Join us for an evening with Joanna MacGregor

Dear Summer School Friend,

We are delighted to be able to tell you about a brand new event exclusively for Friends taking place on Thursday 23 May.

The dynamic pianist and curator Joanna MacGregor, Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Artistic Director of our own Dartington International Summer School, will be joining Friends for an exclusive evening of music and conversation in our Great Hall.

One of the most admired and renowned pianists of her time, Joanna will talk about her tenure at Dartington, as well as her extensive career of worldwide touring and recording, offering an intimate insight into a performer’s life.

With a resume covering performances and collaborations in over 80 countries, the BBC Proms, playing under the baton of Simon Rattle and Pierre Boulez, premiering landmark compositions from Harrison Birtwistle and John Adams, and a catalogue of over 35 solo recordings, Joanna will examine how the musical landscape has evolved.

In addition to conversation, Joanna will offer live musical illustrations from music and musicians that have shaped her career. A tantalising taste ahead of this summer’s month-long summer festival.

Please click below to book. You will be asked to log in to unlock Priority Booking for Friends; if you haven’t logged in before you will need to set a password first using this link. Please do contact our Box Office at / 01803 847070 (12-7pm) if you have any questions.


We Are Celebrating 70 Years!

It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to the 70th anniversary of the historic Dartington International Summer School!

It’s the Summer School’s 70th birthday this year and there’s a joyous, bumper programme, packed with acclaimed and innovative artists throughout four weeks. Imogen Cooper, Jane Glover, Felicity Lott, Tom Randle, Adrian Brendel and Oliver Knussen – as well as the brilliant folk duo Harbottle and Jonas, Trio Gaspard and the fabulous Heath Quartet – will be part of the celebrations. There are workshops and masterclasses, coaching and concerts, premieres and new collaborations.

Our choral projects are even more colourful and ambitious, from Bolivian Masses and Bach’s St Matthew Passion to Haydn’s Creation and Verdi’s Requiem. We thrill to music resonating with liberation: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, as well as Byron Wallen’s cool jazz project celebrating Martin Luther King and the Harlem Renaissance. Composition is buzzing with Eleanor Alberga, Oliver Knussen and Freya Waley-Cohen. Neil Brand presents film and music, Adriano Adewale and Luiz Morais delight us with Latin American rhythm – all this and flamenco, too.

I’m delighted to welcome a distinguished group of writers and poets including James Runcie, Alice Oswald, and the award-winning Katrina Porteous on wild landscapes.

Dartington is a place of extraordinary beauty and creativity, and its ancient buildings and dream-like gardens resonate and shimmer with generations of musicians, artists, dancers, poets and writers. Each year the Summer School sets out to do something unique: to create a community of all ages and backgrounds, coming together in a fantastic atmosphere of study and friendship, celebration and performance. We’re a music school by day, and a concert hall by night; you can listen to up to three concerts each evening.

I look forward to welcoming you all to what will be a wonderful summer party –the 70th anniversary of the Summer School!

Joanna MacGregor, Artistic Director