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Joanna MacGregor extends position as Artistic Director
The Dartington Hall Trust is delighted to announce that Joanna MacGregor OBE will be extending her position as Artistic Director for The Dartington International Summer School & Festival until summer 2019. Joanna’s carefully curated programme is stronger than ever with more than ninety concerts and events taking place over four weeks next August. Dartington’s commitment to developing the arts and creativity is embraced by Joanna, and the world-famous summer school is designed for everyone: professional musicians, music students and of course local concertgoers. 2017 will see Sweeney Todd and Peter Grimes sit alongside legendary pianist Alfred Brendel on Schubert and folk sessions with Martin and Eliza Carthy. We also look forward to Dartington’s second Party in the Town on 28 April 2017, happening all over Totnes and collaborating with local artists.

Since her inaugural festival in 2015, Joanna MacGregor’s programme has substantially increased the festival audience and attracted exciting new artists to the South West.

Dartington’s CEO, Rhodri Samuel says ‘The International Summer School & Festival is our flagship arts event and Joanna MacGregor’s spectacular line-up builds upon Dartington’s vision to curate and enable talent. As a new vision for Dartington emerges, we are thrilled that the future of the International Summer School & Festival is looking particularly bright under Joanna’s Artistic Directorship. I am delighted to have secured Joanna for another two years.’

Joanna MacGregor, Artistic Director, says ‘Dartington has been an historically important and vibrant environment for arts, and the four-week Dartington International Summer School & Festival is a joyous, boundary-breaking part of that. I’m delighted to be able to take the Summer School forward towards its seventieth birthday, and continue its great tradition of music-making, friendship, and creativity.’
Dartington’s International Summer School & Festival 2017 courses are now open for bookings.

Please get in touch with the Summer School office for further details:
+44 (0)1803 847080

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About The Dartington Hall Trust
Dartington uses its landed estate to support creative, resilient communities to make positive social change. We create jobs and build homes, support regional food production and farming, and enrich lives through the arts. Our enterprise activities include the Shops at Dartington, a conference centre with accommodation and the award-winning White Hart restaurant and bar. Dartington International Summer School and Festival programme is part
of Dartington’s work to enrich lives through the arts for positive social change. Dartington Hall Trust is a registered charity – charity number 279756.

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Professor Joanna MacGregor, OBE, FRAM is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, Joanna MacGregor is also the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival.