Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2016

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Medieval and Renaissance Music, Improvisation, Middle Eastern Music

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Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Opera, Folk Music and Poetry

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Conducting, String Orchestra and Chamber Music, Carmen and The Pirates of Penzance, Tango and Samba

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Flamenco and Jazz, Wind and Brass Ensembles, Composition and Multimedia


It’s an enormous pleasure to welcome you to Dartington International Summer School and Festival. Dartington is a place of shimmering, ancient beauty, and its historical Summer School is for everyone: for professional musicians and music students, for people who love to play and people who love to listen.

By day, there are masterclasses with world-class performers, composition and conducting courses, and orchestral and chamber coaching. You can sing in Fauré’s Requiem or Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, play in a string orchestra or a brass ensemble, and learn about flamenco, Middle Eastern and gospel music. Come and experience everything, from medieval and renaissance music to tango and samba; from talks by the legendary pianist Alfred Brendel and jazz with cool sax player Andy Sheppard to folk sessions with the wonderful Kathryn Tickell. There are poetry and multimedia courses, yoga and dance classes, lectures and films.

Dartington hosts over eighty public concerts and events throughout August. Visit the beautiful gardens, relax with a drink or a meal, and enjoy up to three performances a day: some of the most
celebrated artists, poets and thinkers are here. On 27th May we also present Party in the Town – an exciting new event, happening all over Totnes.

Dartington International Summer School has expanded into a fully-fledged festival. I look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful summer of music, arts and creativity!

Joanna MacGregor, Artistic Director

Click here to read Joanna MacGregor’s biography


Joanna MacGregor

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We’ll be updating these pages very soon with information about our 2016 event – but if you’re looking for something from last year, you can find it here.

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