Petworth Festival has a long history of working with the finest artists and performers across the genres, but from the outset, classical music has formed the core of the annual Summer event. The 2019 programme, running from Tuesday 16 July to Saturday 3 August, once again boasts a top-drawer line up of performers, all regulars on the biggest platforms of the world.
The diverse array of soloists includes ‘the hottest guitarist in the world’ Miloš Karadaglić; violinists Viktoria Mullova and Tamsin Waley-Cohen; and pianists Imogen Cooper and Barry Douglas; ensembles appearing include the Brodsky Quartet with guest cellist Laura van der Heijden; stellar vocal ensemble I Fagiolini with a programme in celebration of the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci; Chineke!, the young ensemble that features black and ethnic minority classical musicians, and the ensemble Counterpoise who, in a major coup for the festival, appear with one of the greatest opera singers of recent generations, bass-baritone Sir John Tomlinson.
Artistic director Stewart Collins said: “I’d like to think that, following a record-breaking 40th-anniversary year, the Petworth Festival hits the spot again this summer with what is becoming a trademark, eclectic series of events. These range from classical superstar Miloš, to rock legend Rick Wakeman and a hilarious recreation of the evergreen sitcom Dad’s Army. But we couldn’t be happier with the prospect of bringing the likes of Sir John (Tomlinson) to Petworth over the summer. I truly believe we have a whole raft of magnificent performances in prospect.”
As ever the festival also celebrates the finest in jazz and world-roots music, comedy and family entertainment in a programme that runs for nearly three weeks.
Image: Viktoria Mullova, credit Henry Fair