Petworth Festival

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21 April 2022 It’s Business as un-usual at the Petworth Festival

A summer Arts Festival and Autumn Literary Week staged at venues in and around the beautiful market town of Petworth.

Founded in 1979, the now three-week festival annually programmes artists and performers from the very top drawer right across the performing genres. Having started as a celebration of classical music, the festival continues to present some of the leading names seen on the biggest stages around the world, with MILOŠ, Steven Isserlis, Mitsuko Uchida and Sheku Kanneh-Mason all being recent visitors.

In the last few years, the range of the festival has spread significantly and the impressive roll of performers now includes top names from the world of comedy – Paul Merton, Julian Clary and Gyles Brandreth; jazz and blues – Claire Martin, Clare Teal, Joe Stilgoe and Georgie Fame; and world music with artists from around the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and beyond.

The free festival and community outreach programmes have also become a major focus as has the promotion of young up-and-coming performers, with 2021 seeing the festival celebrate its 6th year in partnership with London’s Royal Academy of Music.

The Petworth Festival Literary Week was established in 2011 as a sister event in the Petworth calendar. Now expanded to a full week each autumn, the literary festival has seen major authors and public figures such as William Boyd, David Suchet, Julian Fellowes, Joanna Trollope, Max Hastings, Michael Palin, Prue Leith and Victoria Hislop lighting up the Autumn nights.

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    July 29, 2022
    The 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition Winner Petworth Festival celebrates a new relationship with the world-renowned Leeds International Piano Competition, whose winners since its inception in 1963 have included Murray Parahia, Dimitri Alexeev, Artur Pizarro and many other of the...
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    July 28, 2022
    A very special sequence of concerts featuring one of the UK’s most accomplished vocal ensembles who have devised a series of programmes celebrating the 650th anniversary of the reform movement. The three performances take place variously in the former Catholic...
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    July 28, 2022
    A very special sequence of concerts featuring one of the UK’s most accomplished vocal ensembles who have devised a series of programmes celebrating the 650th anniversary of the reform movement. The three performances take place variously in the former Catholic...
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    July 28, 2022
    A very special sequence of concerts featuring one of the UK’s most accomplished vocal ensembles who have devised a series of programmes celebrating the 650th anniversary of the reform movement. The three performances take place variously in the former Catholic...
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    July 26, 2022
    Michael Foyle – violin Tim Hugh – cello Iain Burnside – piano We welcome Iain Burnside once again (see 19 July) in the second of two very special chamber concerts. Recently formed by violinist Michael Foyle, cellist Timothy Hugh and Iain Burnside, the...
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    July 26, 2022
    At Sofas & Stuff Workshop, Fittleworth, RH20 1ER The Petworth Festival is delighted to return to the stylish showrooms of Sofas & Stuff in Fittleworth for two hour-long intimate and, above all, comfortable concerts, featuring a notable musical and domestic...
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    July 25, 2022
    The current generation finds us blessed with a crop of fine British vocal groups. In addition to three scheduled performances by the Gesualdo Six later in the festival, we welcome back the first amongst equals, I Fagiolini – directed by...
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    July 24, 2022
    One that got away in 2021 because of the pandemic. What a highlight it would have been then – and what a highlight it still stands to be! We are delighted to welcome the one and only Christian Lindberg of...
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    July 23, 2022
    Emma Baird – violin Samuel Vincent – cello Xiaowen Shang – piano The Ravenglass Trio features three exceptional senior Royal Academy musicians, variously: violinist Emma Baird, currently studying with Ying Xue and who works as a Lead Ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation, assisting...
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    July 22, 2022
    Many in the Petworth audience will remember Tai Murray’s first appearance at the festival when leading the Chineke! Ensemble in 2019. She now brings her very special blend of virtuosity and sheer joy of music-making to Champs Hill in a...
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    July 22, 2022
    James MacMillan – Kiss on Wood  Ravel – Violin Sonata No. 1 (Posthume) Respighi – Sonata in B Minor  Dvorak/Kreisler – Songs My Mother Taught Me In a change to the previously published programme, we are joined by two fine young Royal Academy musicians...
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    July 20, 2022
    Described by The Times as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘soaringly passionate’, Natalie Clein has built a distinguished career, regularly performing at major venues and with orchestras worldwide. She brings a programme featuring Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata – the Arpeggione being a now long-forgotten instrument also known as...
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    July 19, 2022
    Julia Sitkovetsky – soprano  Dmitry Sitkovetsky – violin  Tim Hugh – cello  Iain Burnside – piano  The first of two stellar chamber concerts featuring the award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed pianist Iain Burnside in the company of three outstanding collaborators for a genuinely unusual programme...
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    July 19, 2022
    Małgorzata Zwierzchowska – violin/viola Władysław Lech – clarinet  Eden Agranat Meged – piano Kvadrat Trio is a London-based clarinet trio. Formed in April 2021, the trio has performed recitals at the Royal Academy of Music and have been awarded the prestigious Harold Craxton...
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    July 18, 2022
    In the second concert featuring a leading pianist and the great piano repertoire we welcome Steven Osborne, arguably one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire have won him numerous awards including the RPS’s...
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    July 17, 2022
    In the first of two back-to-back concerts focusing on the repertoire of a single piano ‘great’ and given by leading international pianists, Australian pianist Piers Lane performs a sequence of Chopin’s exquisite Nocturnes. Between 1827 and 1846 Chopin wrote 21...
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    July 15, 2022
    The festival returns to one of the region’s most atmospheric concert venues, Champs Hill. In the first of this year’s three concerts, internationally renowned harpist Ruth Wall explores the theme of Migration in its many forms. Ruth and composer Graham...
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    July 15, 2022
    Sean Shibe recently joined the ranks of the most exciting and watchable young musicians to have emerged in recent years. One of the first artists to return to the Wigmore Hall following the Covid-19 lockdown, he received a five-star review...
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    July 15, 2022
    The festival is delighted to work once again with artists supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean is a singer on a very fast upward trajectory. A versatile and dynamic concert artist, her performance experience encompasses...
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    July 14, 2022
    Many of our audience will remember with joy the last visit of the London Mozart Players to Petworth – the first live music played in St Mary’s Church in 2020 after the first lockdown, when they were joined by the...