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 over 60 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 over 60 concerts and events, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.

our 2022 festival has come to an end…

…and what a festival it was! All that remains is to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone to made the festival possible – from those to attended, to our staff, volunteer army, supporters and beyond.

We can’t tell you what a pleasure it’s been to welcome so many of you to our beautiful estate for what we think is the ultimate shared music-making experience.

If you’ve expressed an interest, we’ll and we’ll be in touch shortly about priority bookings for 2023. Otherwise, see you next year!

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We are thrilled to be welcoming back acclaimed pianist and former Summer School Artistic Director, Joanna MacGregor, to The Great Hall on Friday 16 September as she demonstrates her unique talent for reinvention of the concert recital.

Ligeti’s playful and wildly sardonic miniatures announced him to the world, drawing on folk and jazz, recast in his own language. They’re followed by Liszt’s fiery tribute to the 1848 revolution, and his magnificent sea-music paraphrases from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. The Austro-Hungarian theme continues in Schubert’s final, glowing sonata, an immensely psychological and deeply human work.

Joanna brings works of freshness and depth, wrapped within an epic framework.

Tickets via dartington.org

📷: Terry Jeavons, 2016
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Upcoming this autumn we have a brilliant selection of music events in our Great Hall, which dates back to the 14th century. It was later restored and rebuilt with William Weir leading the works which included the notable hammerbeam roof which began being built in 1931, with the oak used being cut from the Dartington Estate. Next time you enter the Great Hall take a look up and remember the incredible history of what made Dartington’s home of live music.

In September, former Summer School & Festival director Joanna MacGregor will be returning to our Great Hall for a recital blending Ligeti, Liszt and Schubert. We'll also be joined by the wonderful Ana Silvera, bringing her folk and bluegrass-tinged set to the estate.
Also, don't miss concerts with Devon Baroque Orchestra, Consone Quartet and a rarely heard Dvorak oratorio enriched with puppetry!

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to and attended Summer School!

Browse all concerts at Dartington - www.dartington.org/whats-on
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Tonight we close 2022's Dartington Music Summer School & Festival with a celebration of Vaughan Williams' 150th anniversary. You'll be treated to a special a cappella performance of his Five Mystical Songs and other songs sung by our Festival Choir, led by critically acclaimed conductor William Vann.

Join us at 7:30pm in the Great Hall for an unmissable evening of choral music!

Tickets: dartington.org/event/vaughan-williams-150/

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{Pictured: The Dartington Festival Chorus and Orchestra at a previous year's Summer School, photographed by Kate Mount}
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60 years ago, electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire visited Dartington to take part in the Music Summer School, bringing with her equipment from the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop to be used in Italian avant-garde composer Luciano Berio’s composition course. Derbyshire was at the start of a career that saw her go on to find fame as the composer of the Dr Who theme tune, and today she is recognised as one of the great original minds in the history of electronic music.

In a special event we're holding in the Great Hall at 9:30pm this coming Thursday (19 Aug), composer John Matthias and his Summer School course participants will re-imagine what Delia Derbyshire’s Dartington experience may have sounded like.

Join us for this unique performance celebrating a true musical pioneer and part of Dartington history: dartington.org/event/the-delia-derbyshire-experience/

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Amidst their packed schedule teaching and performing in Week Three of the Dartington Music Summer School & Festival, the Brodsky Quartet also found time to beat their advanced string quartet students at croquet... Brilliant!

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