Steuart Bedford: Britten’s Saint Nicolas & Adriano Adewale’s Percussion Concerto


Venue Great Hall

Running time 90 minutes

Artists Steuart Bedford, Steve Dummer, Tom Randle, Dartington Choir, Dartington Festival Orchestra


£15 - £20 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 16th August 7:45 pm

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About this event

The eminent conductor Steuart Bedford directs Britten’s joyful, action-packed cantata Saint Nicolas, with Tom Randle depicting his legendary birth, stormy voyage to Palestine, and the miracle of the three boys.

It’s prefaced by Adriano Adewale’s barnstorming, brand new percussion concerto – absolutely unmissable.


Adriano Adewale – Percussion Concerto

Britten – Saint Nicolas


Steuart Bedford conductor
Steve Dummer conductor
Tom Randle tenor
Dartington Choir
Dartington Festival Orchestra


Don’t miss:
Tom Randle singing The Diary of One Who Disappeared
Youthful Britten: A House on Middagh Street
Dartington Festival Orchestra playing Britten’s Young Apollo
Gildas Quartet playing Britten’s Quartet no.2
Britten’s The Turn of the Screw


Recognised as one of today’s leading Britten experts as a result of his long collaboration with the composer, Steuart Bedford has conducted Britten’s operas in the world’s greatest venues, including the world premiere of Death in Venice at Aldeburgh in 1973. Steuart Bedford conducted an innovative production of Peter Grimes at the Aldeburgh Festival that has since been released in cinemas, on DVD and on CD to critical acclaim. In recent seasons, he conducted highly praised productions of Death in Venice at Garsington Opera, Don Giovanni at Vancouver Opera, Albert Herring with BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre, The Turn of the Screw in the first-ever Britten opera presented by Opera Holland Park, Albert Herring at the Grange Park Festival with Aurora Orchestra and returned to the Royal Academy of Music in a production of The Rape of Lucretia.


The phenomenal Brazilian percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Adriano Adewale is one of the world’s great collaborators, with partners ranging from Salif Keita and Bobby McFerrin to Seu George and Britten Sinfonia. A charismatic performer and creator of dynamic projects of all kinds – from visual arts to dance and theatre – he has toured the world with his own distinctive sounds as well as working in partnership with artists from other art forms. Adriano has created soundtracks to accompany the work of fine artist Monica de Miranda, the British dance company Stacked Wonky, an animation based on Little Red Riding Hood, and performed in the Theatre Rites production, Mojo, a co-production with the Barbican and Salzburg Festival, which toured to New York. In 2011 he was commissioned by Joanna MacGregor at Bath International Music Festival to open the festival with Talking About Us, a large participatory work based on Children’s Rights, which involved over 200 young people performing in choirs as well as playing horns and percussion.


Tom Randle is one of the world’s leading tenors in opera and in recital. Many roles have been written especially for him, at ENO and ROH; his intense portrayal of Judas in the world première of Birtwistle’s Last Supper under Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin (as well as Glyndebourne) won him outstanding critical acclaim. Tom Randle devotes equal time to an active concert career, singing with the world’s greatest orchestras, and with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Colin Davis, Harry Christophers, Trevor Pinnock, and Ivan Fischer. Tom also appeared in the groundbreaking film version of John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer for Channel 4, and in Kenneth Branagh’s film of The Magic Flute. As a composer, his works have been performed in the UK, Europe and the US.

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.

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Friday 16th 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.