Stephen Barlow: Beethoven, Tippett and Eleanor Alberga


Venue Great Hall

Director Stephen Barlow, Joanna MacGregor, Dartington Choir, Soloists, Dartington Festival Orchestra


£10 - £15 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 23rd August 7:30 pm

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About this event

Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor celebrates her last ever Summer School concert with Beethoven’s jubilant Choral Fantasy, a mini piano concerto with stirring choir. Her performance partner is the celebrated opera and choral conductor Stephen Barlow, visiting Dartington for the first time.

Before Beethoven comes Tippett’s majestic spirituals, and our brand new choral commission from the marvellous composer Eleanor Alberga, setting poetry by Alice Oswald.

Eleanor Alberga – Awed light its chant entrances (premiere)
Tippett – Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time: Steal Away; Nobody Knows; Go Down, Moses; By and By; Deep River
Beethoven – Choral Fantasy Op.80


Stephen Barlow conductor
Joanna MacGregor piano
Soloists from the Advanced Opera course
Dartington Choir
Dartington Festival Orchestra


Don’t miss our other choral concerts:
Stile Antico: Breaking the Habit
Stile Antico singing Baroque Laments
Laurence Cummings conducting Handel’s thrilling Saul
Steuart Bedford conducting Britten’s Saint Nicolas


Stephen Barlow was a boy chorister at Canterbury Cathedral‚ and studied at Trinity College‚ Cambridge (as Organ Scholar) and Guildhall School of Music and Drama‚ under Vilem Tausky. He was Artistic Director of the Buxton Festival 2011-2018‚ and his recent projects include La Cenerentola (Staatsoper‚ Stuttgart)‚ Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Beijing)‚ Die Walküre Peter Grimes‚ Falstaff‚ Norma (Grange Park Opera)‚ and Otello (Birmingham Opera Company). He co-founded Opera 80‚ and was resident conductor at English National Opera. Engagements abroad include Vancouver Opera, San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Australia. He has conducted most of the world’s major orchestras. Recordings include Joseph James’ Requiem with Sumi Jo and his own Rainbow Bear (with his wife‚ Joanna Lumley‚ as narrator); he has conducted the première of his opera King in Canterbury Cathedral. As a pianist‚ he has recorded the complete songs of Butterworth‚ Delius and Quilter.


Eleanor Alberga cemented a reputation as a contemporary composer of international stature after her Last Night of the Proms commission was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and seen by millions.


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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Eleanor Alberga’s new work, Awed light its chant entrances, is commissioned by the Dartington International Summer School & Festival. The Dartington Hall Trust is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations. 

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.

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 |

Friday 23rd 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.