The Turn of the Screw


Venue Great Hall

Artists Students of the Advanced Opera and Conducting Courses, Tom Randle, Jonathan Lakeland Palmer, Graeme Jenkins, Dartington Festival Orchestra


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

Next date 24th August 7:30 pm

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About this event

Based on Henry James’s chilling novella, Britten’s intense chamber opera tells the story of a young governess desperate to protect her children, Miles and Flora, from evil. The culmination of the two-week opera and conducting courses, led by the internationally-renowned Graeme Jenkins and staring Tom Randle as the sinister Peter Quint. Semistaged with surtitles.


Students of the Advanced Opera and Conducting Courses
Tom Randle Peter Quint
Jonathan Lakeland Palmer opera coach
Graeme Jenkins conductor
Dartington Festival Orchestra


Don’t miss more Britten:
Tom Randle singing Britten’s folk songs
Dartington Festival Orchestra playing Britten
Steuart Bedford conducting Saint Nicolas
Gidas Quartet playing Britten’s Quartet no.2


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.

Hear Tom rehearsing Handel here


The English conductor Graeme Jenkins is renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience in the field of opera. Appointed Music Director of Dallas Opera in 1994, he has also held the positions of Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986-1991) and Principal Guest Conductor of Cologne Opera (1997-2002). During his illustrious career Mr Jenkins has conducted 112 different works in 171 opera productions in houses such as Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera North in the UK, and abroad with Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Australian Opera, Canadian Opera and Glimmerglass. His vast repertoire spans from the early baroque through the core Italian and German masterworks to world premieres.


The British-American musician Jonathan Palmer Lakeland is a piano accompanist, conductor, and producer. Jonathan holds a Répétiteur Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and also holds a position as assistant to the Artistic Director of the Solti Accademia in Italy. He studied at the Georg Solti Accademia in Venice with Maestro Richard Bonynge, and in the summer of 2018 held the Billy Joel Keyboard Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA. While a fellow, Jonathan served as assistant conductor of Leonard Bernstein’s opera A Quiet Place, part of Tanglewood’s celebration of his centenary. Jonathan has made his debuts at Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder Festival, and the Leeds Lieder Festival, and has been heard in masterclasses by musicians including Sir Thomas Allen, Susan Bullock, and Bengt Forsberg.

Jonathan is a published author, and is currently writing a book on choral accompanying to be published in 2019.

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 |

Saturday 24th 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.