Thank you for your tremendous support of our 5th Literary Weekend

Dear Friends

The curtain has now fallen on the Festival’s public events for 2015, but what a year it has been, culminating with November’s 5th Literary Festival. The summer festival will remain long in the memory with so many stand out performances by the likes of Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt, La Serenissima’s extraordinary Four Seasons, the Armonico Enemble’s similarly remarkable Rachmaninov Vespers, and then the whole raft of successes in the wider programme, not least Paul Merton and his Impro Chums, the ridiculously enjoyable dance night with the Bo Diddlers and the sell out Jazz in the Stables event with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. And then we moved on to the literary festival where once again our largest ever audiences enjoyed fascinating and often moving events with the likes of Jane Hawking, Terry Waite, Andy McNab, David Starkey and Alan Johnson. Very very special!

If we now go quiet for a little while, I hope you will understand: the finishing touches are currently being applied to the 2016 Summer Festival and we will be announcing the line up at the end of March. We look forward to seeing you next July, but if in the meantime you would like to find out more about joining the Friends of Petworth Festival or if you would like details of event sponsorship, do please get in touch. We have very high standards to maintain and we genuinely need your support in our mission to deliver the most brilliant imaginable festivals for West Sussex and our immediate area.

As I write it may be a little early to wish you happy Christmas and a prosperous new year but time will no doubt rush by.

Good wishes to all!

Stewart Collins
Artistic Director