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Joanna MacGregor to lead Dartington from summer 2015
30 March 2014
MacGregor has been announced as the artistic director of the Dartington
International Summer School from 2015, initially on a three-year contract.
take over from Nicholas Daniel after this year’s summer school, Daniel having
been taken on with a one-year contract, as
announced last year.
'Joanna has been recruited to help build on the successes of the summer school, develop
new approaches with other arts activities at Dartington and restore the four
week format,’ read a statement.
2014 summer school will be only three weeks long, as opposed to the
long-established five-week model, a change made ‘due to reduced demand for the
2013 summer school’ according to a Dartington spokesperson. With strong sales
this year, however, the plan is to step up to four weeks in 2015.
was artistic director of the Bath International Music Festival from 2006 to
2012 and is head of piano at the Royal Academy of Music. She was made a
professor of the University of London in autumn 2013 ‘in recognition of her
outstanding contribution both to the Academy and to international musical
has a reputation for bringing amateurs and professional musicians together and
is well-known for attracting artists of international calibre to work as
tutors. Before Daniel, directors were the composer John Woolrich, Gavin
Henderson, Peter Maxwell Davies and William Glock.
in 2014 include pianists Anna Tilbrook, Christian Blackshaw, Katya Apekisheva
and Tom Poster, soprano Emma Kirkby, conductor Sian Edwards, viol consort
Fretwork, violist Philip Dukes, and composers Colin Matthews and John Woolrich.
said of her appointment: ‘Having been involved with the summer school for many
years I am delighted to take on this exciting role and to have the opportunity
to shape the future of this wonderful celebration of music and creativity.’
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