Venue Great Hall
Running time 60 minutes
£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
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.
Monday 29th July
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Visiting Dartington Hall
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.