Songs of the Jazz Age: These Foolish Things


Venue Great Hall

Running time 60 minutes

Artists Sarah Gabriel, Steve Dummer, Stephen De Pledge


£10 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 19th August 10:00 pm

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About this event

Sarah Gabriel continues her exploration of jazz songs, written at a time when politics and world events were anything but frivolous or ‘foolish’. George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael and lyricist Dorothy Field sit alongside European counterparts: Noel Coward, Kurt Weill, and the doyennes of Parisian cabaret, Marguerite Monnot and Edith Piaf.


Sarah Gabriel soprano
Steve Dummer clarinet
Stephen De Pledge piano


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The brilliant soprano Sarah Gabriel sings music spanning four centuries, from early Handel works to brand-new commissions. Sarah performs on the opera stage around the world, in recital and in oratorios, in contemporary music, and in music theatre. She made her triumphant European debut as Eliza Doolittle in Robert Carsen’s much-loved production of My Fair Lady at Théâtre du Châtelet, opposite Alex Jennings as Higgins.


The much-in-demand New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge has performed in New York, Europe, Bogotà, Shanghai, and Beijing, Singapore and Japan, as well as the Wigmore Hall in London, where he made his acclaimed debut in 1999.  Stephen’s repertoire is far-reaching, from the music of the 17th to the 21st centuries.  In 2001 he performed the complete chamber works of Arvo Pärt during the Edinburgh Festival, under the guidance of the composer, and he has become particularly associated with the music of Messiaen, which he studied in Paris with the composer’s widow, Yvonne Loriod.  In 2008 he gave the first performance of Landscape Preludes, twelve new works by New Zealand composers, at the International Festival in Wellington.

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 (Please note that during our Summer Concert season (until 24 Aug) extended hours apply: 11am-9pm, Sun-Mon, 1-7pm, Sat)
Phone: 01803 847070 |

Monday 19th 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.


As a member, you’ll feel much more a part of our work, helping us to create a Dartington that is fit for the 21st century and is a model and test-bed for a sustainable society. You'll also get access to a wide range of great benefits, both on our estate and at partners across south Devon.