Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2018

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Big band rehearsal

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Dartington Summer School & Festival 2016: Gallery

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The Vocal Ensembles perform at the end of the week

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King Arthur Dress Rehearsal with Baroque Orchestra

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Hannah Coutts (trog) at medieval party

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Joanna MacGregor 2018 headshot

We Are Celebrating 70 Years!

It’s the Summer School’s 70th birthday this year: and there’s a bumper programme, packed with acclaimed and innovative artists throughout four weeks. Imogen CooperJane GloverFelicity LottTom Randle, and Adrian Brendel – as well as the brilliant folk duo Harbottle & JonasTrio Gaspard and the fabulous Heath Quartet – will be part of  the celebrations. There are workshops and masterclasses, coaching and concerts, premieres and new collaborations.

Our choral projects are even more colourful and ambitious, from Bolivian Masses and Bach’s St Matthew Passion to Haydn’s Creation and Verdi’s Requiem. We thrill to music resonating with liberation: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, as well as Byron Wallen’s cool jazz project celebrating Martin Luther King and the Harlem Renaissance. Composition is buzzing with Eleanor AlbergaOliver Knussen and Freya Waley-CohenNeil Brand presents film and music, Adriano Adewale and Luiz Morais delight us with Latin American rhythm – all this and flamenco, too. I’m delighted to welcome a distinguished group of writers and poets including James Runcie, and Alice Oswald.

Dartington is a place of extraordinary beauty and creativity, and its ancient buildings and dream-like gardens resonate and shimmer with generations of musicians, artists, dancers, poets and writers. Each year the Summer School sets out to do something unique: to create a community of all ages and backgrounds, coming together in a fantastic atmosphere of study and friendship, celebration and performance. We’re a music school by day, and a concert hall by night; you can listen to up to three concerts each evening.

Dartington International Summer School & Festival has reached a 70 year milestone: let’s celebrate its incredible legacy, and build the future together.

Joanna MacGregor Artistic Director

Read Joanna MacGregor’s biography here

Music to hire and buy

Summer School student carrying music

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2017 Gallery

A selection of images from the 2017 Summer School, taken by Aubrey Simpson.

Vocal Masterclass and Lutenists outside - Summer School 2017
The Vocal Ensembles perform at the end of the week
Vocal Masterclass students enjoying the sun - Summer School 2017
Jane Chapman teaching harpsichord - Summer School 2017
Viol Consorts with Fretwork - Summer School 2017
Hannah Coutts (trog) at medieval party  - Summer School 2017
King Arthur Dress Rehearsal with Baroque Orchestra - Summer School 2017
Jennifer Tsang recorder workshop with Jill Kemp - Summer School 2017
Paul Hutchinson outside (7)
Paul Hutchinson outside (2)
King Arthur Dress Rehearsal with Baroque Orchestra  - Summer School 2017
King Arthur Dress Rehearsal with Baroque Orchestra (11) Derek Revill
Dartington Summer School & Festival 2016: Gallery
Adriano Adewale rehearsal
Conductors workshop with Sian Edwards (4)
Sweeney Todd (2)
Big band rehearsal (1)
Dead Rat Orchestra outside workshop (3)
Dead Rat Orchestra outside workshop (8)
Lee Reynolds and big choir (1)
Salsa
 

The History of the Summer School

The Summer School has been taking place every August for 70 year. Here you will find some information about our past

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Summer School archive

If you’re looking for something from previous years, you can find it here. If you need something more, please contact us at summerschool@dartington.org

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