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Dartington Hall

Melissa Bradshaw

Dartington Music Summer School & Festival announces 2020 programme

11:10, 3rd December 2019

Dartington Music Summer School & Festival has announced its 2020 course programme, curated by new artistic director Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Taking place at Dartington Hall in Devon from 25 July – 22 August, next year’s event includes a number of new initiatives under Mohr-Pietsch’s direction, including the introduction of composition teaching and Dartington’s first ever short course for parents and children.

Mohr-Pietsch is best known for her work as a BBC Radio 3 broadcaster, currently the host and producer of its new late night ‘Night Tracks’ show. She has also fronted the BBC Proms for BBC Four and alongside her broadcasting work hosts events and talks for organisations such as the Southbank Centre and the Barbican. Her new programme aims to broaden engagement and participation through a range of courses for all ages and abilities led by internationally renowned performers, composers and writers.

The month-long programme features four themed weeks:

  • Week one marks the anniversary of The Mayflower’s voyage with three American composers: Nico Mulhy (artist-in-residence), Moira Smiley and Raven Chacon
  • Week two celebrates the cross-over between folk and baroque, with ensembles the Dunedin Consort and Brecon Baroque making their Dartington debuts with residencies
  • Week three marks Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with highlights to include a performance of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in 24 hours with artists including Martin Roscoe, Ivana Gavric, Tom Poster and Florian Mitrea
  • Week four is a celebration of experimental music to include a festival performance of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts led by jazz bandleader Peter Edwards and Nu Civilisation Orchestra

Other headline artists across the four weeks include vocal ensemble Stile Antico, countertenor Iestyn Davies, cellist Matthew Barley, violinist Thomas Gould, mezzo Kitty Whately, pianist Joseph Middleton, gospel choir Black Voices and soprano Juliet Fraser.

‘My first experience of Dartington Summer School 25 years ago was life-changing, and it’s my pleasure to be able to invite people of all ages, backgrounds and musical experience to come and take part in a similarly transformative summer of shared music-making in 2020,’ Mohr-Pietsch comments. ‘I’m looking forward to bringing together an incredible line-up of the finest international artists to teach our vibrant programme of courses,  including composers, instrumentalists, writers and thinkers.’

Booking for residential courses is open now at www.dartington.org/summerschool. The full programme will be announced in March 2020.

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