QUOTE(Tenor Viol @ Dec 19 2011, 03:43 PM)
QUOTE(katica @ Dec 19 2011, 09:20 PM)
I enjoyed the Dartington Summer School so much last year that I am thinking of going again this year. In week 5.More details on the DSS website
Thanks for that - I was wondering about a summer school for the cello - but they have voice and viols...eek!
How does the format work? You opt for a main tutored session, but can choose other sessions as well?
Yes. There's an overview of each week now up on the website. I hope that in January they will do as last year and post a timetable by session. Basically there are four sessions in the day so you can sign up for up to four courses (all included in the price). There's usually quite a lot to choose from so chances are that some interesting courses will clash. Some people are actively on the go all day. Other people just do one or two courses (or none at all) and go along as observers to other sessions. I found it quite manic - not enough time to fit in practice, short get-togethers to play things with other musicians you meet along the way, and so forth. I didn't have time to walk around the grounds properly or along the river Dart...
The evening concerts were fantastic too. Last year every day there were always three concerts or lectures in the evening (5pm, main concert 7.45 and late chamber concert 10pm). Priority is given to summer school students over outsiders and tickets are included.
You pay by the week, according to the level of accommodation you choose (from camping up to sooper-dooper digs in the medieval hall). The price includes courses, accommodation and meals (except for campers), so the only thing you need to pay for on top is the music you need. And booze (there's a pub in situ - very civilized!). Overall the price of a week has gone up by 20% for 2012. But I think it's still fantastic value. I wish I had the time and money to go for more than a week. I'd love to go for week one or two (Early Music) as well as Week 5 but it's just not possible...