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!

THE DARTINGTON MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL & FESTIVAL 2023  WILL TAKE PLACE 22 JULY – 19 AUG .

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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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If you’re looking for a little something to brighten your day, head to BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concerts and you will find a selection of our concerts from Summer School 2022 ...

Join our team here at Dartington Trust, we are looking to recruit a highly organised music professional to take on the role of Senior Producer for the Dartington Music Summer School and Festival.

Often referred to as the Jewel in the Crown of the Trust’s programme, the Music Summer School and Festival has a long and celebrated history of transformative learning, world class performance, and in particular an association with composition, new music and experimentation.

Based on the beautiful medieval estate at Dartington in South Devon.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact the Creative Director, Emily Hoare on Emily.hoare@dartington.org
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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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