I’ve been taking a blogbreak over the silly season but I just received the link to the 2017 Dartington International Summer School of Music brochure and this has spurred me into action. I’ve been working closely with Dartington Arts and the Summer School Foundation in putting together Sanctuary, so I’m delighted to post the brochure here and encourage everyone — listeners, players, makers of all ages — to take a look. It’s Joanna McGregor’s third year as artistic director, and it’s just been announced that she will continue after this year, which is great news. I’ve been to week 3 for the past two years and this year am intending to go to week 2 for a spot of Purcell. There’s also a focus on writing that week, so I’m going to take a fresh box of sharp pencils as well as my violin.
While I’m over there, I hope to also call in at Musique Cordiale 2017, run by the redoubtable Pippa Pawlik in the hilltop town of Seillans in Haute Provence, and take a side trip to visit the famous Horn Cave near Avignon.
Alternatively, I might end up driving kids around NSW, walking dogs, feeding chickens, slaving over advertising copy and studying. But we can dream!