What's On: Summer Concerts

Through the four weeks of Summer School, Dartington is host to more than 90 concerts and events.

There are usually three concerts per night: Early Evening (usually 5.15pm), Evening (usually 7.45pm), and Late Night (usually 10pm). Look for the ‘filter events’ option on this page to browse by event time.

This vibrant programme of events encompasses opera, jazz, orchestral, music theatre, gospel, film music, and more.

Summer School Courses and Concerts Pass holders have access to every concert during their chosen week.


Stephen De Pledge: A New Zealand Partita

  • Thu 22nd Aug 2019

Commissioned especially for Stephen De Pledge, seven New Zealand composers have written pieces inspired by Bach’s Partita no. 3 in A minor. In a series of fascinating three-way conversations between the composers, pianist and Bach himself – the performance includes Bach’s original partita – we hear this 18th-century musical form reimagined for the 21st century, More Info >

Film with Music: Oliver Twist (1922)

  • Thu 22nd Aug 2019

The celebrated Neil Brand introduces his own score for this vivid silent film of Dickens’ novel, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring the brilliant seven-year old Jackie Coogan (The Kid) as Oliver and Lon Chaney, ‘the man of a thousand faces,’ as Fagin. More Info >

Film with Live Music

  • Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Short clips and silent film in the Barn Theatre, all accompanied live by this week’s film and music students. Neil Brand provides – as ever – witty and insightful introductions. More Info >

New Chamber Music

  • Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Exciting new work created by this week’s Advanced Composition students and introduced by their course director, Sir Harrison Birtwistle. More Info >

Stephen Barlow: Beethoven, Tippett and Eleanor Alberga

  • Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor celebrates her last ever Summer School concert with Beethoven’s jubilant Choral Fantasy, a mini piano concerto with stirring choir. Before Beethoven comes Tippett’s majestic spirituals, and our brand new choral commission from the marvellous composer Eleanor Alberga, setting poetry by Alice Oswald. More Info >

Dartington Big Band

  • Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Dartington Big Band Final Party Night: Stonking Big Band and dancing! Join us for our annual swing–jive, led by the indefatigable Steve Dummer. More Info >

The Turn of the Screw

  • Sat 24th Aug 2019

Based on Henry James’s chilling novella, Britten’s intense chamber opera tells the story of a young governess desperate to protect her children, Miles and Flora, from evil. The culmination of the two-week opera and conducting courses, led by the internationally-renowned Graeme Jenkins and staring Tom Randle as the sinister Peter Quint. Semistaged with surtitles. More Info >