summer festival

23 Jul - 19 Aug: Enjoy over 60 concerts and events across a glorious summer of music

This year’s Summer Festival celebrates the ethereal power of music through the other four elements.

We will journey from the watery beginnings of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers in Venice and the fiery drama of Handel’s biblical oratorio Athalia, to the earthy lament of Brahms’ Requiem and the airy mysticism of choral music by Vaughan Williams.

In addition to our stunning concert programme, keep an eye out for family-friendly performances and workshops, plus a range of talks.

JUMP TO: WEEK 1 | WEEK 2 | WEEK 3 | WEEK 4

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WEEK 1 (WATER)

23 – 30 July: These gorgeous early music concerts have hidden depths to explore

WEEK 1 (WATER)

23 – 30 July: These gorgeous early music concerts have hidden depths to explore

The City Musick

Dartington’s favourite early wind ensemble gets our month-long music festival off to a joyous start with a programme of dances and polyphony written for 16th-century German court and town bands.
Sat 23 Jul

concert

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Fretwork

A celebration of Matthew Locke’s 400th birthday, pairing his innovative viol consorts with those of Henry Purcell, and Purcell-inspired music by Gavin Bryars.

Sat 23 Jul

concert

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Rain Dreaming

Harpsichordist Jane Chapman takes audiences on a sonic meander through green gardens and Japanese waterfalls in music inspired by the natural world.
Sun 24 Jul

concert

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The Myth of Venice

Join Dartington Music Summer School regular Gawain Glenton for a dazzling programme of virtuosic music for cornetto by some of the finest 16th-century composers, who helped put the watery city of Venice on the musical map.

mon 25 jul

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Stile Antico: Earth

The acclaimed vocal ensemble presents A Garden of Earthly Delights, with shepherds and nymphs brought to life through English and Italian madrigals, and a stunning Petrarch setting by Gavin Bryars.

mon 25 jul

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Stile Antico: Heaven

Part two of this double-bill, A Garden of Heavenly Delights features candlelit songs of celestial love by Palestrina and Monteverdi, and a dazzling Shakespeare setting, The Phoenix and the Turtle, by Huw Watkins.

mon 25 jul

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Panel Discussion: The Human Voice

Join the Dartington Music Summer School & Festival Artistic Director, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, for a fascinating insight into the art of singing, with world class tenors John Potter and James Gilchrist, and baritone and choir leader Sam Evans.
Tue 26 July

talk

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Ensemble Meridiana

Hop on a musical cruise, with French baroque suites depicting epic voyages, mythical sea creatures and aquatic displays, alongside regal Water Music by Handel and Telemann.

tue 26 jul

concert

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Ensemble Meridiana: Family Concert

Hear members of this vibrant ensemble play music from the Renaissance and early Baroque, and learn about their instruments.
Wed 27 Jul

family concert

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Gavin Bryars: In Conversation

A chance to hear celebrated composer Gavin Bryars discussing his life, work and love of early music, in conversation with broadcaster Fiona Talkington.

wed 27 jul

talk

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James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist (tenor) and Anna Tilbrook (piano) present Time’s Cruel Hand, a moving exploration of time. Featuring songs by Dowland, Schubert and Brahms, and Benjamin Britten’s striking song cycle Winter Words.

wed 27 jul

concert

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Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

A profoundly moving meditation on the vulnerability of life, featuring the voice of a homeless man in London. Gavin Bryars leads a unique performance of his iconic work on early instruments.

wed 27 jul

concert

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Family Song

A sing-along for the whole family, with folksongs and harmonies from around the world. Led by Tara Franks. Ages 8+

thu 28 jul

family workshop

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Gavin Bryars & Friends

An intimate evening revealing composer Gavin Bryars’ love for early music, with John Potter (tenor), Jacob Herringman (lute), Jane Chapman (harpsichord), and members of Stile Antico and Fretwork.

thu 28 jul

concert

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Tots Tunes

Sing, dance and shake in this fun, interactive parent and baby class led by cellist Tara Franks. Ages 0-5

fri 29 jul

family workshop

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Monteverdi Vespers

A sumptuous performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, with Summer School artists and participants directed by Andrew Griffiths. This promises to be a musical extravaganza in inimitable Dartington style!

fri 29 jul

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WEEK 2 (FIRE)

30 July – 6 August: A powerful alchemy of baroque and folk music

WEEK 2 (FIRE)

30 July – 6 August: A powerful alchemy of baroque and folk music

Ensemble Molière

Recently selected as BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Baroque Ensemble, Ensemble Molière perform an enticing programme of 17th and 18th-century French music.

Sat 30 jul

concert

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Kate Semmens & Steven Devine

The soprano and harpsichord duo explore the gems from the domestic notebooks of Anna Magdalena Bach, offering a charming insight into the domestic music-making of the Bach household.

sun 31 Jul

concert

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Campfire Club

Grab a drink and gather round the fire to experience the magic of The Nest Collective’s celebrated outdoor folk event, featuring an amazing line-up of artists from the Dartington Music Summer School.

sun 31 Jul

outdoor concert

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Soundscreative Lab

Tara Franks leads a three-day creative workshop for singers and instrumentalists, exploring basic tools for making music together in a relaxed environment. There will be sessions on rhythm, improvisation, and composing as a group. You don’t need to read music to take part! Ages 8+

1-3 aug

family workshop

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Academy of Ancient Music

Soloists from the renowned AAM, with their music director Laurence Cummings, play trio sonatas by Bach, and explore the dazzling virtuosity of instrumental transcriptions of baroque opera arias.

mon 1 aug

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Balladeste

A candlelit evening with the alt-folk string duo of Preetha Narayanan (violin) and Tara Franks (cello), who weave their own original creations with arrangements of Indian devotional songs.

mon 1 aug

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The Fiery Flute

Rachel Brown presents an electrifying programme of music for solo flute on historical instruments, including Bach’s Partitas, Telemann’s Fantasias, and the florid Caprices of the 18th-century flute virtuoso and composer, Quantz.

tue 2 aug

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Leveret

Folk trio Leveret (Sam Sweeney, Andy Cutting and Rob Harbron) makes its Festival debut with a captivating blend of old and new folk tunes, plus music from John Playford’s English Dancing Master.

tue 2 aug

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Andrew Watts

A late night song recital from countertenor Andrew Watts, renowned for his incredible stage presence and breadth of repertoire, and pianist Gavin Roberts.

tue 2 aug

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House of Shards & Shadows

Virtuoso Jill Kemp plays solo recorder music from the 12th-century abbess Hildegard of Bingen to the celebrated voices of Telemann and Bach, plus new works by Dani Howard and Dorothée Hahn.

wed 3 aug

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Dartington Festival Baroque Orchestra

A dazzling display of instrumental colour from the Dartington Festival Baroque Orchestra. Featuring Jean-Fery Rebel’s Suite Les elemens, which evokes delicate fountains and playful breezes alongside earthy dances and fiery virtuosity.

wed 3 aug

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And the Earth Shall Bear Again…

Devon eco-poet Dom Bury and pianist Elena Riu join forces for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music, sharing creative responses to the climate crisis, and inspiring reverence for the natural world.

wed 3 aug

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Carolyn Sampson

Praised for her vocal agility, exquisite tone and consummate artistry, Carolyn Sampson returns to Dartington alongside pianist Gavin Roberts for an unmissable song recital.

thu 4 aug

concert

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Ruth Smith: Handel's Athalia

Join the brilliant Handel specialist Ruth Smith for this pre-concert talk, to find out more about Handel’s fiery biblical oratorio, Athalia.

fri 5 aug

talk

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Handel's Athalia

Acclaimed conductor Laurence Cummings, directs our Dartington Festival Baroque Orchestra and Chorus, and a star line-up of soloists including Carolyn Sampson and Andrew Watts in Handel’s fiery and dramatic oratorio, Athalia.

fri 5 aug

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WEEK 3 (Earth)

6 – 13 August: A deep dive into the fertile ground of chamber music

WEEK 3 (Earth)

6 – 13 August: A deep dive into the fertile ground of chamber music

Brodsky Quartet

The Brodsky Quartet celebrates its 50th birthday in Dartington with the complete Shostakovich string quartets. The cycle begins with the first three of the Russian composer’s quartets.

Sat 6 aug

concert

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Jon Banks: Brahms in the Tavern

Jon Banks shares his incredible research into the music that inspired Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, featuring some newly unearthed Viennese gypsy-band recordings.

sun 7 aug

talk

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Leonore Piano Trio

Violinist Benjamin Nabarro, cellist Gemma Rosefield and pianist Tim Horton return to Dartington after their acclaimed debut last year, to share some of their favourite piano trios.

sun 7 aug

outdoor concert

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Homage to Grieg

Pianist Ivana Gavrić explores the Norwegian composer’s fascination with the past, including his much loved Holberg Suite, plus new music by Cheryl Frances Hoad.

sun 7 aug

concert

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Florian Mitrea: Family Concert

Join pianist Florian Mitrea for a relaxed concert ideal for all the family, weaving classical music with storytelling.

mon 8 aug

family concert

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Shostakovich Quartets (4&5)

Brodsky Quartet and their Advanced String Quartet students play Shostakovich’s mellow Quartet no.4 and deeply personal Quartet no.5.

mon 8 aug

concert

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Songs of the Earth

This exceptional soprano/piano duo presents Songs of the Earth, a moving exploration of what it means to be alive, with songs by Clara Schumann, Schubert, Grieg and Strauss.

mon 8 aug

concert

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Shostakovich Quartets (6&9)

Brodsky Quartet and students play Shostakovich’s carefree Quartet no.6, and childhood inspired Quartet no.9.

mon 8 aug

concert

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Shostakovich Quartets (7&10)

The Advanced Strings Quartet Students from the Dartington Music Summer School perform Shostakovich’s brief Quartet no.7 alongside the feverish Quartet no.10.

tue 9 aug

concert

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Baillie Duo

A rare opportunity to hear father/son duo Alexander Baillie (cello) and Max Baillie (violin), collaborating with Dartington regular Florian Mitrea (piano).

tue 9 aug

concert

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Sarah Dacey & Gavin Roberts

Praised for her strong and witty performances, soprano and composer Sarah Dacey joins forces with pianist Gavin Roberts for a late-night song recital.

tue 9 aug

concert

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Leonore Piano Trio: Family Concert

Join the Leonore Piano Trio for a relaxed concert ideal for all the family and learn about their instruments.

wed 10 aug

family concert

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Shostakovich Quartets (11&12)

Brodsky Quartet and students play the deeply profound Quartets, no.11 and no.12 side-by-side.

wed 10 aug

concert

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Dances of the Earth

Ivana Gavrić continues her focus on Grieg, pairing his Slåter (Norwegian folk dances) with raw and rustic music by Tchaikovsky and Chopin.

wed 10 aug

concert

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shostakovich quartets (13&14)

Brodsky Quartet members and students play Quartets no.13 and no.14 side-by-side.

wed 10 aug

concert

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Dartington Festival Chamber Ensemble

Our talented students conduct Britten’s Sinfonietta, alongside music by Stravinsky, Varese and Wagner.

thu 11 aug

concert

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Brahms in the Tavern

A lively night of music with the fabulous band ZRI, who infuse Romantic repertoire with the gypsy band spirit of a famous Vienesse tavern.

thu 11 aug

concert

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shostakovich quartets (15)

Under cover of darkness, the Brodsky Quartet fills the Great Hall with the radiant sound of Shostakovich’s funereal Quartet no.15.

thu 11 aug

concert

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shostakovich quartets (8)

The Brodsky Quartet’s epic Shostakovich cycle closes with a joyous ensemble performance of Quartet no.8.

fri 12 aug

concert

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Brahms Requiem

Church and tavern collide in this unmissable performance of Brahms’ choral masterpiece, the German Requiem. Alice Farnham conducts our Summer School Choir, with an added twist of clarinet, dulcimer and accordion from ZRI.

fri 12 aug

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WEEK 4 (Air)

13 – 19 August: An emphasis on breath and air – with superb vocalists and moody jazz

WEEK 4 (air)

13 – 19 August: An emphasis on breath and air – with superb vocalists and moody jazz

Peter Edwards & Friends

A thrilling evening of jazz with pianist Peter Edwards, performing alongside some of the brightest young musicians of their generation.

Sat 13 aug

concert

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Joseph Havlat

Pianist Joseph Havlat is well known for his sensitive and powerful performances of new and old music.

sun 14 aug

concert

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Black Voices

The leading a cappella group returns to Dartington with its unique combination of spirituals, traditional African, Caribbean and English folk songs, jazz, gospel, pop and reggae.

sun 14 aug

concert

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Three Foolish Things

Theatrical vocalist Sarah Gabriel is joined by William Vann (piano) and Steve Dummer (clarinet) for an enticing programme of music from the American Songbook.

sun 14 aug

concert

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Quatuor Bozzini with Juliet Fraser

The leading Canadian string quartet plays from Beethoven’s Quartet no.132, and gives the live premiere of Cassandra Miller’s Beethoven-inspired Thanksong with soprano Juliet Fraser.

Mon 15 Aug

concert

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Eliza McCarthy

Pianist Eliza McCarthy gives an intimate, nocturnal recital of music by Kit Downes, Caroline Shaw and Gabriella Smith, and is joined by Rolf Hind for John Adams’ hypnotic Hallelujah Junction.

mon 15 aug

concert

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Brett Baker & Paul Archibald

Dartington regulars, Brett Baker (trombone) and Paul Archibald (trumpet) join forces for a recital featuring dazzling music for brass.

tue 16 aug

concert

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Rolf Hind

A luminous programme from pianist/composer Rolf Hind, featuring his own meditative cycle of miniatures, Bhutani, alongside Olivier Messiaen’s Le Loriot and Claude Vivier’s solo Shiraz.

tue 16 aug

concert

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Jason Yarde & Mark Sanders

A unique collaboration, guest curated by Café OTO, featuring two outstanding improvising musicians: Jason Yarde (saxophones) and Mark Sanders (drums).

tue 16 aug

concert

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Magnard Ensemble

An evening of wind chamber music from the exuberant Magnard Ensemble.

wed 17 aug

concert

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The air is just desire

Juliet Fraser (soprano) and Quatuor Bozzini present two works about Schoenberg’s marriage to Mathilde Wesendonck, with the world premiere of Christopher Fox’s The air is just desire and Schoenberg’s ravishing 2nd Quartet.

wed 17 aug

concert

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Magnard Ensemble: Family Concert

Following their sell-out event at last year’s Festival, this engaging young wind quintet presents another riotous musical adventure for all the family.

thu 18 aug

family concert

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Dartington Festival Strings

Talented students conduct our string orchestra in Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, plus an Imogen Holst world premiere, and a new work by Cecilia McDowall.

thu 18 aug

concert

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The Delia Derbyshire Experience

In this special event, composer John Matthias and his course participants re-imagine what Delia Derbyshire’s 1962 visit to Dartington may have sounded like.

thu 18 aug

concert

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Vaughan Williams @150

William Vann directs our Festival Chorus for a Vaughan Williams’ 150th anniversary celebration, with a special a cappella programme including Five Mystical Songs.

fri 19 aug

concert

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