Dartington String Orchestra


Venue Great Hall

Artists Dartington String Orchestra


FREE - book tickets in advance

Next date 16th August 1:00 pm

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About this event

Come and support the Open Dartington String Orchestra, working all week with our three guest directors, Leigh O’Hara, Thomas Gould and Adrian Brendel.


Britten – Simple Symphony
Elgar – Elegy Op.58
Elgar – Sospiri Op.70
Holst – St Paul’s Suite


Don’t miss:
The wonderful Škampa String Quartet
Thomas Gould playing Schumann
Adrian Brendel playing Schubert and Shostakovich
Dartington Festival Orchestra playing Mozart and Britten


Leigh O’Hara completed a music degree at the University of York, continuing his piano studies at Trinity College of Music with Simon Young, Philip Fowke and David Owen Norries before completing a Masters Degree at Royal Holloway. His conducting teachers have included Peter Stark, Lionel Friend, Michael Rose, George Hurst and Rodolfo Saglimbeni. Leigh was Director of Music at James Allen’s Girls’ School for nine years, and took up the same position at St Paul’s Girls’ School, making him only the third person to have held these posts at both schools (the first two being Vaughan Williams and Holst!). Leigh is musical director of the South London Youth Orchestra and Colet Choral Society, and is the musical director of Blackheath Halls Orchestra, as well as the Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra.


Described as an artist who refuses to be defined by a single genre (The Guardian), Thomas Gould is a violinist with wide-ranging musical interests. Gould has fast established for himself a reputation as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music whilst also remaining dedicated to core classical repertoire. He is also the leader of Britten Sinfonia. One of the most talented and charismatic British violinists of the younger generation – London’s Evening Standard


One of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in his teenage years opened a new and vital avenue that he continues to explore with huge enthusiasm alongside his passion for jazz and world music.

About our Summer Concerts

This concert is part of the Dartington International Summer School & Festival, a month-long musical celebration, encompassing shared music making, learning and listening.

Our extensive public concert series utilises a faculty of internationally renowned and emerging musicians to create a stunning cross-genre programme of over 100 concerts and events. Set against the backdrop of Dartington’s striking medieval Great Hall, the Summer School’s concert series presents the highest levels of performance in a carefully curated collection of classic works and “made for Dartington” exclusives. Full listings for the Summer School concert series can be found here.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Summer School’s music courses, you can find out further details here.

Food and drink

Head up to the Dartington estate early to enjoy our pre-concert food offerings. The Green Table café will be staying open late during the festival, plating up fresh and seasonal local food and drinks. Next to the Great Hall, The White Hart restaurant and bar will be serving a selection of food, along with a broad range of quality drinks and between concert nibbles.

Book now

Select a time below to begin your online booking. You can also contact our Box Office daily, 1–7pm.
Phone: 01803 847070 | boxoffice@dartington.org

Friday 16th August

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.