Joanna MacGregor: The Goldberg Variations


Venue Great Hall

Running time 60 minutes

Artist Joanna MacGregor


£10 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 30th July 10:00 pm

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About this event

Bach’s Goldberg Variations BWV 988 has become an iconic monument in Western music. On one level, it’s simply a beautiful keyboard work, and on another, it’s a Rubik’s Cube of invention and architecture.

From its apocryphal backstory (based on a count’s sleepless nights), to its labyrinthine structure, to the breakthrough recording by Glenn Gould, the Goldbergs carry a heavy load of compelling baggage.

Joanna MacGregor is inextricably connected with the music of Bach; her many performances include playing this cycle in the Albert Hall, at the invitation of John Eliot Gardner. Hear her play this wonderful work late night, in the much more intimate setting of the Great Hall.


Don’t miss other concerts by Joanna:
Illustrated talk on The Goldberg Variations
Beethoven’s Farewell: late Beethoven, Wagner and Liszt
Mother Goose and The Rite of Spring
The Passion of Piazzolla
Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy


Joanna MacGregor, the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival, is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator, and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, she has performed in more than eighty countries.

MacGregor’s verve, energy and astounding technique are always at the service of the music and never vice versa.  Her ability to inhabit so many sound worlds with the same intensity and commitment is profoundly impressive. BBC Classical Review

Listen to Joanna’s YouTube channel here.

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.

Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members

Dartington Members will receive a 10% discount, applied when they log in during the checkout process. For more information about Membership, click here (opens in new tab).

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Tuesday 30th 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.