Celebrating Dorothy Elmhirst

Venue Great Hall

Running time 50

Artists: Sarah Gabriel soprano, Richard Williams narrator, Gavin Roberts piano


Tickets £10 | Students and U16 £5

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Next date 13th August 10:00 pm

About this event

The indomitable Dorothy Elmhirst used her imagination, generosity and passion to create an extraordinary artistic world at Dartington.

This concert features letters, diaries and readings from Tagore, George Bernard Shaw, and T.E. Lawrence; and includes music by Britten, Marc Blitzstein, Paul Robeson, and songs associated with Yul Brynner.

“Sarah Gabriel, as fine an actress as she is a singer.” – Le Monde

Made For Dartington – Summer School 70th

Don’t miss:
Tom Randle and Gillian Keith sing Ballades, Blues and Broadway on 8 August
Oh! What a Lovely War on 16 and 17 August
Sarah Gabriel sings Songs of Berlin Cabaret on 20 August
Dorothy’s Ghost on 24 August

The brilliant soprano Sarah Gabriel sings music spanning four centuries, from early Handel works to brand-new commissions. Sarah performs on the opera stage around the world, in recital and in oratorios, in contemporary music, and in music theatre. She made her triumphant European debut as Eliza Doolittle in Robert Carsen’s much-loved production of My Fair Lady at Théâtre du Châtelet, opposite Alex Jennings as Higgins.

Listen to Sarah

Richard Williams is a theatre and opera director. In a directing career spanning 30 years he has directed over 200 professional productions. He has directed many revivals of Shakespeare and the classical repertoire, as well as championing new work and directing a large number of commissioned new plays often with music. Following a period as an assistant director at The Royal National Theatre with David Hare, he went on to become Artistic Director of four varied and successful theatre companies: Contact Theatre Manchester; The Oxford Playhouse Company (where he produced The Seagull with John Hurt and Vanessa Redgrave and directed Hamlet with David Threlfall, playing at Elsinore Castle before embarking on a world tour); The Unicorn-Arts in London; and The Liverpool Playhouse. The quality of his work has been recognized in the awards his productions have attracted. He has directed in London’s West End, and he also directed key components of the Deloitte Festival at the Royal Opera House in 2010. He is a highly regarded teacher and has worked at RADA, Drama Centre London, East 15, Rose Bruford, LIPA. He also holds the post of Course Director at Drama Centre London.

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Monday 13th August

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About us

The Dartington Experiment began over 90 years ago when our founders, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, set out to build a community inspired by the idea of a ‘many-sided life’.

Today, we believe that their vision is more relevant today than ever before. We aim to be a place where people can realise their individual and collective potential, and are given a chance to connect with themselves, each other, and the environment.

Across the estate, a programme of events and visitor attractions operate year-round; artists, makers, farmers, educators, craftspeople and entrepreneurs live and work; and the community continues to ‘learn by doing’, finding inspiration in the Elmhirst’s progressive ideas and experimental approach.

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