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

Phonelines are now open for individual course bookings! Please call 01803 847080 to book your space. Phone lines are open from 10am-4pm on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May. Reservations cannot be made via voicemail. Spaces are limited and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis by telephone only. We've opened up as many as spaces as we can under the extensive safety measures that we have in place, but don't worry, we'll be running waiting lists in the event that we can open up capacity further down the line! If you've not been to the Summer School before, we have a huge range of courses on offer, from Renaissance Band to Jazz Band, Vocal Classes to Piano Classes and Folk Choir to Gospel Choir - there's something here for you! See link in bio for full course information. 📷 @aliceisalwaysinwonderland ...

🎺Individual Course Passes Coming Soon! After much consideration and careful planning, we're delighted to announce that Individual Course Passes will be available to book from Wednesday 12th May, 10am. Spaces are limited and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis by telephone only. If you've had your eye on one of our courses for a while, Wednesday is the time to pick up the phone! We've opened up as many as spaces as we can under the extensive safety measures that we have in place, but don't worry, we'll be running waiting lists in the event that we can open up capacity further down the line! If you've not been to the Summer School before, we have a huge range of courses on offer, from Renaissance Band to Jazz Band, Vocal Classes to Piano Classes and Folk Choir to Gospel Choir - there's something here for you! Our full programme of courses can be found here: https://www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school/courses/ Call 01803 847080 to book your space! Please note: Phone lines are open from 10am-4pm on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May. Reservations cannot be made via voicemail. ...

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that conductor @alice.farnham.14 will be joining us at the Summer School this year! She will be running our specially commissioned JOY! project and running the chamber choir in Week 3. ...

Deadline looming for applications to join us at the Summer School & Festival as a volunteer. We’ve got available places for stewards, house parents and production volunteers. Join us for a lot of fun and a great experience. Applications close 14th May at 5pm. Apply via the website. ...

Happy #InternationalJazzDay, an annual chance "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.” Bravo! We have a fantastic programme of Advanced Jazz courses during Week 4 (14-21 Aug) of Summer School & Festival 2021. Under the baton of renowned jazz pianist Peter Edwards, instrumentalists and will have the unique opportunity to work on and perform Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts alongside members from Nu Civilisation Orchestra. Singers will also receive coaching from Carol Pemberton and Celia Wickham-Anderson of Black Voices. Generous student bursaries are available. For all information on courses, bursaries at Summer School & Festival, visit dartington.org/summerschool #InternationalJazzDay2021 #JazzCourses #DukeEllington #SummerSchoolandFestival2021 #DartingtonMusic #DartingtonHall ...

Today is Earth Day - a chance for all of us to reflect on how we can act positively as individuals, as a society and as a planet to better protect our environment and avoid the impending ecological crisis. To mark the day, we put a well deserved spotlight on an incredible musician, inventor and activist, Sarah Nicolls, who will be featuring at our #summerschoolandfestival2021. In 2020, Sarah’s brave and vital “12 Year” tour was an inspired response to an @ipcc report which announced we had just 12 years to radically change our behaviour if we are to save the planet. “Piano melodies and textures interweave with phone calls between three fictional characters challenging each other to either worry less or do more. We hear environmental experts, survivors escaping from a wildfire and a glacier melting, eloquent speeches from Greta Thunberg and finally the sound of hope emerging.” The @guardian rightly said that “what she does should be happening every week of the year”. Read and hear more of 12 Years at www.sarahnicolls.com/the-musical-activist Sarah Nicolls will be teaching keyboard classes and workshops at Summer School & Festival 2021. For more info, visit: www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school/courses/week-4/ (or via link in bio) #EarthDay #SaveOurPlanet #MusicalActivism @dartingtontrust @schumachercollege @soundukarts @aceagrams ...

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