open space at summer school

New for the 2020 Summer School and Festival, we’ve created Open Space: a daily afternoon session to help you make the most of your time at Dartington. You can take part in a different workshop or taster event every day, or you can choose to rest, practise or explore the grounds – whatever supports your personal journey.

In Week 1, Open Space sessions will include a beginners’ Gamelan class, a chance to try the viol, a workshop on how to improve your sight-reading, and an outdoor performance of Raven Chacon’s Drum Grid in the beautiful Dartington gardens.

Week 2’s Open Space sessions will focus on wellbeing, with bodywork taster classes, and a one-off Vocal Unwind with Ben See. Soundart Radio will also offer a special drop-in creative radio session for young people.

As part of our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, Week 3’s Open Space activities, workshops and talks will enhance our understanding of his life and music. There will be opportunities to try out different forms of bodywork for musicians, and a chance for everyone to take part in JOY!

Week 4’s Open Space sessions will be experimental in flavour, from a daily free improvisation session at Aller Park Studios, to a scratch performance of Terry Riley’s 1960s minimalist masterpiece, Olson III. You’ll also have a chance to try your hand at conducting with Alice Farnham.

We’ll announce full details of all the Open Space events in March 2020.

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