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The Arts School is a new faculty of Dartington Trust, a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre estate near Totnes. We offer a distinctive portfolio of new postgraduate arts degrees inspired by the experimentalism and innovation in art practice that has animated this place for almost 100 years.

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We offer research degrees in partnership with University of Westminster CREAM. Our researchers have expertise in a wide range of topics including arts practice-led research; animism; medieval literature; modernism; story and myth; arts, design and ecology; ecology and spirituality; Goethean science; regenerative economics, farming and food; social work with adults and children; and social enterprise.

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Dartington has a range of dance, theatre, music and art studios and a wealth of outdoor learning spaces including woods, farmland, the river Dart, the medieval deer park, food growing and landscaped gardens.


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Dartington Arts School has a rich interdisciplinary learning community of staff and students working with a passion to be change-agents for a sustainable future.


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Our low residency, innovative programmes offer you a learning experience rich in intellectual and creative exploration, with a flexibility that suits the complexities of modern life.

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Don't miss this on BBC Radio 3 this Sunday! Featuring our artist in residence @jasonsinghthing . We can't wait to listen ahead of our own Vaughan Williams 150 celebrations at this year's Summer School.

The Lark Descending
Between the Ears

Half environmental warning, half re-imagining of a classic work - The Lark Descending features the premiere of Hinako Omori’s new electronic arrangement of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

When Vaughan Williams wrote his most famous work in 1914, the skylark would have been a ubiquitous presence in the British countryside, but today the skylark is on the "red list" of conservation concern. This bird may have inspired one of the most famous pieces of classical music ever, but now we’re facing an increasingly silent sky.

Between The Ears explores what we have lost, presenting The Lark Ascending in a new light, with a fresh, electronic arrangement. Here, the soloist is the skylark itself - captured by veteran sound recordist Chris Watson in Northumberland this spring.

Naturalist and broadcaster Lucy ‘Lapwing’ Hodson explores the relationship between The Lark Ascending and the birds disappearing from our skies. Along the way, Lucy meets concert violinist Jennifer Pike at Vaughan Williams’s childhood home, producer and nature beatboxer Jason Singh, and writer and conservationist Laurence Rose.

150 years after Vaughan Williams was born, the contrast between the popularity of his most famous work and the steady decline of skylark numbers in the UK has never been as stark. Composer Hinako Omori's electronic re-imagining of the piece explores this contrast, in the premiere of her new arrangement Conversation With A Lark.

Produced in binaural sound, immerse yourself in the skylark’s world by wearing headphones for the best listening experience.

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We're thrilled to offer musicians the chance to work on their composition skills with talented folk artist Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian in Week Two of our Music Summer School this year (30th July - 6th August) in our Folk Composition course.

During the week, you'll experiment with different processes to provide the spark for your new folk composition. Led by award-winning composer and performer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, this course draws techniques from her wide-ranging influences — from English, Scottish and Armenian folksong to conceptual art; from graphic scores to field recordings of the local environment. The course is open to all musicians, and by the end of the week we’ll perform our new arrangements together.

Head over to to book your spot on this fantastic course, or call: 01803 847080 (10am – 4pm Monday – Friday)

{Photo credit: Jodie Cartman}


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There are so many exciting concerts and events on the schedule for this year's Music Summer School & Festival, and ZRI's evening performance of Brahms with a foot-tapping gypsy folk twist should be top of your list.

ZRI is a dynamic five-piece band that takes its name from Zum Roten Igel, or “to the red hedgehog”, the Viennese inn where both Brahms and Schubert spent many happy hours listening to gypsy folk music.

Join ZRI in The Great Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday 11 August for a lively night of music, bringing the rich repertoire of German Romanticism together with the relaxed vibes of the tavern.

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Love to sing? Spend a revitalising week in the beautiful Devon countryside this summer singing at Dartington's world-famous Music Summer School & Festival!

Join us for our popular "Big Choir" choral courses for a week from 23rd July - 20th August, singing choral classics such as Monteverdi’s sumptuous Vespers, Handel’s dramatic Athalia, Brahms’ Requiem, and Vaughan Williams’ mystical songs. You can also opt to join a Gospel Choir with @blackvoicesuk in Week Four, or join the @nestfolk's Fire Choir led by @benseesings to sing folk protest songs in Week Two.

We're currently particularly short on tenors and basses for our Summer School choirs, so please help us spread the word to any deeper-chested singers you may know!

Explore the choral courses on the programme via our website,, and call our friendly team to book 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday: 01803 847080 ☎


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