Every year in one of the most beautiful parts of rural South Devon on the banks of the River Dart a wonderful extravaganza of music (and other arts) takes place.
The Dartington International Summer School & Festival which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year (28 July until the 25 August) features over 100 concerts from pre-eminent names in music. These are just some from past years: Igor Stravinksy, Benjamin Britten, Neville Mariner, Kiri Te Kanawa and Daniel Barenboim. You can find out more here
The event now attracts thousands of musicians and music lovers every August, bringing together students, amateurs and professionals for the daytime courses, master classes and evening concerts
All this takes place on the Dartington Hall Estate, including the medieval Great Hall, modern performance studios, all set in listed gardens and woodland. Visitors get the chance to relax in this glorious setting, enjoy a drink or a meal and immerse from afternoon to late night in beautiful music.
To mark the 70th year, renowned pianist and the festival’s Artistic Director, Joanne MacGregor has invited an unrivalled list of names from the classical music world, and luminaries from other genres including jazz and folk and the wider arts to be resident and to teach and perform during the four weeks of the event.
The event is run by the Dartington Hall Trust, a registered charity and historically was one of the most important experiments ever undertaken in the social, economic and cultural regeneration of a rural area, led by the founders Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst – an American husband and wife who began their ‘English experiment’ in 1925. Over the years, Dartington has influenced national and international policy and practice in the arts, craft, education, farming, forestry, rural enterprise, ecology and social reform. The surrounding area and town of Totnes has become a focus for devotees of the stress free rural way of life with organic farms and restaurants.
This year the festival has a packed programme of celebratory events. As well as concerts, there are photographic exhibitions and installations, film and illustrated talks. From opera, jazz, chamber music, folk, and poetry, to musical talks, theatre, Brazilian rhythms, gospel and choral music, there’s a vibrant sequence of live events, to create a real festive atmosphere. Felicity Lott, Alfred Brendel, Imogen Cooper, Byron Wallen and Adrian Brendel amongst others will be teaching, hosting talks and performing here. There will be folk sessions with Harbottle and Jonas and Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale performing in hissell out Tango Nuevo concert.
Tickets which are priced from £10-20 are now on sale and can be purchased through the Dartington website here www.dartington.org/summer-school where there is a full programme of events.
Dartington is also offering one reader a pair of tickets to a concert of your choice (subject to availability) in our competition. Please note that no money substitute is offered and that the competition closes at midnighton 14 July 2018All you have to do is answer a simple question and leave us your name and email so that we can let you know if you have won. Please note that the Editor’s decision is final and no cash equivalent is being offered. : Which nationality were the founders of the Dartington Hall Trust? www.dartington.org/summerconcerts