Dartington International Summer School & Festival Week 2

  • Dartington Hall Dartington TQ9 6EL United Kingdom

About the course

Week overviews

All courses are taught for six days, from Sunday to Friday. There are four main sessions a day, starting around 9am, 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm. There’s also an early morning session for Yoga or Tai Chi Qigong.

Please look at the timetable on the Dartington website to see how your day could fit together; as you can see, some courses run across multiple sessions. If a course title is repeated in separate session blocks, it is possible to sign up for just one session of the course; if the title runs across the blocks, you must attend both/all sessions. And don’t forget, the evening is full of concerts too!

Advanced courses

Dartington Summer School provides a fantastic opportunity for intensive study and there are many courses suitable for music students and graduates as well as music professionals. Some – Conducting and Opera for example – run over two or three sessions per day while others are part-time. You may wish to participate in one intensive course or several shorter courses and use your free time to practise and meet up with other players. The Summer School provides a fantastic opportunity to choose at least one course that contrasts with your principal study. Why not try dance, creative writing, improvisation or multimedia?

Week 2 specialisms

Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Opera, Folk Music and Creative Writing


Ruby Hughes

Ruby Hughes

Week 2 is dramatic: it brings operatic virtuosity and brilliance to Dartington alongside poetry, literature, ballads and storytelling. Jane Glover leads The Big Choir and Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s delicious and vivacious Alexander’s Feast. Our Baroque Opera double-bill this year is John Lampe’s satiric Pyramus and Thisbe, a huge hit on London’s stage in 1745, and Purcell’s tragic and timeless Dido and Aeneas.

We’re blessed with a feast, too, of superb Baroque coaches – principal players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as their leader, Margaret Faultless. The young international Ensemble Meridiana, who met and trained in Basel, also join us, along with the wonderful operatic singers, Hilary Summers, Andrew Watts and Ruby Hughes. There are instrumental courses led by Richard Tunnicliffe and Maggie Cole for strings, harpsichord and fortepiano, and Artistic Director, Joanna MacGregor, runs a Baroque Music on the Piano course.

Folk and poetry continues to be an important part of the programme: Northumbrian pipes-player and fiddler, Kathryn Tickell, returns to run a folk course and Sally Davies directs our Dartington Folk Choir. The poet, Jo Shapcott, leads a poetry writing course. Concerts burn with a poetic intensity, from late-night harpsichord music and Chopin’s complete Mazurkas, to a celebration of Kathleen Ferrier and Jane Glover’s Mozart’s Women. Operatic fireworks, Baroque brilliance – and a ceilidh too!

Age range of participants

  • 18+
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult

Residential status

Residential and non-residential options are available.


Fees for courses and concerts:

  • Standard: £425
  • Srudent: £385
  • Under 12s: £215

Please visit the Dartington website for full information including prices for accommodation and catering.


Dartington Hall, Dartington TQ9 6EL


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