Dartington Summer School: Jazz 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.
The 2019 Summer School & Festival reaches a climax with Britten’s chilling opera The Turn of the Screw starring Tom Randle, The Passion of Piazzolla, and John Cage’s joyfully anarchic Musicircus. The week explodes with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Stephen Barlow conducts Dartington Choir, and the great Harrison Birtwistle celebrates his 85th birthday; Neil Brand directs his popular Improvising to Film course, alongside popular returning courses by the Dead Rat Orchestra and Black Voices. Jazzers Eric Vloeimans, Mark Lockhart, Steve Lodder, Alec Dankworth and Martin France work alongside Paul Archibald and Brett Baker’s brass courses and Steve Dummer’s Big Band.
Sing in Songs from the Jazz Age with Sarah Gabriel and Richard Williams; experience vibrant tuition from Florian Mitrea, Gildas Quartet, Trio Tritium and Anna Szałucka. End the summer on a creative high; be inspired by these daring artists, and their dazzling music.