Pianist and conductor Joanna MacGregor has been appointed as the new artistic director of Dartington International Summer School. MacGregor will succeed Nicholas Daniel, who was appointed as the summer school’s artistic director on a one-year contract for 2014.

Daniel said of MacGregor’s succession: ‘I am delighted to learn that Joanna will be taking over from me when my year at the summer school is completed. I have known her for many years and know that she understands the school’s unique blend of professional and amateur, how it helps people to revitalise, educate and learn, and how it can form unique creative partnerships. All of these things help make the summer school what it is.’

MacGregor has been the head of piano at the Royal Academy of Music since 2011 and joined the University of London as a professor in 2013. She was the artistic director of Bath International Music Festival for six years, and was also the curator of the multi-arts Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House in 2010.

This summer marks Dartington International Summer School’s 61st year. A three-week programme will take place from 26 July to 15 August, with a focus on early music in the first week, continuing with a week for families and string players, and closing with a focus on wind and brass. Under the direction of MacGregor, the summer school will be extended by an extra week in 2015.

MacGregor said of her new role: ‘Having been involved with summer school for many years I am delighted to take on this exciting role and to have the opportunity to shape the future of this wonderful celebration of music and creativity.’

www.dartington.org/summer-school

(Image credit: Pal Hansen)

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