the estate agent suggested this church, so we went to have a look,” he said. “Once we were there, the possibilities opened up and we decided to buy it in 2012.”

Although not a churchgoer, Kit is familiar with churches due to his work as a concert pianist. “They are often used as venues for concerts,” he said. “In smaller towns they are sometimes the only venue suitable for a concert. The acoustics in churches are usually very good for ...

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