Dartington Summer School: Baroque Instrumental Courses
– all ages are welcome. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
– courses and concerts pass: £460 for the week (not including accommodation). Discounts available for students, under 18s and under 12s.
– bursaries available to students and recent graduates for specific courses.
Dartington is a place of extraordinary beauty and creativity, and the Summer School is for everyone – professional musicians, music students of all ages, people who love to play, sing and write and people who love to listen. The community you will be a part of is one of learning, sharing, performing and socialising. By day we run classes and courses covering a range of music, by night we offer an extensive concert programme featuring internationally renowned performers.
Each week of Summer School features more than 30 courses, encompassing a wide range of styles, disciplines and abilities. All courses run for 6 days (Sun – Fri), most lasting for 1 session (90 mins) per day. There are 4 sessions in a day, allowing every participant to build a timetable personalised to them. The majority of classes have no selection process, but our Advanced Courses require the submission of supporting materials. The course programme of each week is led by a feature Big Choir work – performed in the final Friday night concert – alongside choral classes, instrumental and vocal workshops, ensemble projects, and our Chamber Music programme.
Week 2 dazzles with music and politics, alongside folk music, Shakespeare and Ovid. Laurence Cummings directs the Dartington Choir in Handel’s Saul, a wildly exciting oratorio with witches, mad kings, battles and huge choruses. Robert Howarth and Richard Williams direct Handel’s opera Agrippina, a show-stopping satire on Nero’s scheming court, with the original Tiger Mother. The gorgeous contralto Hilary Summers lends her warmth and wisdom to the vocal masterclass; stylish Andrew Watts directs vocal workshops.
There’ll be masterclasses and workshops with Adrian Butterfield, Richard Tunnicliffe, Gail Hennessey, Andy Watts, Bukolika Piano Trio and Jill Kemp; Steven Devine runs early keyboard classes, and Joanna MacGregor a piano workshop on Baroque dance and Chopin Mazurkas.
There’s a full week of folk courses led by renowned teacher Alistair Anderson, folk singer, songwriter and concertina player Emily Portman, and fiddler Alexis Bennett; Harbottle & Jonas direct Dartington’s Folk Choir. James Runcie leads Creative Conversations, and examines the complete Shakespeare Sonnets; Katrina Porteous creates the poetry of place; we’ll read Ovid late night. All this and our traditional ceilidh, too!