Volunteering Opportunities at Summer School

Our volunteers are an amazing group of people, who come from all walks of life and all have one thing in common – they’re passionate about Dartington and what we do, they love music, and welcoming people. Our volunteers make a vital contribution to the work that we do. In return, we offer great opportunities to see performances, learn, make friends and connections, and most importantly, to become part of the Dartington community.

Want to take part? Apply for a Stewarding Bursary!

Stewards provide the front-of-house operation for all Summer School performances. We are looking for friendly and helpful stewards to welcome guests, sell programmes prior to events, and check tickets, as well as  who can evacuate performances in an emergency. Stewarding is a great way to participate in the Summer School at a very low cost and in return for their invaluable work, stewards are able to take part in courses when duties allow.

This year, we are particularly seeking applications from students and recent graduates who would like to participate in the Summer School, but for whom the cost of attending is otherwise prohibitive. We will give priority to those applicants who can bring their musical skills to our courses and benefit from the programme on offer.

Applicants must be physically fit. Experience of customer service/stewarding and knowledge of Health & Safety and First Aid procedures is highly desirable, but is not required. All stewards wear black for their stewarding duties.

Are you interested in a career in Arts Management and Administration? Apply to be a Production Volunteer!

Would you like to join our small production team during the Summer School and learn how to stage manage concerts, help run the office, and look after some of the world’s greatest classical musicians?

We’re offering this excellent opportunity, to applicants with extensive musical knowledge, to rub shoulders with some incredible artists and get right to the heart of the Dartington experience. Duties include setting up spaces for courses and events, liaising with musicians and artists, back-stage performance management, writing programmes, running hospitality, moving pianos and harpsichords, page-turning…and anything else that needs to be done! You will be provided with full board and accommodation and will be able to attend concerts around your schedule (Please note that Production Volunteers are not able to take part in courses).

Although extremely rewarding and great fun, the work is demanding both physically and mentally so please consider carefully before choosing to apply. Applicants must be completely fluent in English and a driving licence is highly desirable.

Would you like to help others have a great time at Dartington? Apply to be a House Parent!

House Parents play an integral part in the Summer School experience by looking after the Foxhole and Camping accommodation areas. The House Parent role involves frequent interaction with many different people; as such, our ideal candidate is friendly, calm and capable. Due to the nature of this position, applications are limited to those who have attended the Summer School at least once before (in any capacity). House parents are expected to be on call throughout the week – however, they will have time to attend courses and concerts when duties allow. One of the principle duties of the House Parent role is being on a rota for driving a minibus between Foxhole accommodation and the Great Hall, for which a Category D driving licence is required.