Petworth Festival

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07.04.24 Petworth Festival June Edition
17.07.23 Petworth Festival offers twin voyages of discovery
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10.05.23 The Summer Festival Box Office is now open!
01.07.22 Concerts coming up at the Petworth Festival
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18.09.20 Profile: Stewart Collins

June Edition: 31 May & 1 June 2024
Summer Festival: 10 – 27 July 2024. Box office opens 9 May
Literary Festival: 23 October – 3 November 2024


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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Details of the July 2024 event to be added soon.

Events by this performer
Upcoming
June 1, 2024
Catrin Finch is without doubt one of Petworth Festival’s most admired artists: her previous visits have been inspirational and uplifting, most recently in 2023 in tandem with the joyous Columbian band, Cimarrón. Catrin’s latest project sees her working with one...
Upcoming
June 1, 2024
We welcome back to Petworth Festival the world-renowned Julian Lloyd Webber with this hugely entertaining retrospective of a career spent touring the world with his beloved Stradivarius cello. His talk comes complete with a series of striking and – in...
Expired
July 29, 2023
We are overjoyed to bring back the ‘one-off’ that is Jess Gillam. Jess has been forging her own adventurous path since she shot to fame becoming the first saxophonist to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician and the youngest...
Expired
July 29, 2023
Described as ‘superb’ by the Financial Times and ‘extraordinary’ by Classical Source, the Aurora Percussion Duo produce adrenaline-fuelled concert performances which are visually spectacular, and physically demanding, all presented with the artistry of dedicated chamber musicians. Delia Stevens and Le Yu delve into a repertoire...
Expired
July 28, 2023
Following the astonishing first flourishing of the festival’s relationship with the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2022 when Alim Beisembayev lit up a packed St Mary’s Church, we welcome another of the prize winners from the triennial competition, the Japanese...
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July 27, 2023
The Franco-Scottish soprano Clara Orif and Royal Academy peer, pianist Jack Redman, present A Journey Across European Landscapes – a beautifully-crafted programme that combines the music of Manuel de Falla, Maurice Ravel, Antonin Dvorak and Richard Strauss… a sequence that combines the...
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July 25, 2023
Another former BBC Young Musician of the Year, cellist Laura van der Heijden, takes to the St Mary’s stage in a programme featuring the cello-sonata-that-is-pretty-much-a-double-concerto, Rachmaninov’s immense Sonata in G Minor. A piece that contains all the passion and drama...
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July 22, 2023
A lunchtime concert in the company of two highly engaging young musicians who share a passion for multiple genres and musical styles. Supported by the Musicians’ Company, Eleanor and Gus formed their duo two years ago as second year undergraduates...
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July 21, 2023
A graduate of the Royal College of Music Opera School, the German mezzo-soprano Maria Hegele isa Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Heidelberg Fruhling Scholar. She is joined by a fellow recipient of a prestigious Imogen Cooper scholarship, pianist Anna Szalucka,...
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July 21, 2023
The crème de la crème of the current cohort of pianists at the Royal Academy of Music, the extraordinarily accomplished Lithuanian pianist Milda Daunoraite has put together a compelling programme that takes in three works showing how the musical landscape has changed...
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July 18, 2023
Lucy Parham –  piano Alex Jennings  –  narrator Scripted by Lucy Parham Elégie chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Though he became an exile in 1917, Russia remained deeply rooted in his soul. His cultural identity and his...
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July 17, 2023
Based at Windsor Castle, members of The Queen’s Six make up part of the Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel, whose homes lie within the castle walls. The chapel choir itself sings at the eight weekly services, as well as...
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July 16, 2023
The extraordinary story that is the Kanneh- Mason family continues in the hands of pianist Jeneba. The third of the family to establish herself as a soloist, Jeneba has already made waves in Petworth when she exhibited incredible flair and...
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July 15, 2023
The internationally acclaimed Anthony Marwood and James Crabb have been collaborating regularly since their first concerts together as a duo at the Wigmore Hall in London. One of the country’s most respected and versatile musicians, soloist, director and chamber musician...
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July 15, 2023
A second performance by the Asaka Quartet, this time in Graffham’s beautiful village church. The first is at All Hallows, Tillington, the same day at 12 noon. Bridge – String Quartet No.1 in E minor ‘Bologna’ Ned Bigham – Bignor...
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July 14, 2023
A musical celebration that showcases the latest cohort of remarkable young musicians produced so consistently by Stoke d’Abernon’s Yehudi Menuhin School. The legendary violinist and polymath Menuhin founded the school in 1963 to provide an environment and tuition for musically...
Expired
July 14, 2023
The festival renews its important relationship with the leading conservatoire which has consistently delivered some of the festival’s musical highlights. The first of this year’s hour-long lunchtime concerts features the Hygge Trio, their repertoire ranging from Glinka via Philip Cashian...
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July 13, 2023
We welcome a star-studded quintet led by violinist Jack Liebeck, of whom Gramophone magazine recently wrote – ‘his playing is virtually flawless in its technical ease, scintillating articulateness and purity of tone.’ High praise indeed. The centre piece in a...
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July 12, 2023
The festival opens with a truly special night featuring the finest of this country’s elite vocal ensembles – Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short. Described as ‘phenomenal’ (The Times) and ‘devastatingly beautiful’ (Gramophone) the award-winning Tenebrae is unequalled in both its...
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June 3, 2023
Born in Provence and blind since the age of 3, Bernard began learning piano and organ at the age of eleven using scores written in braille. In 1974 he became the youngest French Baccalaureate graduate of the year and four years later...
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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...
Expired
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...
Expired
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...