Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2018 – Week 2

Fees for courses, concerts, accommodation and catering: full information is available on the Dartington website.

Speakers and performers include: Tom Seligman, Gillian Keith, Tom Randle, dotdotdot, Simon Russell Beale, Andrew Watts, Jill Kemp, Martin Nelson, Harbottle and Jonas, Dartington Folk Choir, James Runcie, and Helen Mort.

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Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Tom Seligman; Wild Landscapes, Flamenco and Folk music; Gillian Keith and Tom Randle.

Week 2 is a feast of brilliant Baroque music and opera, folk music, wild landscapes and poetry. Tom Seligman directs the Dartington Choir in a St Matthew Passion for our times: a semistaged version that will be exciting, all encompassing and moving. The soprano Gillian Keith is joined by the acclaimed tenor Tom Randle in this, and Tom’s new song cycle Los Nacimientos, with young flamenco dancers from Barcelona-based dotdotdot dance company – a collaboration inspired by the Nobel prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. We’ll be singing and staging James Runcie’s The Great Passion, the story of the first performance of the St Matthew Passion in Leipzig, directed by Robert Howarth and Marilyn Imrie, and starring Simon Russell Beale, and Andrew Watts provides expert vocal tuition.

There’ll be masterclasses and workshops in Baroque strings, winds, brass, early keyboards and piano; a daily Bach Brandenburg Concerto session for all; recorder ensembles with Jill Kemp, and vocal tuition with bass Martin Nelson. The sensational young duo Harbottle and Jonas lead our folk courses, alongside Dartington’s Folk Choir. James Runcie teaches Historical Fiction and Landscapes, while the brilliant young poet Helen Mort inspires creative writing on wild landscapes.


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