Fretwork: Bach’s Art of Fugue


Venue Great Hall

Running time 60 minutes

Artist Fretwork


£15 - £20 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 29th July 7:45 pm

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About this event

The brilliant players of viol consort Fretwork perform Bach’s late, great masterwork in its entirety.

They unwrap its complexity with short introductions to each contrapunctus, and illuminate with projections of Bach’s beautiful manuscript.

Although J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue was written well after the sun had set on the age of the viol consort, we find that our ensemble thrives in this music, as a kind of single polyphonic organism. By assigning each line of counterpoint to a different instrument, the work’s brilliant structure becomes illuminated from within, without losing any of its cohesiveness. It is to date our highest-selling recording, and our favourite Bach programme.’ Richard Boothby


J S Bach – Art of Fugue BWV 1080


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Ensemble Meridiana
In Echo revelling in early Venetian music
Richard Boothby directing Terry Riley’s In C
Robert Howarth directing Baroque masterpieces

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.

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Monday 29th July

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.