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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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 >

Joanna MacGregor: The Goldberg Variations

  • Tue 30th Jul 2019

Bach’s Goldberg Variations BWV 988 has become an iconic monument in Western music. On one level, it’s simply a beautiful keyboard work, and on another, it’s a Rubik’s Cube of invention and architecture. More Info >

Emma Kirkby’s Birthday Concert

  • Wed 31st Jul 2019

We’re honoured to have two legends of early song – Emma Kirkby and Nicholas Clapton – in their ‘old meets young’ concert, to celebrate Emma’s birthday. The cross-fertilisation of Italian and English styles will be reflected in a sumptuous programme including Dowland, Lawes, Strozzi and Caccini. More Info >

Alice Oswald and Joanna MacGregor: Nobody

  • Wed 31st Jul 2019

The Yorkshire-based painter William Tillyer has collaborated with poet Alice Oswald on her new poem Nobody. This is a chance to see a major new version, with Tillyer’s dramatic paintings projected in the Great Hall, and new music from Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor. More Info >

Caroline Bergvall: In the Same Breath

  • Wed 31st Jul 2019

The international poet, artist and vocal performer, increasingly recognised for her unique interdisciplinary performances, presents here a subtle set of new solo pieces, incorporating multilingual poetics, vocal text and breath work. More Info >

Moondog and Terry Riley’s In C

  • Thu 1st Aug 2019

Two icons of 60s minimalism together, both inspired by early music. The New York street composer Moondog meshed jazz, Renaissance and Native American rhythms. The Californian Terry Riley’s masterpiece In C ushered in a new musical era, reflecting his love of Coltrane, Miles Davis, and North African music. More Info >

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