Dartington International Summer School & Festival Week 4

  • 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 4 specialisms

Carmen and Composition, Film and Multimedia, Gospel and Jazz


Andy Sheppard

Andy Sheppard

Week 4 definitely has a Flamenco flavour with a performance of Bizet’s Carmen as the climax of our Advanced Opera Course, complementing Paco Peña’s stunning Flamenco Mass alongside Fauré’s gorgeous Requiem. But most of all, we celebrate musical creativity in all its forms: from multimedia courses and Judith Weir’s Advanced Composition Course, coaxing new chamber works into life, to the Jazz Course, led by the titanic saxophonist, Andy Sheppard.

This week is simply sensational for brass players: there are masterclasses with the brilliant Alison Balsom and cool Dutch jazz trumpeter, Eric Vloeimans, as well as Dartington Big Band, Dartington Brass Ensemble and American jazz classics performed by the Dartington Festival Orchestra. There’s string tuition from Madeleine Mitchell and the Heath Quartet; piano masterclasses with Steven Osborne; wind tuition with Notus Winds; music theatre with Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Dadaist happenings being staged around the estate all week in celebration of Erik Satie’s 150th birthday.

Singers can go from choral and Gospel music into Carmen opera choruses; instrumentalists can perform in masterclasses and workshops in the morning then improvise and compose in different styles all afternoon. However you choose to spend your time, there’s an enormous amount of stimulation, fun, partying and dancing in store for you in this final week of the 2016 Summer School.

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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