Our Bursary Scheme

King Arthur Dress Rehearsal with Baroque Orchestra - Summer School 2017

King Arthur Company - Summer School 2017

Vocal Masterclass and Lutenists outside - Summer School 2017

Jennifer Tsang recorder workshop with Jill Kemp

Being a bursary student at Dartington is a unique experience; fantastic music-making in the beautiful setting of the medieval Dartington estate in rural South Devon, and access to an amazing series of concerts across the whole summer.

Dartington welcomes bursary students from all over the world and prides itself on offering high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals. We do not wish finance to be a barrier to attending the Summer School. Bursaries (funds towards the cost of fees) are available to help students, graduates and young musicians attend advanced courses.

With accommodation and catering included, residential bursary students can engage and network with artists and other musicians over meals and throughout the evenings. All successful bursary applicants are accommodated in Foxhole, which comprises single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The accommodation is basic, but functional, and most students find they spend very little time in the their room, with so many classes and concerts on offer throughout the day and into the evenings.

Our bursaries are attached to places on our advanced courses, all of which have an application process and require materials to be sent in for consideration. While it is possible to apply for an advanced course without a bursary, it is not usually possible to apply for a bursary to take part in an open course, ensemble, or workshop. Bursary students are required to pay a contribution of between £100 and £500 per week.

Conductors workshop with Sian Edwards

To apply for a bursary, we will ask you to send your CV, a letter of recommendation from your teacher, and two recordings (video or audio) of your playing or singing. Conductors should send two videos of them conducting, along with their CV and teacher’s letter. Composers should send two scores, and may send recordings in addition.

Because our advanced course applications are assessed by the course tutor and numbers are limited to ensure all students have meaningful course time with the tutors, we can’t accept incomplete applications. You must ensure that you send all the relevant materials to us at the time of application, or we will be unable to send them on and they will not be considered.

The deadline for bursary and advanced courses is 9am on Monday 26 March.

Go to the Bursary Application form

Courses with bursaries available

Vocal Masterclasses
Advanced Baroque Orchestra (with string, wind, and brass tuition)
Advanced Renaissance Wind Band
Lute and Lute Ensembles
Viol Consorts
Advanced Opera courses
Piano Masterclass
Piano Concerto Competition
Violin and Cello Masterclasses
Advanced Music Theatre
Advanced Composition
Advanced Conducting

Advanced Courses

Applications for Advanced Courses are currently closed pending the evaluation of the first wave of submissions. Please watch this space for information on when we’ll be reopening applications for any remaining places.

Dartington Summer School prides itself on offering high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals.

Some courses – Advanced Conducting and Advanced Opera for example – run over two or three sessions per day whilst others are part-time. You may wish to participate in one intensive course or several shorter courses, and use your free time to practise and meet up with other players. The Summer School is a brilliant place to meet like-minded musicians. Many long-lasting musical partnerships and friendships are made at Dartington, and have a major impact on musicians’ careers. The Summer School also provides a fantastic opportunity to explore a new study which contrasts but compliments your principal study.

If you would like to apply for an advanced course without a bursary, please complete the booking form and send the following supporting materials to summerschool@dartington.org; two contrasting recordings (video recordings for Advanced Conducting or scores for Advanced Composition), your CV, one reference.

All advanced courses are subject to an application process, including the submission of supporting materials, and numbers are limited to ensure all students have meaningful time with the tutors. The guidelines below show the materials required for different disciplines:

Singers and Instrumentalists
2 recordings (audio or video)
Your CV
A letter of recommendation from a teacher or other musical professional

2 video recordings
Your CV
A letter of recommendation from a teacher or other musical professional

2 scores (recordings are optional but will be attached to your application if you send them)
Your CV
A letter of recommendation from a teacher or other musical professional

Materials should be sent to summerschool@dartington.org and can be sent as attachments or links to hosting sites – don’t forget to complete an application form too! Your application is not complete until these materials are received and tutors are unable to consider incomplete applications.

The first wave of applications are open until the Bursary application deadline (Monday 26 March 2018), at which point all applications will be reviewed by the course tutors. If you are interested in an Advanced Course, we advise that you apply before this deadline to ensure that your application is considered. We will do our best to allocate places as soon after the deadline as possible. Our tutors personally review every submission, including all supporting materials, so the volume of applications received will affect the length of time from submission to decision. We appreciate your patience during this process – all applicants will be contacted with the outcome of their application.

After this initial allocation, we will reopen applications for any remaining places. Most courses attract significantly more applicants than we can accommodate, and some (e.g Advanced Composition, Advanced Conducting) will draw their full intake of students from the first wave of submissions. Applications received during this period will be passed on to the course tutors immediately (there is no second deadline). Tutors review these applications around their existing commitments so we ask for your patience during this process.


For more information about the bursary scheme or advanced course application process, please email summerschool@dartington.org or call 01803 847080.