From our Artistic Director

This strangest of years has wound its way to the Autumn already, but hopefully what you find on these pages will bring some genuine joy. Thanks to the incredible loyalty of our Festival sponsors, some tireless work by my colleagues in the festival team, and huge support from artists, agents and publishing houses, we are able to bring you a genuinely star-studded fortnight of events. The events are all online, but they should have a real ‘Petworth’ feel about them. Everything* will be taking place in St Mary’s Church or the Leconfield Hall, and there will also be small audiences at each event, this being our way of thanking our sponsors as well as helping ensure that we create the sense of occasion and atmosphere so essential to a ’real’ event.

We hope you savour what you see and hear. It’s amazing that Petworth can boast a line up that includes the likes of Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason, Mitsuko Uchida, William Boyd and Joanna Trollope… we hope you’ll support us in the best way you can and help ensure that the Petworth Festival emerges from this terrible year in a stable and recognisable shape.

Every good wish, Stewart Collins

*bar the specially recorded events with Joanna Trollope and James Naughtie