What's On: Live arts & music

Curating programmes across music, film, live performance and contemporary visual art, Dartington Arts aims to animate our rural space with global perspective and profound experiences.

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Stile Antico: Breaking the Habit

  • Sat 27th Jul 2019

From the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England, women across Europe held more power than ever before, commissioning music of exquisite beauty. Stile Antico shines a light on an often-neglected repertoire, bringing life to Renaissance women through song. More Info >

Jane Chapman: French Clavecinistes and Beyond

  • Sun 28th Jul 2019

An intimate early keyboard programme by Jane Chapman, described as ‘Britain’s most progressive harpsichordist’ (The Independent on Sunday) and ‘the hippest harpsichordist around’ (Metro). She explores the elegant and improvisatory nature of 17th century harpsichord music. More Info >

Ensemble Meridiana: Fairest Isle

  • Sun 28th Jul 2019

Since its formation in 2006, multi award-winning Ensemble Meridiana has established itself as one of Europe’s finest Baroque ensembles of its generation. The five members come from four different countries; they all met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland where they specialised in early music. More Info >

Merit Ariane: Moon and Sun

  • Sun 28th Jul 2019

The exciting Egyptian-German singer Merit Ariane directs another of her exclusive programmes created especially for Dartington, drawing on Arab and Western culture. This year she collaborates with the Spanish Flamenco percussionist Antonio Romero and Turkish oud player Baha Yetkin, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jon Banks. More Info >

Atéa Wind Quintet: Malcolm Arnold and more

  • Mon 29th Jul 2019

A lovely, lively programme of wind music, from Malcom Arnold’s characteristically jolly Sea Shanties  – first performed in an aircraft hangar at the Filton Aerodrome, Bristol, in August 1943 – to the lyrically romantic Italian composer Briccaldi. More Info >

Fretwork: Bach’s Art of Fugue

  • Mon 29th Jul 2019

The brilliant players of viol consort Fretwork perform Bach’s late, great masterwork in its entirety. They unwrap its complexity with short introductions to each contrapunctus, and illuminate with projections of Bach’s beautiful manuscript. More Info >

Tamim al-Barghouti, Stevie Wishart: The Sky is Shared by Everyone

  • Mon 29th Jul 2019

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 uses the qanun and piano. More Info >

Joanna MacGregor: Bach Forms

  • Tue 30th Jul 2019

What are the connections between Bach’s exhilarating Goldberg Variations, and his mysterious Art of Fugue? Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor provides a lively introduction to these two seminal works, examining the challenges of approaching Bach on the modern piano. More Info >

In Echo: Pure and Profane

  • Tue 30th Jul 2019

1501 saw the publication of the first ever book of printed music in Venice, Ottaviano Petrucci’s collection Harmonice Musices Odhecaton. This performance by In Echo takes a new look at this repertoire, presenting it using some of the colourful instrument ensembles known to have been used in Venetian ensembles at the time. More Info >

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