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Actress Patricia Routledge joins celebrations to mark Holst Museum's 35th birthday

PUBLISHED: 14:42 11 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:14 20 February 2013

Patricia Routledge with Sir Peter Marychurch.

Patricia Routledge with Sir Peter Marychurch.

Actress Patricia Routledge popped into Cheltenham to help mark the 35th birthday of the Holst Birthplace Museum. The TV star, and a patron of the museum, joined 40 other guests for dinner at Hotel on the Park in Evesham Road, Cheltenham.

ACTRESS Patricia Routledge popped into Cheltenham to help mark the 35th birthday of the Holst Birthplace Museum. The TV star, and a patron of the museum, joined 40 other guests for dinner at Hotel on the Park in Evesham Road, Cheltenham.

I always loved what I knew of Holsts music, which was obviously the Planets suite. If that had been the only thing he had ever written, the man would be a genius. Then I came across the choral music, said Ms Routledge, best known for her TV role as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances.

I have always been interested in the way the museum has developed because I have the greatest admiration for that gifted, endearing, little man. His output was tremendous. He believed that there is music in everyone, she added.

The museum in Clarence Road is housed in the Regency terrace where Gustav Holst was born in 1874. It was launched by Holsts daughter Imogen in 1975 and nearly folded in 1999 until an Echo-backed campaign came to the rescue.

Exhibits include the composers piano and other personal belongings. The property is also a fine period house, showing the upstairs downstairs way of life in Victorian days.

Chairman of the museums trustees said the museum had experienced many ups and downs. One of the highlights was the arrival of the statue of Holst in Imperial Gardens, which put him firmly on the town map.

The museum is a gem and a really important part of Cheltenham, she said. It is thanks to our members and the people of Cheltenham that we continue to thrive.

Other guests at the dinner included the Museums President Martyn Brabbins, Curator Laura Kinnear and museum trustees, benefactors and supporters.

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