chamber music

Chamber Music runs in every week of the Summer School. It offers a chance to have fun, develop your ensemble performance skills, and learn new repertoire by working in small groups with other participants. Throughout the course, you will receive guidance for your group from one of the Summer School artists. This may vary from day to day, but you can expect to receive direct coaching for around 50% of the course hours over the week.

Participants in these sessions should submit a Chamber Music Booking Form (available from 2 December) by 1 June in order to be placed in a group.

The format of the Chamber Music course varies in each week of the festival:

WEEK 1 & 2

In Weeks 1 & 2, you can sign up for Chamber Music in Session 2 and/or Session 3. Whether you sign up for one or both sessions per day, the course leaders will put together ensembles in advance of the festival, and put members in touch with each other to discuss repertoire. If you come as a pre-formed ensemble, you can choose to stay in the same ensemble for both sessions. Coaching from members of Lux Musicae London (Week 1) or Ensemble Meridiana (Week 2) will be available.

As these sessions are pre-arranged, we ask that everyone signing up is committed to that session for the week, and that the chosen repertoire is prepared in advance.

WEEK 3

As part of our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, the main Chamber Music course will focus on the great composer’s string and piano chamber music.

You will be placed into small ensembles in advance to work intensively on Beethoven’s string quartets, piano trios and solo string sonatas. Pre-formed groups are welcome, but if you come alone, we’ll allocate you a place in a fixed group before you arrive. You’ll have a chance to prepare the repertoire in advance. The formal teaching happens in Session 3, with expert tuition for at least half the session from the brilliant young Castalian Quartet, pianist Tom Poster, and our resident student piano trio. You’ll also be able to meet informally at other times of day.

As these sessions are pre-arranged, we ask that everyone signing up is committed to the session for the week, and that the chosen repertoire is prepared in advance.

WEEK 4

Week 4 focusses on Wind Chamber Music in Session 1, with expert coaching from the exuberant wind quintet, the Magnard EnsembleYou’ll be organised into groups, and repertoire will be suggested in advance to get the week started. As the week progresses, it may be possible to form additional groups and explore other repertoire.

 If you have any questions about our Chamber Music programme, please contact the Summer School office on summerschool@dartington.org or 01803 847080.

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