dartington music summer school & festival

Four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz. Courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by a festival of concerts and events, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.

dartington music summer school & festival

Four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz. Courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by a festival of concerts and events, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.

dartington music summer school & festival

Four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz. Courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by a festival of concerts and events, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.

dartington music summer school & festival

Four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz. Courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by a festival of concerts and events, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.

dartington music summer school & festival

Four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz. Courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by a festival of concerts and events, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.

dartington music summer school & festival

Four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz. Courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by a festival of concerts and events, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.

Explore the summer school

The Summer School & Festival runs from 24 July – 21 August 2021, programmed by Artistic Director Sara Mohr-Pietsch. The full programme of courses has been released and a provisional programme of festival events will be announced in May.

Decide whether you’re attending courses, concerts or both, and then choose a pass that’s right for you. You can also choose from a range of accommodation options on our beautiful estate as required. 

important covid-19 info

We are monitoring continuing developments and adapting our plans to ensure that we can deliver a safe summer school experience for all.

Click here to read our covid-19 statement and updated policies.

useful links

Concerts (coming soon)

latest from @dartingtonarts

With restrictions easing in England today, we look forward to a music-filled summer with a renewed, yet cautious, optimism. The Summer School team have been working hard to prepare for a number of eventualities, with safety being the number one priority. One of the ways we’ll be keeping you safe this summer is by utilising the beautiful outside spaces across the Dartington estate. Now, we know what you’re thinking. Whilst our optimism for the festival is running high, we should know better than to trust Devon’s weather in August. Well, let us reassure you. We’ve invested in a number of large outside structures to house classes, concerts, workshops and rehearsals. With detachable sides, doors and windows our new marquees are well ventilated whilst protected from the elements when required. As you can see from the picture above, there’s also plenty of space! From choral singing under trees to brass band concerts on the Great Lawn, we’ve got a tent to cover it! Please note that whilst our tents have plenty of space, our accommodation and course capacities are limited this Summer. Book early to avoid disappointment: https://www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school/ #DartingtonMusic #SummerSchoolandFestival2021 #ClassicalMusic #Festival #MusicSchool #DartingtonHall #Dartington #Devon #Summer ...

Have you ever wondered whether it's possible to capture the essence of Dartington Music Summer School on a blackboard in less than a minute? Well, here's our week 2 multi-talented folk violinist, Alexis Bennett, showing us how it’s done! For more information on Alexis' courses this Summer: https://www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school/courses/week-2/ #DartingtonMusic #SummerSchoolandFestival2021 #classicalmusical #folk #summer #Dartington #Devon ...

Call for applications! We are now accepting applications from students and advanced players for our Summer School bursaries and advanced courses: www.dartington.org/bursaries (or link via IG bio) Being a bursary student at Dartington is a unique experience; fantastic music-making in the beautiful setting of the medieval Dartington estate in rural South Devon, with access to an amazing series of concerts and events across the whole summer. Dartington welcomes bursary students from all over the world and prides itself on offering high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals. We do not wish finance to be a barrier to attending the Summer School so our bursaries (funds towards the cost of fees) are available to help students, graduates and young musicians attend advanced courses. See the whole Summer School & Festival programme at www.dartington.org/summer-school The Dartington Hall Trust #dartingtonmusic #summerschoolandfestival2021 #musicschool #advancedcourse #piano #composition #vocalmasterclass #earlymusic #baroqueorchestra #strings #conservatoire #classicalmusic #Dartingtonhall #Devon ...

Happy Early Music Day! Enthusiasts take note - a rich programme of early music awaits at Dartington Music Summer School & Festival in Devon this year (24 July – 21 Aug). We celebrate the intimacy of Renaissance chamber music with Fretwork, Dame Emma Kirkby, Lynda Sayce and The City Musick. Virtuoso gambist Liam Byrne takes up residence and Stile Antico reflect on a turbulent year with an exciting commission from Nico Muhly. We explore powerful storytelling through folk and baroque, with inspiring artists John Butt and his Dunedin Consort and Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque... And so much more! Browse the full early music programme at: http://dartington.org/summerschool @by.aubrey 📷 #dartingtonmusic #summerschoolandfestival2021 REMA - EEMN #EarlyMusicDay Early Music Day Brighton Early Music Festival Early Music Instruments.com Viola da Gamba Society Bristol Early Music Festival Brighton Early Music Festival National Centre for Early Music The Early Music Shop Thomas Tallis Society Brecon Baroque Festival ...

“Acute listening, gorgeous lines and serene beauty… @Stile_Antico’s attention to the colour of words, subtle alternation of solo voices and different groupings of singers lent constant variety to the timbre and tone of the sound” - @TheGuardian Join vocal ensemble Stile Antico at week 1 of Summer School for an exploration of sacred and secular Renaissance music connected to the themes of dusk, night and dawn, including works by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Orlandus Lassus and Claudio Monteverdi. You’ll work in small groups of one or two to a part, develop your ensemble skills of tuning, listening and group phrasing, and get to know some little-known musical gems. Browse the full programme at www.dartington.org/summer-school (or link via bio) #DartingtonMusic #SummerSchoolandFestival #earlymusicday @EarlyMusicDay @VisitTotnes @VisitDevon #vocalensemble ...

As we look forward to another wonderful summer of music at #DartingtonMusic #summerschoolandfestival2021, we also love looking back with these stunning photographs from years gone by, captured by the incredibly talented @kate_mount_photographer. Certainly worth following Kate’s account for Summer School fans, as it’s a treasured document of the talented musical minds who have passed through Dartington over the years (such as Ray Davies, pictured)... #Repost @kate_mount_photographer ・・・ In 2012 I photographed Sir Ray Davies, singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the Kinks, which was a treat as I’ve always liked their music. He was running a songwriting course at Dartington Summer School of Music in 2012. He didn’t much like being photographed but I got quite a few shots of him in the end ..... #raydavies #kinks #thekinks #dartingtonarts #dartingtonsummerschool @thekinksofficial @thekinks.fans ...

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