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Dartington Music Summer School & Festival at Dartington Estate, Devon.

Dates: Saturday, July 22, 2023 - Sunday, August 20, 2023

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We have received the following press release;

Dartington Music Summer School & Festival celebrates 75 years
22nd July – 19th August 2023
Course bookings open 8th December 2022


Highlights from the 2023 programme include:


Thea Musgrave as composer in residence, making a welcome return to Dartington


Acclaimed choral conductor Anna Lapwood makes Dartington debut


New courses in a wide range of composition for amateur musicians, with film composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, composer/performer Héloïse Werner and singer-songwriter Ana Silvera


Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini returning to Dartington with a live, interactive version of the lockdown series, “Sing The Score”.

OUR DEAR FOREST: An incredible outdoor installation performance in Dartington’s Deer Park run by Robin Haigh and Tabea Debus for recorder players of all ages and abilities

More family courses than ever before, including Tara Franks (SoundsCreative) returning for a series of workshops, and Jill Kemp leading a site-specific promenade performance of The Pied Piper.

Dartington Music Summer School and Festival is back with a bang with its 2023 programme. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Summer School, it offers a very special four weeks of shared music-making. Courses and workshops are on offer for musicians of all ages and abilities across a broad range of music, from medieval, folk and classical music to new composition and jazz.


From 22nd July to 19th August, the beautiful Dartington Estate in Devon hosts musicians from all over the world, offering a unique opportunity to learn from the best in the business. This year, to celebrate the 75th anniversary, and the 70th year it has been hosted on the Dartington estate, the grounds are extending their bounds almost like an instrument or a performer in itself, with a range of site-specific, outdoor and promenade performances. Plus there will be the usual inspiring sounds of chamber music under trees, songs floating out from studios and impromptu warm-ups on the lawn.

The 2023 programme will also be exploring how we tell our own stories in sound and music, with courses for composers, singer-songwriters and radio makers to examine the stories we tell about the music we love.


WEEK 1 (22-29 July) celebrates early and renaissance music, with Robert Hollingworth and his vocal ensemble I Fagiolini returning to Dartington for a live, interactive version of the hugely popular lockdown YouTube series, “Sing The Score”. Acclaimed soprano Mary Bevan will be coaching advanced singers, composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian leads a composition course in writing for historical and newly-devised instruments and electronics, and the dynamic musicians of Mediva offer workshops in mediaeval music and dance. Fretwork continue their rich programme of courses for viol players of all abilities.


WEEK 2 (29 July- 5 August) focusses on baroque and folk music, with award-winning baroque ensemble Dunedin Consort and director John Butt leading Bach’s B Minor Mass alongside acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger, while soprano Mhairi Lawson offers a vocal masterclass. Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter return to coach folk instrumentalists of all backgrounds, and singer-songwriter Ana Silvera delves into the magical repertoire of Ladino songs. Composer Robin Haigh and recorder virtuoso Tabea Debus will be leading “OUR DEAR FOREST”, a large-scale outdoor installation performance in Dartington’s Deer Park, co-created with recorder players of all ages and abilities.


WEEK 3 (5-12 August) delves into chamber music and composition, with Héloïse Werner offering a course for composer/performers called “the DIY musician” and co-leading a strand in improvisation with innovative cellist Matthew Barley. Award-winning composer Isobel Waller-Bridge offers insight into the world of film composition, and Jessie Rodger (Âme Productions) teaches the art of musical film-making. We welcome choral conductor Grace Rossiter to direct our Big Choir in a performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook offer coaching in the art of song, and our extensive chamber music programme is led by the acclaimed Fidelio Trio.


WEEK 4 (12-19 August) offers an array of mixed chamber music, wind and brass courses, jazz and contemporary composition. Legendary composer Thea Musgrave makes a welcome return to Dartington as composer-in-residence, with acclaimed choral conductor Anna Lapwood directing Musgrave’s Missa Brevis alongside Faure’s Requiem. Celebrated pianist, bandleader and composer Peter Edwards returns to lead our jazz courses, and Dartington favourites Black Voices offer their enduringly popular gospel course. Alice Farnham leads the second of two weeks of advanced coaching for conductors, while Magnard Ensemble and Leonore Piano Trio will offer bespoke chamber music coaching, and composer Larry Goves returns with House of Bedlam for a course in advanced collaborative composition.


Artistic Director, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, commented: “2023 marks the 75th anniversary of our Music Summer School, and 70 years since it found a permanent home in the breath-taking grounds of Dartington Hall. We’ll be honouring that legacy and history by looking to the future, placing the next generation of music-makers at the heart of what we offer, with our generous bursary scheme continuing to support new talent, and our largest-ever series of family courses and events. Our programme reflects the incredible breadth of collaborative music-making today, with new mixed-media courses in sonic storytelling and musical film-making, alongside opportunities for amateur musicians to expand their horizons with courses in film composition, song-writing and improvisation. Once again, the beautiful Dartington estate will come alive with music, from large-scale outdoor installations and promenade performances, to the sound of masterclasses and chamber music sessions floating across the lawn – it promises to be another magical summer of music!”


Bursary places are available. For further information and to book visit:


The concert programme will be announced in the new year.