Curated by concert pianist, conductor, and composer, Joanna MacGregor, Dartington Summer School & Festival is all about being creative during the day in week-long courses, workshops and masterclasses.
Every evening, you can listen to up to three concerts and perhaps perform in some of them too. The range of music covers classical, jazz, world music, and folk as well as courses in multimedia, film, visual arts and creative writing.
The Summer School brings together an extraordinary mix of people – from professional and non-professional musicians to emerging artists, writers, and poets – in the beautiful surroundings of Dartington, a medieval estate in Devon. You can be an active participant or choose to observe any of the courses. The community you’ll be part of is one of learning, sharing, performing and socialising – you may find yourself queuing alongside a major international artist at coffee time or enjoying a drink with a rising star in the bar after a concert.
Week 3 –The new Dartington Piano Concerto Competition; Brazilian music; Peter Grimes, Guys and Dolls and Sweeney Todd
A great week for pianists and string players, with piano masterclasses from celebrated French pianist, Pascal Rogé, a brand new Piano Concerto Competition with Joanna MacGregor and Sian Edwards and tuition in four-hand and two-piano repertoire with Florian Mitrea. Alfred Brendel curates his favourite films and performs his poetry. Thomas Gould gives violin masterclasses and Adrian Brendel directs the all-comers string orchestra; the effervescent Heath String Quartet provide workshops and chamber music tuition.
The Dartington Festival Orchestra begins its two-week residency with the Conductors Programme; the Advanced Opera course, Britten’s gritty and highly dramatic Peter Grimes is directed by leading tenor, Paul Nilon. Celebrated British conductor, George Vass, inspires Week 3’s Choir with Beethoven’s stirring Mass in C.
Sarah Gabriel and Richard Williams direct all-comers in scenes from Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma! and are joined by George Vass for an intermediate course in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. There’ll also be classes in Brazilian music, dance, and song.
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