Tickets for the 2024 Petworth Festival are available soon

‘We want to bring to the festival the latest generation of performers, and some which are known to a newer, younger generation.’

Petworth Festival – 10 to 27 July 2024

If ever there was a year to enjoy the thrill of LIVE performance in Petworth, this is clearly it.

Announcing the full line up of this year’s festival artists, Petworth’s Artistic Director Stewart Collins acknowledged his absolute delight at the prospects for the coming summer:

‘We have always sought to bring the greatest quality of performance to Petworth, but when you add in the sheer charisma of so many of this year’s artists, I can only look forward to the festival with the most extraordinary degree of anticipation!’

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Stewart adds, ‘We do attract very fine professional artists who you’d find in the best concert halls around the country and beyond. This year there is interesting focus on absolute stage charisma, which we believe will be added to the brilliant and competent performances.

‘I’d also like to emphasize the June Edition as a taster of the main festival, which introduces the three different falvours people are going to enjoy, and in particular Julian Lloyd Webber, who’s assembled a number of video clips into a visually fascinating presentation.

‘The Festival also is catering to a younger audience, which of course everyone in classical music is very conscious of. We want to bring to the festival the latest generation of performers, and some which are known to a newer, younger generation.’

Backing up his comments, Stewart points to a whole series of unique talents who will be taking to the Petworth stage. Classical stars Simon Keenlyside, Boris Giltburg and Joanna MacGregor all have what Stewart describes as ‘that crucial x-factor’, as do stellar talents from other genres, jazz musicians Eliane Correa and Petworth favourite Joe Stilgoe, world music star N’famady Kouyate, performance poet and storyteller Luke Wright, and Mike and the Mechanics front man Roachford, who brings his own band to the festival.

And it goes way beyond this. The South African cellist Abel Selaocoe is a force of nature whether playing Bach or traditional African music; Martin Harley is genuinely one of the modern blues-guitar greats; percussionist Delia Stephens playing in tandem with harmonica genius Will Pound… virtuosity simply doesn’t sum it up!

And that’s not to mention the ‘Big Gigs’ at The Petworth House Stable Yard and Midhurst Rother College

Thurs 18 July      The Wonder of Stevie – a triumphant celebration of the music of Stevie Wonder

Fri 19 July            Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours  – a vivid recreation by The Transatlantic Ensemble

Sat 20 July           Jazz in the Stables  – headlined by Anglo/Cuban powerhouse Eliane Correa

Wed 24 July        Aretha – the brilliant Vanessa Haynes of Incognito stars

Thurs 25 July      Roachford  – the dynamic front man of Mike and the Mechanics with his own band

Fri 26 July            Comedy Double Bill – with Mark Watson and Mark Simmons

The Petworth Festival kicks off on Wednesday 10 July and runs all the way through to Saturday 27 July when events culminate with a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (‘blue’ being a theme that runs through the festival) in the hands of yet another astonishing talent, Ronnie Scott’s supremo pianist James Pearson.

Events run every day including a dozen daytime/lunchtime events with family events scheduled for both Coultershaw Heritage Site and the Leconfield Hall.

Box Office opens 9 May 2024 – Information and tickets at: www.petworthfestival.org.uk/whats-on

Image: Boris Giltburg (c) Sasha Gusov

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