Bursaries and Advanced Courses

Bursaries and Advanced Courses

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Bursary Students

Being a bursary student at Dartington is a unique experience; fantastic music-making in the beautiful setting of the medieval Dartington estate in rural South Devon, with access to an amazing series of concerts and events across the whole summer.

Dartington welcomes bursary students from all over the world and prides itself on offering high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals. We do not wish finance to be a barrier to attending the Summer School. Bursaries (funds towards the cost of fees) are available to help students, graduates and young musicians attend advanced courses.

With accommodation and catering included, bursary students can engage and network with artists and other musicians over meals and throughout the evenings. All successful bursary applicants are accommodated in White House in Foxhole, which comprises single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The accommodation is basic, but functional, and most students find they spend very little time in their room, with so many classes and concerts on offer throughout the day and into the evenings.

Our bursaries are attached to places on our Advanced Courses, all of which have an application form and require materials to be uploaded during the completion of the form. While it is possible to apply for an Advanced Course without a bursary, it is not possible to apply for a bursary to take part in an open course, ensemble, or workshop. Bursary students are required to pay a contribution of between £100 and £500 per week, depending on their financial situation.

advanced courses

Dartington Summer School offers high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals. Although we do offer bursaries on all of our Advanced Courses, applications to the courses themselves are open to anyone of the right standard. A list of the Advanced Courses that we offer is available below. Further details for every course are available on each week’s main page.


Viol Consort with Fretwork & Masterclass with Liam Byrne
Lute Class with Lynda Sayce
Renaissance Consort with William Lyons & The City Musick
Composition with Nico Muhly & Liam Byrne
Vocal Masterclass with Iestyn Davies


Vocal Masterclass with Dame Emma Kirkby
Baroque Orchestra with Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque


Piano Masterclass with Martin Roscoe
Cello Masterclass with Matthew Barley
Violin Masterclass with Thomas Gould
The Art of Song Masterclass with Kitty Whatley & Joseph Middleton

WEEKS 3 & 4

Conducting with David Jones and Alice Farnham (two-week course)


Collaborative Composition for Composers, String Quartet and Voices
Jazz Band: Duke Ellington with Peter Edwards

Some courses – Baroque Orchestra and Advanced Conducting for example – run over all three sessions each day whilst others are part-time. You may wish to participate in one intensive course or several shorter courses, and use your free time to practise and meet up with other players. The Summer School is a brilliant place to meet like-minded musicians. Many long-lasting musical partnerships and friendships are made at Dartington, and have a major impact on musicians’ careers. The Summer School also provides a fantastic opportunity to explore a new study which contrasts but compliments your principal study.

All advanced courses are subject to an application process and numbers are limited to ensure all students have meaningful time with the tutors. If you would like to apply for an Advanced Course, with or without a bursary, the form will ask you for additional materials in support of your application. Please see the black box below which explains what you will need to submit:


Please include in your application:

– An up-to-date CV (in pdf format)

– Two YouTube links to recordings/videos

– Name and email address of referee


Please include in your application:

– An up-to-date CV (in pdf format)

– Two YouTube links to videos

– Name and email address of referee


Please include in your application:

– An up-to-date CV (in pdf format)

– Two YouTube links to performances of your works

– Scores for the two works heard in your recordings (in pdf format)

– Name and email address of referee


Please ensure that you have the following material prepared before starting your application form:

CV – All applicants must upload a .pdf version of their CV. Please ensure that your CV is relevant to the course, detailing your music education and performance experience.

Links to Recordings – As part of your application form, you will need to provide us with two links to recordings or videos of you performing from the last 12 months. Please note that we can only accept YouTube or SoundCloud links (or an equivalent site). Links to DropBox, WeTransfer or other sites that require download will not be recognised. Please ensure that your recordings are relevant to the course that you are applying for. If you are applying to more than one course, please provide a relevant recording for each.

Referee – You will be asked to provide the name and email address of a referee. The referee can be your music teacher, university/conservatoire professor or musical professional that you have worked and/or studied with. Your referee will be sent a reference form on receipt of your application so please ensure that your referee knows that you are applying and have consented to us contacting them.

Additional information on Bursary Form – In order to provide you with financial assistance, we need to know your current circumstances. Where prompted in the form, please be as detailed as possible regarding your need for a bursary. The more detailed a response, the better equipped we are to provide financial aid. Information regarding income, regular expenses and/or recent instrument or music-related purchases will help us to help you.

Deadline for applications – The deadline for applying for an Advanced Course(s) is FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020, at which point all applications will be reviewed by tutors. We will do our best to allocate places as soon after the deadline as possible. We appreciate your patience whilst our tutors personally review each application and it’s supporting material. All applicants will be contacted with the outcome of their application. A second wave of applications may be opened in April 2020, if any places remain unfilled.

If you have any questions regarding Advanced Courses, Bursaries or the application process please call us on 01803 847080 or send us an email summerschool@dartington.org.


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