From our Artistic Director

One big thank you to everyone who supported or contributed to this Summer’s Festival – audiences, sponsors, volunteers and, of course, artists. Ultimately a festival will only ever be judged on the basis of the individual events, but whichever way you look at it, the ‘stats’ on this year’s event have been extraordinary. More events than before, more tickets sold overall (up by 15% year on year), more sold out events than ever, and the highest proportion of tickets ever sold… And then of course the events themselves not least the blockbusters with MILOŠ, Rick Wakeman and the three Petworth House Stables events. Who will ever forget the concerts with Chineke!, the Julian Bliss Septet, Kabantu, Matthew Barley’s stunning evening with Soumik Datta and Sukhvinder Singh, and the young pianists Ke Ma and Hao Zi Yoh? In fact name your own! Truly mesmerising events. Our attention now turns both to the 42nd Festival (15 July – 1 August) and, more immediately, to the Petworth Festival Literary Week which runs from Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November (on sale date Wednesday 2 October). Do contact us if you can help in any way, whether as a sponsor, patron or volunteer, but for now enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you in the Autumn… Stewart Collins, Artistic Director