Four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, for all ages and abilities, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.
It’s been my great pleasure to be the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School and Festival for the last five years; I bid farewell to you all with a four-week programme brimming with vitality, daring, and joy. Play jazz; create new music; sing Handel or Britten in a choir; thrill to The Rite of Spring. Experience everything from early music to samba, opera to film. Hear Alfred Brendel talking about music, participate in John Cage’s anarchic Musicircus, study with the great Harrison Birtwistle, or take folk sessions with Emily Portman. There are poetry and mixed media courses, installations and lectures. Dartington Summer School hosts over one hundred public concerts throughout August. Visit the gardens; immerse yourself in their calm beauty, in the ancient shimmer of the buildings, from morning to late night. Some of the world’s most celebrated and generous musicians, writers and thinkers will be here, listening to one another in the Great Hall, experiencing Dartington with you. I’m proud to have been part of the Summer School’s rich history. I invite you to share the four weeks with us, filled with music, warmth and creativity.