Dartington Summer School: Early Music Keyboard Courses
– 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.
Our first week is inspired by Venice, and the wildness of the sea. Andrew Griffiths conducts a glittering Venetian Vespers for Dartington Choir; Stile Antico direct vocal music written for female monarchs and the Queen of Heaven. Alice Oswald presents Nobody, her long poem inspired by the Odyssey, with William Tillyer’s swirling, abstract paintings.
There are classes for viol players, lutenists, harpsichordists, reeds and recorders, and early brass, with Fretwork, David Miller, Jane Chapman, The City Musick and Ensemble Meridiana. The Atéa Quintet, Quentin Poole and Rhiannon Evans direct a full wind and chamber music programme.
Middle Eastern music and song is directed by Merit Ariane and Jon Banks; the brilliant Tamim al-Barghouti returns, along with award-winning performance poet Caroline Bergvall. Stevie Wishart establishes her new Advanced Composition course for early instruments, and Joanna MacGregor brings Bach’s last work, The Art of Fugue, together with choreographer Wayne McGregor, and two cult figures of the 1960s – Moondog and his amazing canons, and Terry Riley’s In C.