Welcome to the 2018 concerts and events programme

summer school concerts 2018


Each day from 28 July – 25 August 2018, the beautiful estate at Dartington transforms into a thriving venue for Summer School concerts and events.


All concerts

Summer Music by Candlelight: Ex Cathedra

Summer Music by Candlelight: Ex Cathedra

  • Sat 28th Jul 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

A magical programme for a midsummer evening, performed in the soft glow of candlelight.

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Fire Burning in Snow: Ex Cathedra

Fire Burning in Snow: Ex Cathedra

  • Sun 29th Jul 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Ex Cathedra revel in a programme of the exuberant Latin American Baroque, full of evocative indigenous imagery: repertoire for which the group has received rapturous acclaim.

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Sunrise to Sunset: Fretwork

Sunrise to Sunset: Fretwork

  • Sun 29th Jul 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

A richly coloured, imaginative programme built around the heavens, sunrise and sunset, from the world’s leading viol consort, ranging from the 16th to 20th centuries.

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Grounds and Chaconnes: Joanna MacGregor

Grounds and Chaconnes: Joanna MacGregor

  • Sun 29th Jul 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

The ground bass is transfigured: from Henry Purcell’s street savvy and Orlando Gibbons’ wit, to Phillip Glass’s exhilarating music from Einstein on the Beach.

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Music for Bass Viols

Music for Bass Viols

  • Mon 30th Jul 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Mellow, meditative viol music from France, played by two star virtuosos from Fretwork. Their programme features the music of Marin Marais, hired to the royal court of Versailles, and appointed as ordinaire de la chambre du roy pour la viole in 1679.

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Sekhmet’s Birds: Merit Ariane and Friends

Sekhmet’s Birds: Merit Ariane and Friends

  • Mon 30th Jul 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

Birds are free. They traverse boundaries, real or imaginary, linking the realms of the living and dead, magic and reality, nature and art.

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Celestial Bodies: Clare Wilkinson

Celestial Bodies: Clare Wilkinson

  • Mon 30th Jul 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

A beautiful late night programme of Elizabethan and 17th century songs and music, from two of early music’s leading lights. Their concert drops in on various inhabitants of the heavens – the muses, moon and stars, gods behaving badly – and their astronomers.

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The Astronomer and the Witch: Ulinka Rublack

The Astronomer and the Witch: Ulinka Rublack

  • Tue 31st Jul 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Cambridge historian and writer Ulinka Rublack brings a small Lutheran community to life at the height of the witch-craze in Europe, describing Kepler's struggle to prevent his widowed mother's execution. A fascinating glimpse into a world between the Reformation and the scientific revolution.

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The Emperor and The Alchemist: In Echo

The Emperor and The Alchemist: In Echo

  • Tue 31st Jul 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II (1552-1612) lived in a bizarre and creative world. Fascinated by astrology, numerology, nature, the occult and alchemy, he surrounded himself with some of Europe's most radical thinkers, and had a personal horoscope made by Nostradamus.

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Call of the Birds: Joanna MacGregor

Call of the Birds: Joanna MacGregor

  • Tue 31st Jul 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

Joanna MacGregor’s programme explores the sweetness, humour and complexity of birdsong - from courtly French pieces to the beauty of the Iranian composer Hossein Alizâdeh. She’s joined by the celebrated poet Tamim al-Barghouti.

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Atéa Wind Quintet

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Atéa Wind Quintet

  • Wed 1st Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

A sparkling afternoon wind concert based around magic and the underworld, from this acclaimed young quintet.

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Musica Universalis: The Brook Street Band

Musica Universalis: The Brook Street Band

  • Wed 1st Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

The Brook Street Band evokes the spirit of the 1719 Dresden ‘Festival of the Planets,’ designed to celebrate political and cultural power through art and music.

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Sea Poem: Alice Oswald, Huw Warren and Steve Buckley

Sea Poem: Alice Oswald, Huw Warren and Steve Buckley

  • Wed 1st Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

Three award-winning performers meet to create a magical late-night ambience, improvising around new work, including Sea Poem by Alice Oswald.

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Byrd’s The Great Service

Byrd’s The Great Service

  • Thu 2nd Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Jeffrey Skidmore directs Dartington’s Chamber Choir in the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from William Byrd’s magnificent devotional work, as well as his verse anthems.

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For the Honour of the Cittie: The City Musick

For the Honour of the Cittie: The City Musick

  • Thu 2nd Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

A concert of brilliance and variety from the hugely popular The City Musick, as they explore the world of the London Waits: the civic band of elite musicians who reflected the splendour of 16th century City of London.

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The Caliph and the Poet: Tamim al-Barghouti, Stevie Wishart and Joanna MacGregor

The Caliph and the Poet: Tamim al-Barghouti, Stevie Wishart and Joanna MacGregor

  • Thu 2nd Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

The famed Palestinian poet and activist performs from his new collection In Jerusalem and Other Poems, with live music. A spoken-word rock star, Tamim’s charisma, brilliance and humour is both revolutionary, illuminating and moving.

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Masterclass Concert

Masterclass Concert

  • Fri 3rd Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm

A mixed programme of the week's liveliest young students, performing all kinds of music. Proceeds from a retiring collection will be used to support Summer School bursaries.

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Christmas in the Sun: Baroque Choral Music from Latin America

Christmas in the Sun: Baroque Choral Music from Latin America

  • Fri 3rd Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

The first week of Dartington International Summer School & Festival climaxes with sunshine-imbued choral music from the Americas, including Bolivia, Peru and Mexico.

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Tavern Night: Medieval Partying

Tavern Night: Medieval Partying

  • Fri 3rd Aug 2018
  • 10:30pm

Celebrate the end of the week in rousing style, with medieval songs and dances, washed down with mead, ale – or wine.

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Los Nacimientos: Tom Randle, Gillian Keith and dotdotdot dance

Los Nacimientos: Tom Randle, Gillian Keith and dotdotdot dance

  • Sat 4th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

A terrific opening night concert to the second week of Dartington Festival, featuring two of the world’s most exciting singers: US-born tenor Tom Randle and Canadian soprano Gillian Keith.

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Poetry and Music: Katrina Porteous

Poetry and Music: Katrina Porteous

  • Sun 5th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

What better way to kick off our folk and poetry programme this week than the award winning poet, historian and broadcaster Katrina Porteous.

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Harbottle & Jonas

Harbottle & Jonas

  • Sun 5th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

We’re delighted that Harbottle & Jonas, a stunning young indie duo taking the folk world by storm, are with us this week.

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Bach

Bach's Influence: Family Matters

  • Sun 5th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

Steven Devine starts the first of our series Bach’s Influence, before the mighty St Matthew Passion on Friday.

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The Virtuoso Recorder: Jill Kemp

The Virtuoso Recorder: Jill Kemp

  • Mon 6th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Jill Kemp is passionate about raising the recorder’s profile, and proving it to be an exciting and versatile instrument. Jill’s repertoire spans seven centuries, and she regularly performs premieres and new commissions.

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Bach

Bach's Influence: Trio Gaspard

  • Mon 6th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

The young Trio Gaspard – whose members hail from Greece, Germany and the UK – make their Dartington debut with a sumptuous programme.

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Bach

Bach's Influence: The Romantics

  • Mon 6th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

A superb programme by one of the UK’s leading early cellists.

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Bach, Man and Myth: James Runcie

Bach, Man and Myth: James Runcie

  • Tue 7th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

James Runcie’s lively lecture focuses on Bach’s arrival in Leipzig at the age of 38: still young, ambitious, and with a growing family, not the grumpy elderly genius of later reputation, touched by God.

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Bach

Bach's Influence: Beethoven and Beyond

  • Tue 7th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

Joanna MacGregor's recital explores the influence of Bach on Beethoven - opening with the fireworks of his C minor Variations, and closing with the heroic Appassionata Sonata.

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The Madness of...: Andrew Watts

The Madness of...: Andrew Watts

  • Tue 7th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

Countertenor Andrew Watts displays his versatility in a programme of songs and arias exploring 'madness' in all of its forms. Taking characters from opera, oratorio and song Andrews explores the cause, event, and the outcome of madness.

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Delicatessan: A Choice Selection of Early English Song

Delicatessan: A Choice Selection of Early English Song

  • Wed 8th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

This delicious programme explores 17th and 18th century English composers well known for their artistry in painting words and music; and those writing for London's Pleasure Gardens.

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Great Baroque Sonatas

Great Baroque Sonatas

  • Wed 8th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

A veritable supergroup of Baroque players, in a concert of virtuosity and fireworks!

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Ballades, Blues & Broadway: A Century of American Song

Ballades, Blues & Broadway: A Century of American Song

  • Wed 8th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

From Aaron Copland's quintessential American soundscape to the shining lights of Broadway, this concert serves up an intoxicating mix of iconic music, including Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.

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As I Walked Out One Morning

As I Walked Out One Morning

  • Thu 9th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm

Some of the most exciting musicians working in folk music and folk poetry present this concert of specially created work for singers and instrumentalists.

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Bach: The Great Passion

Bach: The Great Passion

  • Thu 9th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

James Runcie's musical drama reveals how the St Matthew Passion was composed and rehearsed in the build-up to its first performance in Leipzig, on Good Friday 1727. It recreates the struggle and frustration of Bach's gargantuan undertaking, while retaining the intimacy, sympathy and profound beauty at the heart of the music.

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Pagoda Project

Pagoda Project

  • Thu 9th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

Created by Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinets) to evolve their fusion sound, Pagoda Project brings together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound.

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Bach

Bach's St Matthew Passion

  • Fri 10th Aug 2018
  • 5pm
  • £20.00

For Dartington's 70th Anniversary, we're mounting one of the Everests of the choral repertoire. With double orchestra, double choir and multiple soloists, this will be an unforgettable experience: a chance to absorb Bach's philosophical, theological and musical statement, in the intimate atmosphere of Dartington's Great Hall.

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Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band

Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band

  • Fri 10th Aug 2018
  • 10:30pm
  • £10.00

The final night party celebrating this week's folk themes, with caller Alexis Bennett and the Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band. Bring your dancing shoes!

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Quatuor Hermès

Quatuor Hermès

  • Sat 11th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

We welcome this brilliant young Paris-based quartet, making their debut at Dartington this summer. Their well-planned programme is a musical feast for chamber music lovers.

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Bukolika Piano Trio

Bukolika Piano Trio

  • Sun 12th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

A warm welcome back to the vibrant young Bukolika Piano Trio, who were a big hit last year. Their colourful Parisian programme includes Ravel’s iconic, virtuoso trio, preceded by romantic miniatures by the wonderfully gifted Lili Bouanger.

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Cello and Piano: Adrian Brendel and Joanna MacGregor

Cello and Piano: Adrian Brendel and Joanna MacGregor

  • Sun 12th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

Adrian Brendel and Joanna MacGregor are perfectly matched in bold musicianship, technical virtuosity and personality, and their concerts for Dartington are always exciting. They meet again with a fresh programme connected to the great Russian cellist ‘Slava’ Rostropovich.

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Czech Piano Music: Joseph Havlat

Czech Piano Music: Joseph Havlat

  • Sun 12th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

The brilliant young Australian pianist presents a rich tapestry of works, from Dvořák’s heroic, well known Poetic Tone Pictures to Schulhoff’s virtuoso jazz pieces. All are linked by melodious folk tunes, and a love of homeland.

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A Short History of the Summer School

A Short History of the Summer School

  • Mon 13th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Dartington Summer School is 70 years old this year, and has been a hub for musicians and composers all over the world, at every stage of their career. Who better than the long-serving Artistic Director Gavin Henderson (1985-2010) to give us an entertaining, knowledgeable and personal account?

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Tango Nuevo: Adriano Adewale and Friends

Tango Nuevo: Adriano Adewale and Friends

  • Mon 13th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

An annual Festival sell-out: a sizzling new programme of tango, bossa nova, and hot Latin rhythms, led by the sensational Brazilian master percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale. Unmissable!

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Celebrating Dorothy Elmhirst

Celebrating Dorothy Elmhirst

  • Mon 13th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

The indomitable Dorothy Elmhirst used her imagination, generosity and passion to create an extraordinary artistic world at Dartington. This concert features letters, diaries and readings from Tagore and George Bernard Shaw; and includes music by Britten and songs associated with Yul Brynner.

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Alfred Brendel: On Playing Mozart

Alfred Brendel: On Playing Mozart

  • Tue 14th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

We are thrilled to welcome Alfred Brendel back to Dartington Summer School & Festival. Alfred is one of the greatest pianists of our time, and one of today’s greatest musical thinkers, mixing profound philosophy, musicological insight and mischievous humour.

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Thomas Gould and Friends

Thomas Gould and Friends

  • Tue 14th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

The charismatic violinist Thomas Gould curates a concert programme around Mozart: his wonderfully stormy G minor Quartet, and the radiant, long-breathed E flat Divertimento. In between, Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s delicate homage to Mozart, a poetic tapestry for violin and piano.

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Mozart - Light and Shade: Florian Mitrea

Mozart - Light and Shade: Florian Mitrea

  • Tue 14th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

Florian Mitrea’s recital brings an evening devoted to Mozart to an elegant close. His programme focuses on the innocence and experience of Mozart’s music: its light and shade, as well as its grandeur and nobility.

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The Growing Charm of Dada: Alfred Brendel

The Growing Charm of Dada: Alfred Brendel

  • Wed 15th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

We are thrilled to welcome Alfred Brendel back to Dartington Summer School & Festival. He has had a lifelong passion for Dadism: here he explores its manifold absurdities in conversation with Dawn Adès, the leading British expert on Dada and Surrealism, with short film excerpts.

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Iberia y Francia: Felicity Lott and Imogen Cooper

Iberia y Francia: Felicity Lott and Imogen Cooper

  • Wed 15th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

We are absolutely delighted that two such influential, legendary artists are visiting Dartington. Imogen Cooper has been at the forefront of British music life for decades, feted for her interpretations of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven. She is joined by the one of the world’s most loved sopranos, Felicity Lott, unbelievably on her first visit to Dartington.

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Adrian Brendel & Quatuor Hermès

Adrian Brendel & Quatuor Hermès

  • Wed 15th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

The sublime, bittersweet String Quintet in C major was written in the last weeks of Schubert’s life, and it is considered one of his greatest, transcendent works. Quatuor Hermès and cellist Adrian Brendel come together to perform this masterpiece in the magical late-night atmosphere of the Great Hall.

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Music from Brazil: Adriano Adewale and Luiz Morais

Music from Brazil: Adriano Adewale and Luiz Morais

  • Thu 16th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Sun-filled rhythm and lyricism from two masters of Brazilian jazz; a feel-good melodious concert for a summer’s afternoon.

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Oh! What a Lovely War

Oh! What a Lovely War

  • Thu 16th Aug, 7:15pm. Fri 17th Aug, 7:15pm | £10.00

Joan Littlewood’s searing musical satire on the First World War is our tribute to the centenary of the war’s end in 1918. The original production, at Theatre Stratford East in 1963, changed the course of British theatre, and our view of the Great War, forever.

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Dartington Festival Orchestra

Dartington Festival Orchestra

  • Thu 16th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

Timothy Redmond presents the Advanced Conducting students in a stirring programme, ending with Brahms’ valedictory 4th Symphony. It includes a piano concerto performance by Beethoven, Liszt or Bartók, performed by the winner of the 2018 Dartington Piano Competition.

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Opera Gala

Opera Gala

  • Thu 16th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

A hugely pleasurable concert: show-stopping operatic arias by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and Bizet, performed with panache and style by students on the Advanced Opera course. This was one of our highlights last year - come and be entertained and enthralled.

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Dartington String Orchestra

Dartington String Orchestra

  • Fri 17th Aug 2018
  • 1:05pm

An informal performance of Mendelssohn’s romantic Concerto for Piano, Violin and Strings in D minor, with students on this week’s String Orchestra course.

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Scenes from West Side Story & On the Town

Scenes from West Side Story & On the Town

  • Fri 17th Aug 2018
  • 4pm

A boisterous journey through the world of musical theatre, celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, with two of his most loved scores.

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Masterclass Concert

Masterclass Concert

  • Fri 17th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm

A mixed programme of the week's liveliest young students, performing all kinds of music. Proceeds from a retiring collection will be used to support Summer School bursaries.

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Haydn’s The Creation: Jane Glover

Haydn’s The Creation: Jane Glover

  • Fri 17th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

Haydn’s exhilarating, life-enhancing oratorio tells the story of the creation of the world and mankind, in exultant choruses and sublime arias. In this specially conceived performance for Dartington, it’s conducted by the superb Jane Glover, and narrated by the celebrated actor Harriet Walter.

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In the Heart of Rhythm Ensemble

In the Heart of Rhythm Ensemble

  • Fri 17th Aug 2018
  • 10:15pm

A joyfully uplifting - and loud! - performance of Latin percussion music in the White Hart bar, to finish off a week of Latin American courses. Be warned – you might start dancing.

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Salsa Ball

Salsa Ball

  • Fri 17th Aug 2018
  • 10:30pm
  • £10.00

Final night party, with a live Salsa band to practise your stylish moves. Bring your dancing shoes!

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Black Voices

Black Voices

  • Sat 18th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

The hugely popular Black Voices return! Formed in 1987 by its Music Director Carol Pemberton MBE, Black Voices has gained a reputation as Europe’s finest female a cappella quintet.

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Launch: Permutations

Launch: Permutations

  • Sun 19th Aug 2018
  • 1pm

Join us for the launch of Permutations, where you can meet the composer and architects behind this fabulous installation, running all week until 25 August.

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Soul of a Woman: Joanna MacGregor

Soul of a Woman: Joanna MacGregor

  • Sun 19th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Blues, fairy tales, salsa, and Eleanor Alberga’s epic and moving It’s Time, based on the great Pushkin poem It’s time, my friend, it’s time: a recital devoted to the power of female imagination.

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Heath Quartet

Heath Quartet

  • Sun 19th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

A nutritious, thought-provoking programme of works from this much-loved string quartet, returning to Dartington.

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Dead Rat Orchestra

Dead Rat Orchestra

  • Sun 19th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

Dead Rat Orchestra return to Dartington after their unforgettable debut last summer. Adventurers adrift in a sea of sound and possibility, Nathaniel Mann and Robin Alderton have gained a reputation as one of the most innovative ensembles on the UK music scene.

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Trio Tritium

Trio Tritium

  • Mon 20th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

The award-winning young clarinet trio make their debut in this imaginative programme. Formed at the Royal Academy of Music, the Tritium Trio is a truly multinational ensemble, comprising Slovenian clarinettist Jernej Albreht, Swedish cellist Lydia Hillerudh, and Australian pianist Joseph Havlat.

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Jazzworks

Jazzworks

  • Mon 20th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

We’re very lucky to have five of Europe’s most celebrated jazz musicians, playing together exclusively in Dartingon’s relaxed and informal setting.

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Songs of Berlin Cabaret

Songs of Berlin Cabaret

  • Mon 20th Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

An exploration of decadent, political Berlin during the Weimar era from Sarah Gabriel, one of the UK’s most talented and experienced singers in music theatre and classical music.

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Glock’s Legacy: Dartington’s New Music

Glock’s Legacy: Dartington’s New Music

  • Tue 21st Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

The composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, who was himself a student at Dartington Summer School, discusses William Glock’s legacy with Joanna MacGregor, Artistic Director. We illustrate its history with short contemporary pieces - all of whose composers either taught or were students at Dartington.

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Film with Music: Nosferatu (1922)

Film with Music: Nosferatu (1922)

  • Tue 21st Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

Our annual live music and film event in the Great Hall returns! Murnau’s screen adaption of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of the most famous \– and scary \- silent movies ever made, changing cinema history forever. It literally invented everything we think we know about vampire movies.

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Film with Music: Summer School Archive

Film with Music: Summer School Archive

  • Tue 21st Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

Enjoy more than 50 years of vintage Summer School archive film – participants, celebrated musicians, folk dancing in the Courtyard - with live music.

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Film with Music: You’re Darn Tootin’

Film with Music: You’re Darn Tootin’

  • Wed 22nd Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Neil Brand is a regular visitor to the Summer School, bringing is inimitable expertise and knowledge of film and music. Here he presents a live performance of his own score (first heard on Paul Merton's BBC series Silent Clowns) of Laurel and Hardy's classic, in which they create havoc as two itinerant musicians.

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The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

  • Wed 22nd Aug, 7:45pm. Sat 25th Aug, 7:30pm | £15.00

Mozart’s sparkling opera is a merry-go-round of love, morality and intrigue; it celebrates the human condition though joyful wit, and consummate invention. We’re delighted to present a semi-staged concert version, with some of today’s best young singers.

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Jazz Jam

Jazz Jam

  • Wed 22nd Aug 2018
  • 10:30pm

Our traditional Jazz Jam is perfect for a summer’s late night entertainment in the White Hart. Grab a drink, and enjoy brand new collaborations by the students and leaders of this week’s Jazz Courses.

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Dartington Brass Ensemble

Dartington Brass Ensemble

  • Thu 23rd Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Our Dartington Brass Ensemble is a large, raucous ensemble of about thirty players, who get together for the brass courses in the final week of the Summer School each year. Their afternoon programme – conducted by course leaders Paul Archibald and Brett Baker – is colourful and ebullient.

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An Evening of Brass Music

An Evening of Brass Music

  • Thu 23rd Aug 2018
  • 7:30pm
  • £15.00

Calling all brass players, brass lovers and good-music-lovers! This programme showcases Baroque and classical brass concertos, as well as Norwegian composer Trygve Madsen’s lovely, muscular trio. In the second half, the irrepressible jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans leads the ensemble through some of his own works.

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Heath Quartet: Jörg Widmann Complete Quartets

Heath Quartet: Jörg Widmann Complete Quartets

  • Thu 23rd Aug 2018
  • 10pm
  • £10.00

A unique chance to hear Jörg Widmann’s ambitious, expressive cycle of short quartets in one concert – a real festival experience. Sarah Gabriel joins them for Widmann’s Quartet no.5.

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Dorothy’s Ghost

Dorothy’s Ghost

  • Fri 24th Aug 2018
  • 2pm

An immersive experience in short, poetic scenes: a reflection of the astonishing life of Dorothy Elmhirst, found everywhere at Dartington. Meet at 2pm on the lawn for a series of ghostly encounters in hidden locations – music, art, and nature.

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Film with Live Music

Film with Live Music

  • Fri 24th Aug 2018
  • 3pm

A truly lively, and lovely, event of 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.

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New Chamber Music

New Chamber Music

  • Fri 24th Aug 2018
  • 5:15pm
  • £10.00

Exciting new work created by this week’s Advanced Composition students and introduced by their course director, Eleanor Alberga. Several short, new works receive their premiere, played by the world class Heath Quartet and Trio Tritium.

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Verdi’s Requiem

Verdi’s Requiem

  • Fri 24th Aug 2018
  • 7:45pm
  • £15.00

Drums thunder, trumpets blast, and a huge chorus yells out in terror: Verdi’s Requiem isn’t what you might expect from religious music! But it’s exactly what you’d expect from the grand master of Italian opera – the composer of Otello, La Traviata, and Rigoletto.

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Multimedia Installations

Multimedia Installations

  • Fri 24th Aug 2018
  • 10pm

A magical series of late night installations and performances around the Estate, led by the brilliant duo Nathaniel Mann and Robin Alderton. Assemble under the Archway, by the Barn Box Office.

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Big Band and Jive

Big Band and Jive

  • Fri 24th Aug 2018
  • 11pm
  • £10.00

Final Party Night: Stonking Big Band and dancing! Join us for our annual swing–jive, led by the indefatigable Steve Dummer. Jazz trumpeters Eric Vloeimans and Byron Wallen guest.

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