Piano Four hands: Stravinsky and Ravel


Venue Great Hall

Running time 60 minutes

Artists Joseph Havlat, David Gray and Joanna MacGregor


£10 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 18th August 5:15 pm

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About this event

A curtain raiser to Stravinsky’s massive The Rite of Spring later this week: two masterpieces in their original piano duet forms, before they took the orchestral world by storm, played by three talented pianists. The Rite of Spring in its four hand version – exactly how Stravinsky rehearsed it with Diaghilev in 1913 – is even more scary than the final orchestral version!

Ravel – Mother Goose Suite

Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring


Don’t miss:
Dartington Festival Orchestra playing The Rite of Spring
Joanna MacGregor playing Piazzolla
David Gray playing Liszt and Rachmaninov
Joseph Havlat playing Janáček


Joseph Havlat was born in Hobart, Australia in 1994. Joseph completed his Masters degree in 2018 at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Professor Joanna MacGregor for piano, and Patrick Nunn for composition. He has performed around the UK and in Europe, America and Australia as a soloist, most notably in Wigmore Hall, Perth Concert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Sage Gateshead, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, King’s Place, as well at Aldeburgh.  An avid composer, Joseph toured Japan with the LSO in 2018, premiering a new piece by John Adams.


David Gray was born in 1990 and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and discovered his musical abilities at the age of four, when he taught himself to play the piano by ear. Shortly afterwards he began piano lessons with Anne Crawford, then was offered a place at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. He spent five years studying piano with Richard Beauchamp and organ with Simon Nieminski, winning numerous prizes in festivals around Scotland. David studied with Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a first class Masters and the Walter MacFarren Gold Medal. David also pursues the art of playing theatre organs in his spare time, and after winning an international competition in Los Angeles in 2005, has performed on the instrument extensively in the UK, Switzerland, USA, Australia and New Zealand.


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

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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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Sunday 18th 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.