From our Artistic Director

Dear Friends

Thanks to everyone who contributed to an astonishing festival that finished on Saturday 31 July – thanks to our sponsors, thanks to our Friends and Patrons, thanks to our volunteers, thanks to our audiences and, above all, thanks to our performers. Time and again these wonderful people told us just how special it was to be back performing live and in the wonderful environment we were able to provide for them whether in St Mary’s Church, the wonderfully renovated Leconfield Hall, the Petworth House Stables and so on. The chemistry between stage and audience was unlike everything I have known. And of course there were a whole series of utterly astounding performances. Who will forget Jess Gillam, Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch, Genesis Sixteen, Si Cranstoun and SO many others…

This festival also saw us sadly saying farewell to our utterly brilliant Festival Manager, Kate Wardle. Her steering over the festival over many years has made it the much loved event it is. To her we send thanks in abundance and every good wish for a long and happy retirement.

But now… it’s on to the Literary Festival. Please watch this space for details which will be announced at the end of September/ beginning of October, so definitely save the dates! Friday 29 October – Sunday 7 November. We’ll see you there!

Good wishes
Stewart Collins