Thursday, February 19, 2015

1-8 AUGUST: Dartington, UK: Dartington International Summer School (1-29 August 2015)

@DartingtonSummerSch tweets: Really looking forward to having Stevie Wishart @LoganArtsMgmt with us for the first time @ ‪#‎DISS15‬  ‪#‎HurdyGurdy‬!
LoganArts Management @LoganArtsMgmt tweets: see Stevie in London 14 & 15 March at @nesta_uk's @FutureFest 

Dartington International Summer School · 1 - 29 August 2015
Week 1: 01 – 08 August
Medieval & Renaissance Music, Improvisation – and Ecology
Week 2: 08 – 15 August
Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Opera, Folk Music and Poetry...

Hurdy Gurdy
STEVIE WISHARTHurdy gurdy player, improviser, composer, and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multifaceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques. (SESSION 2)

WEEK 1 –

Medieval and Renaissance Music, Improvisation, Jigs, Poetry – and Ecology

Week 1 combines the energy and brilliance of the Middle Ages, the Venetian grandeur of Gabrieli, and the incredible ‘wall of sound’ created by Thomas Tallis’s massive 40-part motet, Spem in Alium, guided by conductor Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra. Medieval and Renaissance players, singers and ensembles (and modern players and singers too) can receive expert tuition and guidance from The City Musick, Fretwork, Carolyn Sampson, Nicholas Clapton, Stevie Wishart and Carole Cerasi, then explore improvisational courses in the afternoon. Whether springboarding from Chaucer’s poetry with Alice Oswald, enacting the stage jigs and bawdy songs of 16th century theatre with Lucie Skeaping, fusing John Dowland and cool jazz with trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, or discovering fairy tales, medieval miracles and talking animals in Marina Warner’s lecture, this week will be colourful, action-packed and exciting. There’s a theme of greenery and ecology too, running through the programming: from sustainable instruments created by Junk Music, pastoral madrigals and nature poetry in the ancient gardens of Dartington, to Alec Roth’s stunning choral work Earthrise.
The concerts, too, encompass the pioneering early world, presenting European and South American motets performed by Ex Cathedra, Fretwork charting Sir Francis Drake’s 1577-80 journey on The Golden Hinde, Bach’s alpha-omega Goldberg Variations and Carolyn Sampson’s The History of the World in Seventeen and a Half Songs. And we literally encircle the Great Hall in our climactic Friday night concert, with Tallis, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, and choral poetry performed in the round, soaring to the rafters.

WEEK 2 –

Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Opera, Folk Music and Poetry

Week 2 is dramatic: it brings operatic virtuosity and brilliance to Dartington, alongside poetry, literature, Scottish ballads and storytelling. Laurence Cummings leads The Big Choir and Baroque Orchestra in dazzling, quasi-operatic choral works by Handel, Rameau and Charpentier. This week is about the art of singing: the expressive soprano Ruby Hughes, Violinist Adrian Chandler, and players from La Serenissima coach the Advanced Vivaldi Opera, while Emma Kirkby imparts her elegant wisdom to singers. There’s a team of Baroque tutors giving masterclasses in strings, winds, lutes and keyboards, and a Bach theme too, with Richard Tunnicliffe focussing on the Cello Suites, Maggie Cole on the Six Partitas and Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor running a Bach on the Piano course.
Folk, poetry and literature are an important part of the programme: Northumbrian pipes-player and fiddler Kathryn Tickell runs a folk course with Scottish theatre director Marilyn Imrie, and Sally Davies directs a Folk Choir. The writer James Runcie leads a creative writing course. Concerts burn with a poetic intensity, from John Dowland’s Lute Songs, Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid settings to Kathryn Tickell’s new ensemble, The Side, bringing together folk and classical worlds. A feast of folk music, poetry, Baroque brilliance and operatic fireworks.

also –

Renaissance Reeds, Recorders, Brass and Strings

Group and individual tuition with members of The City Musick, on shawms, crumhorns, dulcian, rackett, recorders, early violin, cornetts, sackbuts, bagpipes and renaissance percussion. (SESSION 2)

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