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Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9DT United Kingdom
01460 258 648

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July 2016
£761.00

The Twenty Second Dillington – Classical Guitar Summer School

July 31 @ 15:00 - August 6 @ 9:00

This popular event, which celebrates its 22nd anniversary, offers classical guitarists a unique opportunity to participate in a varied programme of music making, with plenty of time to develop playing and music reading skills. In an atmosphere of mutual support, your confidence will grow whilst performing in ensembles both large and small. Highlights for 2016 will include several new arrangements for Guitar Orchestra by Peter Reuffer as well as an original work by Branco Stoysin. There will also be opportunities…

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£12.00

Classical Guitar Summer Festival – Bach and Beyond

July 31 @ 20:00

Music for Guitars and Harpsichord. Peter Reuffer (Guitar) & Adrian Boynton (Harpsichord) with special guest Lydia Hepworth (Guitar). A programme spanning 300 years including works by Bach, Marcello, Boccherini, Brouwer & Michel Legrand.

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August 2016
£12.00

Classical Guitar Summer Festival – Latin Impressions – Artic Guitar Trio

August 1 @ 20:00

Trond Davidson, Jarl Stromdal & Arne Brattland, programme includes works by Ginastera, Guastavino & Villa Lobos.

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£12.00

Classical Guitar Summer Festival – Serenade – Frontiers Trio

August 2 @ 20:00

Mark Ashford (Guitar), David Le Page (violin) & Nick Stringfellow (Cello). Programme includes works by Vivaldi, Paganini, Piazzolla & Albeinz.

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£12.00

Classical Guitar Summer Festival – Prague Guitar Quartet

August 3 @ 20:00

Marek Veleminsky, Vaclav Kucera, Matej Fremi & Patrick Vacik. Programme includes works by Britten, Prokofiev & Stepan Rak.

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£12.00

Classical Guitar Summer Festival – From Serbia with Love – Branco Stoysin

August 4 @ 20:00

With special guest Peter Reuffer (Guitar), Programme features Branco’s lyrical guitar compositions and Folk music from Serbia.

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£790.00

Dillington Summer School Week One

August 7 @ 15:00 - August 13 @ 9:00

Week One offers you a selection of courses from which to create your own special holiday with a difference. Choose to spend the week out and about with Mike Hope, take part in one of the longer courses or put together a programme of shorter courses or self-contained days.

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£50.00

The Music of Spain

August 8 @ 9:00 - 16:00

Although it is true that Spain did not contribute much to the classical or symphonic tradition of European music there are nevertheless great riches to discover. Its choral polyphony is arguably the greatest ever written and the music of Granados, Albeniz and Manuel de Falla presents a whole new sound world that is Spain in essence. A heady mix of Moorish, Gypsy and European sentiment. And then there is the unique style of Zarzuela, Rodrigo’s romanticism and the evocative music…

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£100.00

The Music of Tudor England

August 8 @ 9:00 - August 9 @ 16:00

Think of the Tudors and one thinks of the Reformation, that devastating upheaval. For musicians it proved hard to cope, as the rapturous elaborations of earlier times had to give way to simple purity. But Secular music also evolved, and became more personal and revealing. John Taverner and Thomas Tallis will take centre stage in this course, since their live stories are so emblematic: but others won’t be forgotten – not least John Dowland with his exquisite songs, and the…

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£100.00

The Georgians – Their Art, Architecture & Entertainment

August 8 @ 9:00 - August 9 @ 16:00

Everybody knows something about the Georgians but not everyone knows how foundational the period remains to our own time and culture. The Hanoverian succession was not easy although once established it created an enduring dynasty. This two-day course will explore the architecture, the society, briefly the politics, the art, literature and the music. We will learn how the Grand Tour informed taste – or didn’t, as the case maybe. We will appreciate how our economy grew and how we learnt…

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£790.00

Viva España

August 8 @ 9:00 - August 12 @ 16:00

A mini festival of individual subjects celebrating the vibrancy of Spanish history and culture. All complete in themselves but amounting to a week discussing and revelling in all things Spanish. Topics during the week range from art, music, literature, politics and history. Further detail for each day is shown under the Day Courses section.

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£790.00

Be A More Confident Painter

August 8 @ 9:00 - August 12 @ 16:00

This five day course is designed to challenge painters with some experience. The emphasis will be on watercolour, especially for preliminary work but finished studio pieces could be in any medium. Take time in the glorious surroundings of Dillington, to unwind and take a critical look at your own work. Be honest, are you stuck in a rut? Are you producing the same slightly tired and overworked paintings time and time again? Is there a better painter lurking within? Together…

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£790.00

Private Houses & Gardens of Devon, Somerset & Dorset

August 8 @ 9:00 - August 12 @ 16:00

Despite the large number of Houses and Gardens, which open their doors to the public (over 1500 in the UK), there are over twice this number, which are rarely, if ever, open to the general public. As with last year’s programme, which was dedicated solely to the private houses and gardens of Devon, this year sees a number of houses from both Somerset and Dorset, being added to a further group from Devon. Over five days we will visit a…

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£50.00

Cervantes & Don Quixote

August 9 @ 9:00 - 16:00

2016 is the quatercentenary of the death of Spain’s greatest writer. It is remarkable that Cervantes’ literary creation has endured across the centuries and throughout the world. We will explore the author’s life and times and examine the various themes of the novel. We will also consider the representation of the story in music and art.

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£50.00

Gustav Holst – The Man & His Music

August 10 @ 9:00 - 16:00

Despite the huge success of ‘The Planets’, Gustav Holst has always been hard to pin down. His fascinating life story is full of abrupt changes of direction, multiple influences and a vast breadth of inspiration. English folk music, oriental mysticism, the doctrines of William Morris – it’s all there, expressed in terms of glittering orchestration, warm melody, even touches of mesmerising modernism. ‘The Planets’ is only the tip of the iceberg.

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£50.00

The Life & Art of Vincent Van Gogh

August 10 @ 9:00 - 16:00

Vincent’s short life and artistic achievement is remarkable by any measure. Largely self-taught, we know that his individual vision of the world was born from his intense humanity and a passionate belief that painting could make a difference. In this course we will look deeply and critically at his extraordinary life, his work and legacy. We will examine the difficult relationship with his family and the importance of those close to him. Using the letters to his brother we will…

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£50.00

The Rise & Fall of Facism in Spain & Portugal

August 10 @ 9:00 - 16:00

The illegal uprising by the army against the elected governments and the bloody civil war that followed was a prelude to World War II. Remarkably, when racism was defeated elsewhere, the right-wing dictatorships endured in Spain and Portugal. With Europe developing new economies and institutions it was inevitable that the end would come. When it did, Spain transformed itself into an amazingly vibrant and confident democracy. The story in Portugal is similar. This day course will explore the history, issues…

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£50.00

The Fiestas of Spain

August 11 @ 9:00 - 16:00

To many Spain is synonymous with fiestas and no one celebrates better than the Spanish! Through music, video and images we look at some of the great religious, historic and culinary fiestas that define this diverse and utterly captivating country. To understand the fiestas is to understand the people.

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£100.00

The Genius of Handel

August 11 @ 9:00 - August 12 @ 16:00

There is a lot more to Handel than his justly celebrated oratorio Messiah or The Water Music. This short course will examine his life, time and achievement. Lavishly illustrated with images, music and anecdotes, we will explore the whole range of his output and demonstrate his complete mastery and genius. Importantly, we will see that life as a jobbing composer was not as secure or assured as we might assume from his present-day reputation. The business of music-making in Georgian…

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£100.00

The War of the Roses

August 11 @ 9:00 - August 12 @ 16:00

Great buildings, growing prosperity, and a nasty taste for violence – that’s the paradox of fifteenth century England. Lost confidence in King Henry VI, and an ill-advised challenge from his cousin Richard of York, then terrible consequences including the deaths of both men. We will take a fresh view of the conflict, from its inception to the showdown at Tewkesbury (1471).

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£50.00

The Art of Joaquin Sorolla – Spain’s Greatest Impressionist

August 12 @ 9:00 - 16:00

Joaquin Sorolla is the least known great painter in Europe. In part this is because his style was eclipsed by the modern art of Picasso, Miro and Dali and few of his pictures ever made it into the national collections of northern Europe. Indeed, it has been claimed that there isn’t a single Sorolla painting in any British public collection. If you don’t know the artist then you’ll be in for a surprise and a treat.

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£790.00

Dillington Summer School Week Two

August 14 @ 15:00 - August 20 @ 9:00

Week Two offers a programme of full week courses but there is an opportunity to take time out from these and join a day with Dr Jan D. Cox on his Nordic Adventure or Chris Pollard on Spanish Cinema on Wednesday (subject to availability).

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£790.00

Hidden Landscapes, Hidden Treasures of the West Country

August 15 @ 9:00 - August 19 @ 16:00

Off the beaten track and boasting stunningly beautiful landscapes, each of the areas to be visited during the week possess a unique set of characteristics and a wealth of evidence of human occupation over the last five thousand years. Each day you will visit, hear and see about events, places, buildings, monuments, people, the geology and the topography. All of these areas have served as, and continue to act as, the inspiration for artists, designers, writers and poets. Each day…

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£250.00

Antiques Repair Workshop

August 15 @ 9:00 - August 19 @ 16:00

This practical and enjoyable five day course will give you an opportunity to participate and learn from an expert ‘everything you ever wanted to know about furniture but were afraid to ask’. You will spend each day in the tutor’s own workshop in Wellington where specific problems will be overcome and techniques demonstrated. In addition, the important question, ‘Is it really worth repairing?’ will be addressed. The tutor will provide examples and demonstrations but please bring with you a small…

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£790.00

Collage Workshop: Paper Into Art

August 15 @ 9:00 - August 19 @ 16:00

Collage is a quick, versatile and easy way of creating and developing visual ideas. The work can stand for itself or become a springboard for a more sustained and ambitious piece of work. In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of techniques and approaches before being let loose on your own individual projects. By the end of the week you will have made several stunning pieces to take home. Whether you regard yourself as an experienced artist…

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£790.00

The Joy of Spanish

August 15 @ 9:00 - August 19 @ 16:00

This is a week for people who love Spanish and Spain, who know enough Spanish to have a conversation and find the prospect of five days speaking, listening and learning Spanish irresistible. The focus of the course will be intense language sessions during which participants will be encouraged to speak and discuss; items from the Spanish media will be used to fire discussion! During the week we shall watch three films including the winner of the 2015 Goya. We shall…

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£790.00

A Nordic Adventure – The Art, History & Culture of Scandinavia

August 15 @ 9:00 - August 19 @ 16:00

Five day courses, all complete in themselves, but amounting to a week exploring the broader group of countries collectively known as the Nordic Nations: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Each day we will examine the art, history and culture of each of these countries and on we will delve into Nordic Noir and Nordic Film. We will listen to the rich musical heritage of these lands, look at food, photographs and travelogues, and discover why all things Nordic are…

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£50.00

Norway: Art, History & Culture

August 15 @ 9:00 - 16:00

We look at the history of Norway from the days of the Vikings onwards, including its fight for independence and the ‘Heroes of Telemark’ in WW2. Inspirational pictures of the mountains and fjords will be supplemented by art that reflected Norway’s growing Nationalism in the nineteenth-century, not forgetting Edvard Munch. We will also look at British travellers’ adventures in Norway, and music will be supplied by the sublime Edvard Grieg.

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£50.00

Sweden: Art, History & Culture

August 16 @ 9:00 - 16:00

We examine Sweden’s place in the history of Scandinavia, involving unions with Finland and Norway, and battles with Denmark and Russia. Art will feature many fine landscapes and the portraits and nudes of Anders Zorn. More recent Sweden will include the Moomins and the Ikea phenomenon, and music will feature Swedish Rhapsody by Hugo Alfvén. We also consider the works of playwright August Strindberg.

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£50.00

Spanish Cinema: The 1980s

August 17 @ 9:00 - 16:00

The 1980s were a fascinating decade for Spain. Franco was dead, the repressive regime had been dismantled and for the first time in its history, Spain breathed a climate of artistic freedom. In the cinema, the 80s were a decade of dramatic change. The ‘New Cinema’ was led by the iconoclastic Pedro Almodovar and for the first time the cinema could relate truthfully the story of the Spanish Civil Way, José Luis Garci won an Oscar and filmmakers from the…

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£50.00

Denmark: Art, History & Culture

August 17 @ 9:00 - 16:00

We look at Denmark’s proud history, and the way that its empire shrank over the centuries, including its naval battles with Britain. Art will include Denmark’s ‘Golden Age’ from the early 19th century, and the paintings of two great women artists, Bertha Wegmann and Anna Ancher, as well as the brilliant P. S. Krøyer. Music will feature the cello concerto of Franz Neruda. Plus Hans Christian Andersen and Lego!

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£50.00

Finland & Iceland: Art, History & Culture

August 18 @ 9:00 - 16:00

We will discuss Finland’s battles with Russia, and the Kalevala, a 19th-century epic poem of myth and legend. Sibelius will supply haunting music and there is striking art from Albert Edelfelt, Gallen-Kallela and Hugo Simberg. In Iceland we will look at the world’s oldest parliament, its volcanoes and geysers, the music of Sigur Ros and the art of Thorláksson and Jonssón. Also, the Cod War and the recent economic upheaval.

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£50.00

Nordic Noir & Nordic Film

August 19 @ 9:00 - 16:00

Scandinavia has been a great recent international hit in terms of both its influential films and its crime literature. We will look at such successful films as Together (Sweden), Trollhunter (Norway), and Oscar winners Babette’s Feast (Denmark) and The Man without a Past (Finland). Our dip into literature will include Stieg Larsson (Girl with a Dragon Tattoo), Henning Mankell (Wallander) and the TV dramatizations Borgen and The Killing.

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£314.00

Botanical Illustration

August 30 @ 15:00 - September 1 @ 14:00

Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This studio based watercolour course is for all ability levels; no experience of art or botany is required, just commitment. We aim to enjoy working in an atmosphere of relaxed industry. Students will work at their own pace on the subject of their choice. The course will cover the use of basic materials and methods for beginners and will offer professional advice to advanced students. The emphasis will…

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£314.00

Stumpwork Pansies & Violas

August 30 @ 15:00 - September 1 @ 14:00

Inspiration for this course comes from the beautiful costumes and books of Elizabeth I, where the emblem of the pansy and viola was widely used. Raised work techniques work extremely well for these lovely flowers, which come in a wealth of colour combinations. Try something new and learn how you can incorporate real flowers in your embroidery. This course is suitable for all abilities.

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£314.00

Beautiful Brick & Sublime Stone: How Building Materials Have Shaped Britain’s Architecture

August 30 @ 15:00 - September 1 @ 14:00

The rich variety of building materials is one of the most striking things about British architecture. Look around you in any town and you’ll see stone church spires, red brick houses, shop fronts decorated with tiles, perhaps an older timber-framed house, an Edwardian theatre with an ornate plastered facade, or a market hall with a roof of glass and iron. In this course we will look at these different materials and how they have influenced British architecture, exploring along the…

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£50.00

Edward I & Queen Eleanor

August 31 @ 9:00 - 16:00

King Edward I (1272-1307) is best remembered for his Welsh and Scottish wars, and his great series of castles around Snowdonia. Less well known, but more significant, were his promotion of law, parliament and currency reform, as well as his patronage of the arts. His wife, Eleanor of Castile was less well known, and this day course will try to give a picture of their lives. All-comers welcome.

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£50.00

Let the Train Take the Strain: Planning Your Own Travels Through Eastern Europe

August 31 @ 9:00 - 16:00

This day course takes the form of a workshop for planning your own travels by train through Eastern Europe. This year Mike Shaw extends his focus to the Western Ukraine, Rumania, Bulgaria and on to Istanbul. He will explain the origins of each of the national networks, the resulting choke points and how to avoid them. Thereafter we will work through a number of possible journeys and how these can be planned in detail. If you have a yearning to…

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£50.00

Meeting Me on The Cloud

August 31 @ 9:00 - 16:00

Do you feel that you would like to keep up with family events and share your news online but are daunted by just how to start using social media, and nervous of who’s out there? Keep up to date with friends and family, news, research, reviews and more; social media is more than just a gossip box! We will have a fun day, in a friendly and supportive environment, exploring email, Facebook, Skype and twitter, as well as other areas…

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£50.00

Verdi and the Force of Density

August 31 @ 9:00 - 16:00

The hammer blows of cruel fate drive the plot of this dramatic tale, one of Verdi’s longest, richest and most incident-packed operas. We explore the tragedy befalling Leonora and the men in her life – her lover Alvaro, and her vengeance-obsessed brother, Carlo. But mostly we focus on Verdi’s superb score with its plethora of magnificent arias, duets and ensembles, the culmination of his wonderful middle period. All-comers welcome.

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September 2016
£50.00

Singing Workshop: Best of Bacharach & David

September 8 @ 9:00 - 16:00

Dynamic song-writing duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David dominated the pop music scene during the 1960s and 70s, penning 52 Top 40 songs and bringing a new sophistication to the traditional ‘pop’ sound with their unique combination of memorable melodies and unsentimental, bittersweet lyrics. Spend a day with experienced vocal coach Jo Sercombe delving around in the Bacharach and David back-catalogue as we learn to sing gems such as Walk on By and I’ll Never Fall in Love Again. Suitable…

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£230.00

September In Somerset

September 12 @ 0:00 - September 15 @ 0:00

Dillington is located in a region that is steeped in history and has a rich and varied landscape, from moor to sea all within easy reach. Enjoy a three night stay in the beautiful surroundings of Dillington and be free to explore the wonderful counties of Somerset, Dorset and Devon. Return to a delicious evening meal and spend a relaxing evening in front of the fire. Price includes tea and cake on arrival and three nights dinner, bed and breakfast.

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£415.00

Pop-Up Tree House

September 12 @ 15:00 - September 15 @ 9:00

Tree houses have fascinated us for centuries and here is an opportunity to make one yourself albeit a pop-up model of one! We make a 180-degree pop-up on a base comprising over fifty separate pieces all interlocked into the one structure. All-comers welcome.

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£461.00

Shakespeare 400

September 12 @ 15:00 - September 15 @ 14:00

2016 marks the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and as part of the celebrations during this short course we are hoping to include a visit to Stratford to watch the magnificent Sir Antony Sher in his performance of King Lear (*see below). The course is designed to engage with some of the key issues surrounding Shakespeare; the authorship controversy; the history of the theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon; consideration of the plays in performance and a look at Shakespeare’s enduring cultural legacy. …

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£50.00

News From the Fronts: August – September 1916

September 13 @ 9:00 - 16:00

This standalone day course is one of a rolling series covering the centenary of events as they occurred during the Great War. The approach taken is broader than the conventional narrative treatment. Each course starts with a strategic overview of events across all Theatres of the war thus highlighting the immediate problems confronting the leadership of the major belligerents. Thereafter the courses will consider the prosecution of on-going operations. This course focuses on the concurrent Battles of Verdun, The Somme…

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£50.00

Creative Writing Workshop: “The Child is Father to the Man…” (Wordsworth)

September 23 @ 9:00 - 16:00

What are the most important influences which make us the adults we are today? Nature, nurture or our education in the widest sense? During this day we will explore the many areas of education we had as children: the teachers who inspired us with a love of learning and conversely those who sadly made us feel a failure and stupid. We will discuss a variety of novels and poems which describe many different schools and influences and their impact on…

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£322.00

Music & Revolution

September 23 @ 17:00 - September 25 @ 15:00

During this weekend we shall explore the work of four great composers whose careers, and the very different paths they took, illustrate clearly the impact of the huge changes that came about in Russia in the early twentieth century. They are: Serge Rachmaninov, who fled his homeland just before the Revolution in 1917; Igor Stravinsky, who left as a young man to achieve greatness first in Europe, then the USA; Sergey Prokofiev, who left in the 1920s, but later returned;…

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£378.00

Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend

September 23 @ 17:00 - September 25 @ 15:00

The Coull Quartet will lead a further weekend of coaching for string quartets who play to a good standard. The Coull are one of the finest and most experienced quartets in the country and we are delighted that they are returning to Dillington for a weekend of serious music-making and fun. The course includes a seat at the Sunday afternoon concert by the Coull Quartet.

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£16.00

Concert: Coull Quartet

September 25 @ 14:30 - 16:00

The magnificent Coull Quartet offers a rare combination of maturity and freshness and we are delighted that they are once more returning to Dillington. For this year’s concert their programme includes Mozart’s Quartet in E-flat major K428, Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 11 Opus 122 and Dvořák’s Quartet No. 9 in D minor Opus 34.

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October 2016
£347.00

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

October 7 @ 17:00 - October 9 @ 14:00

Suitable for those who already have a good working knowledge of common steps and formations in Scottish Country Dancing, this weekend will provide you with an opportunity to improve your technique, learn new dances and enjoy all social aspects of Scottish Country Dancing. There will be social dancing on Friday and Saturday and classes both Saturday and Sunday morning and an optional workshop on Saturday afternoon. Please note this weekend is not suitable for beginners. The balance of fees for…

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£352.00

Singing For Larks – Jazz & Swing Harmonies

October 14 @ 17:00 - October 16 @ 15:00

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singings for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by ear. This approach makes the joy of singing with others easily accessible to those who are new to singing, whilst offering more experienced singers the opportunity to develop their aural skills. On this Jazz and Swing Harmonies weekend we shall be exploring the kind of complex, close harmonies found in…

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£431.00

Bobbin Lacemaking – British and European

October 28 @ 17:00 - October 31 @ 14:00

This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers from those who have a knowledge of only the basic stitches to those who wish to study advanced techniques in the British and European laces. Many of the continental laces are taught with the aid of a colour-coded diagram to help students continue their work at home. Time will be given to relating threads to patterns and finishing and mounting lace. A reduced fee is available for those wishing to…

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