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 2 – Purcell’s King Arthur; Martin and Eliza Carthy; Milton and Blake; Carolyn Sampson and Laurence Cummings
Week 2 is a feast of brilliant Baroque music and opera, folk music, landscape and poetry. Royal Opera House conductor, Laurence Cummings, directs the Big Choir in Handel’s dramatic oratorio, Samson, and harpsichordist, Steven Devine, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment players provide expert tuition in orchestral training and chamber music.
Purcell’s mythic King Arthur – from the Saxons and Cold Genius to Fairest Isle – is our ambitious opera project this week in a semi-staged performance in the Great Hall. There’ll be vocal tuition from the wonderful operatic soprano, Carolyn Sampson, and countertenor, Andrew Watts; masterclasses and workshops in Baroque strings, winds, brass, early keyboards and piano; a daily Bach Brandenburg Concerto session for all; and recorder ensembles with Jill Kemp.
The sensational father-and-daughter duo, Martin and Eliza Carthy, lead folk alongside the Dartington Folk Choir. To complement King Arthur, James Runcie examines English identity and revolution in John Milton and William Blake and directs creative writing classes in crime fiction.
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