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 (5.15pm, 7.45pm, 10pm). 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.


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Katrina Porteous and Alexis Bennett: Poetry & Music

  • Sun 4th Aug 2019

Specialising on the theme of ‘nature’ in its widest sense, and ‘place’ in its deepest, Katrina Porteous is a particularly strong performer of her own work, collaborating with traditional and electronic musicians; today she’ll read from her recent work, together with folk fiddler Alexis Bennett. More Info >

Emily Portman and Rob Harbron: Folk

  • Sun 4th Aug 2019

A Dartington first. Hailed as one of the most beguiling voices on the folk scene, BBC folk award nominee Emily Portman conjures dark netherworlds, where folklore and myth collide with urban landscapes. Her latest album Coracle is described as ‘a marvellous, original work’ by The Observer. More Info >

Andrew Watts: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

  • Sun 4th Aug 2019

Countertenor Andrew Watts displays his unique artistry, showcasing traditional works by Handel, Dowland, Quilter and Howells alongside new works from his latest recording A Countertenor Songbook. More Info >

Jill Kemp: The Virtuoso Recorder

  • Mon 5th Aug 2019

Jill Kemp’s programme is a great mix of Baroque sparkle and drama: the wit of Handel, Malcolm Arnold’s film-noirish Sonatina, and Ernst Krähmer’s outrageously virtuoso variations, written in the early nineteenth century. More Info >

Bukolika Piano Trio: Haydn, Schumann and Kaija Saariaho

  • Mon 5th Aug 2019

A warm welcome back to the vibrant young Bukolika Piano Trio, who were a big hit last year. Their vibrant programme includes the warmly romantic Schumann Trio, as well as the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s atmospheric and delicate Light and Matter. More Info >

Steven Devine: Quasi una Fantasia

  • Mon 5th Aug 2019

A lovely ‘storytelling’ programme, exploring fantasias. Performed by the ever-brilliant fortepianist Steven Devine, it ends with Beethoven’s marvellously evocative – and virtuoso – Moonlight sonata. More Info >

James Runcie: A Musical Argument

  • Tue 6th Aug 2019

What is the difference between an argument and a piece of music? As a prelude to this evening’s recital, James Runcie explores the links between the principles of rhetoric and the structure of Beethoven’s Op.110 and 111, drawing parallels between sonata and fugue, classical oratory, and patterns found in art and architecture, from Vitruvius to More Info >

Joanna MacGregor: Beethoven’s Farewell

  • Tue 6th Aug 2019

A meaty combination of Beethoven’s revolutionary final sonatas and Funerailles, Liszt’s dramatic homage to the fallen heroes of the 1848 uprising, as well as Wagner’s homage to love, transcribed by the great Hungarian pianist Zoltan Kocsis. More Info >

Harbottle & Jonas: The Sea is my Brother

  • Tue 6th Aug 2019

The stunning young folk duo Harbottle & Jonas wowed audiences last year, and we’re delighted to welcome them back. Receiving plaudits from folk royalty Jon Boden and Seth Lakeman as well as national press, they’ll be performing songs from their latest album, The Sea is my Brother. More Info >

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