Following its success in 2016, the Dartington International Summer School and Festival returns from the 29th July. 


Programmed by Joanna MacGregor, Dartington’s Artistic Director and Head of Piano at The Royal Academy of Music, Dartington International Summer School and Festival is a month of courses and concerts in week-long blocks which allows students to experience everything from Medieval and Renaissance music to Salsa and Jazz, and everything in between.

The programme for 2017 features music that reflects migration and exile, ancient and new; and complexities of identity, nation and revolution.

Those visiting the Summer school can experience playing in a brass ensemble, learn about Middle Eastern and Brazilian music and listen to to legendary pianist Alfred Brendel on Schubert. Other events include poetry and multimedia courses, yoga and dance, lectures and films.

The Dartington Summer school isn’t just for those who are professional musicians but also for those with a strong interest in classical music. Due to its popularity, it has grown to become a festival that has plenty to offer those who wish to pay a visit.

Each week has a different theme as follows:

Week 1 29 July – 5 August: Stories in Transit; Florentine marriages; Early Music, Improvisation and Poetry.

Week 2 5 – 12 August: The English Identity: Baroque Music, Folk Music, and Creative Writing.

Week 3 12 – 19 August: Conducting and Orchestral Music, Opera, Music Theatre and Brazilian Music.

Week 4 19 – 26 August: Peter Grimes and Composition, Film and Multimedia, Gospel and Jazz.

The Dartington International Summer School & Festival will run from the 29th July until the 26th August 2017. For more information and to book a concert or a course visit:



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