Dartington International Summer School & Festival Week 3

  • 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!

Week 3 specialisms

Conducting and Orchestral Music, Opera, Music Theatre and Brazilian Music


Sian Edwards

Sian Edwards

Week 3 is a treat for pianists – with lectures on late Beethoven and Woody Allen from the legendary Alfred Brendel, masterclasses and workshops from Hamish Milne, Artistic Director, Joanna MacGregor, and Florian Mitrea – and string lovers – with the wonderful Škampa Quartet, cellist, Adrian Brendel, violinist, Chloe Hanslip, and the Dartington Festival String Orchestra.

George Vass rehearses Haydn’s mighty Nelson Mass and Richard Williams directs a new, riotously witty production of The Pirates of Penzance. There are music theatre classes and vocal classes led by opera star, Gillian Keith; and Sarah Gabriel stars in her new show about Dorothy Parker.

Sian Edwards opens the two-week Advanced Conducting Course rehearsing a majestic programme of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and the Triple Concerto; the Advanced Opera Course production of Carmen begins; while tango, samba and bossa nova run through the week led by Brazilian master percussionist, Adriano Adewale, and Lithuanian accordionist, Martynas Levickis, with a tango band and tango ball. Don’t forget your dancing shoes…

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
  • Student: £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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