Dartington Summer School: Latin American Music
– 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.
A Britten-themed week: the great Steuart Bedford rehearses Britten’s joyful cantata Saint Nicolas, and brilliant American tenor Tom Randle coaches young singers in The Turn of the Screw. Sarah Gabriel directs her new play A House on Middagh Street, where Britten lived with WH Auden, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee; the Advanced Conducting Course opens with a soaring programme of youthful Mozart and Britten. Week 3 is rich for pianists – with lectures from the legendary Alfred Brendel, our Dartington Piano Concerto Competition, and classes with Joanna MacGregor and Florian Mitrea – and string lovers, with the wonderful Škampa Quartet, cellist Adrian Brendel, violinist Thomas Gould, and Trio Opal. Calamity Jane and Annie Get your Gun fire up the week; Latin rhythm blazes with Brazilian flautist Carlos Malta and the much-loved Adriano Adewale, who unveils his new percussion concerto. Don’t forget your dancing shoes for the Samba Party…