Venue Great Hall
Running time 60 minutes
Artists Tamim al-Barghouti, spoken word; Stevie Wishart, hurdy gurdy and violin; Jon Banks, qanun and percussion; Joanna MacGregor, piano
£10 (50% off students & under 18s)
Next date 29th July 10:00 pm
Book online below
About this event
The Sky is Shared by Everyone – a quotation from one of Tamim al-Barghouti’s poems – brings together improvisation, new music and poetry.
Taking the weaving tradition of Persian rugs as inspiration, Stevie Wishart’s new Weft and Warp for horizontal and vertical strings (funded by the Dartington International Summer School Foundation) uses the qanun and piano, threading other sounds into a remarkable soundscape of words and music.
A spoken-word rock star with a million online followers, Tamim al Barghouti’s charisma, brilliance and humour is revolutionary, illuminating and moving.
In the streets of Cairo and the Palestinian territories, children compete at reciting his poem In Jerusalem, a mournful narrative poem that follows a cab ride into and then back out of Jerusalem. A recording of it became a popular ringtone. The New Yorker
Stevie Wishart explores medieval and contemporary extremes, using voices, ancient technologies such as the hurdy-gurdy, and emerging technologies of today. She studied composition at York University with Trevor Wishart, improvised and aleatoric music with John Cage in Edinburgh, early music in violin and voice at the Guildhall, London and at New College, Oxford. Her many collaborations have included Michèle Noiret (Théâtre National de Bruxelles), Wayne McGregor, Orchestra of the Age on Enlightenment, and a large-scale choral Proms commission with the BBC Singers and designer Philippe Starck. Exploring music’s unique ability to express new ideas on a level which transcends other routes of communication motivates her work as a composer and improviser.
Tamim al-Barghouti talks to The New Yorker about his life and poetry in this article.
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
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
Monday 29th July
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Visiting Dartington Hall
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.