Merit Ariane: Moon and Sun


Venue Great Hall

Running time 60 minutes

Artist Merit Ariane


£10 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 28th July 10:00 pm

Book online below

About this event

The exciting Egyptian-German singer Merit Ariane directs another of her exclusive programmes created especially for Dartington, drawing on Arab and Western culture. This year she collaborates with the Spanish Flamenco percussionist Antonio Romero and Turkish oud player Baha Yetkin, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jon Banks.


Merit Ariane voice

Baha Yetkin oud

Antonio Romero percussion

Jon Banks harp, santur, qanun, santouri, percussion


Merit Ariane embodied Firdaus’s rawness with authenticity and conviction … this was a privileged first look at an arresting new piece of music theatre. The Guardian


Don’t miss:

Palestinian poet Tamim al-Barghouti and musicians
Contemporary Folk: Emily Portman
Adriano Adewale and Friends
The wonderful Black Voices


Merit Ariane is a singer and composer specialising in Arab and Middle Eastern vocal music. Inspired by her German/Egyptian heritage, and her initial training as a classical singer, Merit draws on classical Arabic and Western contemporary influences in her music, and is passionate about exploring a musical dialogue between these cultures. Merit sings with Arabic jazz trio Hjaz and Arabic/Eastern European ensemble Jaljala. Her recent collaborations feature her with early music singers The Clerks, in their acclaimed programme Qudduson (Sacred Songs from East and West) and on a new music theatre project for Opera North about the figure of St George, led by composer Joe Townsend. In 2017 she premiered a new work by British composer Peter Wiegold, written especially for her and his ensemble ‘notes inégales’, at the opening of the Brunel Institute for Contemporary Middle Eastern Music.


Committed to exploring new musical avenues, Merit sings and composes contemporary vocal music for her soprano quartet, Tongue Stuff, and performs with the avant-garde New London Chamber Choir. Merit is also a professor at the Royal College of Music.


Listen to Merit 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).

Book now

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

Sunday 28th 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.