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.

Explore the Summer School & Festival

Our 2023 Festival runs from 22 July – 19 August – and we’ll be celebrating our 75th year of Summer School! 

If you’re new to the Festival, or need a refresher on how it all works, we recommend you read through this page before you get started.

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

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We're so looking forward to more Great Lawn sessions and other outdoor performances at this year's Summer School. In Week Two (29 July - 5 Aug), we're thrilled to welcome composer Robin Haigh and recorder virtuoso Tabea Debus for OUR DEAR FOREST, a large-scale installation co-created with recorder players of all ages and abilities, performed in the Deer Park.

Elsewhere, Week Two brings together folk and baroque music, with the dynamic conductor John Butt leading a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass. Meanwhile, acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger leads our advanced baroque orchestra, and there is expert tuition for amateur performers from soprano Kate Semmens, keyboardist Steven Devine, The Brook Street Band will lead our chamber music course with Rhiannon Evans. We’re delighted to welcome back Rob Harbron & Miranda Rutter to lead our folk sessions, alongside Alexis Bennett who reprises his Ten Tunes Ago course. Ana Silvera will be weaving songs and stories in a special new course, and sharing Ladino songs, and award-winning producer Leo Hornak looks at storytelling in radio.

Explore the full programme and book your Courses and Concerts pass via the Summer School link in our bio.

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Week One (22 - 29 July) of Summer School celebrates early and renaissance music. We are so excited to welcome so many brilliant tutors to lead courses for vocalists, instrumentalists and composers.

Robert Hollingworth makes a welcome return to Dartington with his group I Fagiolini for a live interactive version of the lockdown YouTube sensation, Sing The Score, plus a sumptuous Big Choir programme, supported by Gavin Roberts.

Celebrated soprano Mary Bevan and experimental composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian return to teach advanced courses, and we welcome the dynamic ensemble Mediva to Dartington for the first time to lead a range of courses in medieval music and dance forms through the ages.

Fretwork continue their fantastic programme of courses for viol players of all abilities, and we are thrilled to offer expert tuition from lutenist Lynda Sayce, harpsichordist Jane Chapman, early brass experts Emily White and Conor Hastings, lyric soprano and yoga instructor Madeleine Holmes, and Lux Musicae London who will be leading our chamber music course.

To explore the full programme and book your Courses and Concerts Pass, visit the Summer School link in our bio.

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Are you new to the Dartington Music Summer School? Here's how it works!

Every summer for nearly 70 years, Summer School has taken place across Dartington's medieval estate in the heart of Devon. Offering four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening from early music to jazz with courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by over 60 concerts and events.

Most participants book a Courses and Concerts Pass for the week of their choice. This gives full access to the programme for your chosen week. You can then build a timetable personalised to you, with three slots each day from more than 20 week-long courses every week.

All musical abilities are catered for from absolute beginners to advanced postgraduate students. Our courses are colour-coded into Vocal, Instrumental, Composition, Conducting and Future Sounds. The majority of courses have no selection process, but our advanced courses do and require the submission of supporting materials.

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Singers: have you explored our Summer School course programme yet? Today we're spotlighting the vocal sessions available each week. We've got courses for all abilities and interests from early music to folk, sea shanties to gospel. Explore the full programme at the link in our bio.

Week One (22 - 29 July 2023) celebrates early and renaissance music with I Fagiolini returning with a live version of Sing The Score, plus a sumptuous Big Choir programme supported by Gavin Roberts. Mary Bevan returns to teach advanced courses, while Madeleine Holmes will focus on building performance confidence for intermediate singers. Corina Marti will lead a masterclass on medieval music in the church and gardens: a uniquely Dartington experience!

Week Two (29 July - 5 August) brings together folk and baroque music, with @John Butt leading a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass. His award-winning group, Dunedin Consort, will be in residence offering vocal ensemble tuition. Mhairi Lawson will lead a vocal masterclass, while Kate Semmens offers tuition for intermediate singers. Ana Silvera will also be weaving songs and stories in a special new course for singer songwriters.

Week Three (5 - 12 August) is all about singing and playing together! We welcome choral conductor Grace Rossiter to conduct Rossini’s Stabat Mater, supported by Gavin Roberts. Ben See returns for a lively week of characterful songs and sea shanties. If you want to stretch your creative muscles, Héloïse Werner offers a new course for composer/performers, plus we've got a collaborative Art of Song masterclass led by tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook.

Week Four (12 - 19 August) celebrates the music of legendary composer Thea Musgrave. Celebrated choral director and organist Anna Lapwood will be making her Dartington debut to conduct Thea Musgrave’s Missa Brevis and Fauré’s Requiem. Andrew Watts reprises his popular vocal class, and Black Voices return with their sensational open gospel choir.

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From 22 July - 19 August 2023, the Dartington Music Summer School and Festival will return for four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz.

Bookings for courses will be opening very soon... watch this space for news! #DartingtonMusic
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