From our Artistic Director

Welcome to the 2018 Petworth Festival – the 40th anniversary Festival, and one with a programme to match and salute our major milestone. There are many reasons to hope you will be able to join us this year not least our ‘significant’ anniversary, but also because we have put together a programme of immense variety and extraordinary notoriety. The list of top line performers is unprecedented, but just to mention a few, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Steven Isserlis, The King’s Singers, Bernard d’Ascoli, Alistair McGowan, Barbara Dickson, Elin Manahan Thomas, Darius Brubeck, Gyles Brandreth, Paul Merton ….

The programme offers four specific strands; special events in celebration of our 40 years (including three that feature former Festival Artistic Directors); concerts by some of the festival’s ‘Best Friends’ - performers who have particularly made waves at previous festivals; performances that doff the cap to the major anniversary that is the conclusion of the First World War; and ‘Open Door’ - a series of events focusing on young and emerging performers or which are specifically aimed at the younger and family audience. All four strands reflect the best of the last 40 years, but never have we quite pushed the boat out in this way.

We are hugely proud of what the Petworth Festival has achieved in the last 40 years, and we thank those who have so loyally supported us. We hope we can continue to rely on that support both this summer and in the longer term and to reward it in the only way we can…

Stewart Collins
April 2018

Petworth Festival’s Artistic Director Stewart Collins has recorded a series of video clips for this year’s Festival:

Please click on a title to view Stewart's introductions to the varied strands of this year's anniversary programme: Introduction | Festival Friends Priority Booking | Festival 40! special events to celebrate | Centenary Anniversary of the First World War | World Music and Film | Jazz | Classical | Comedy | Events for everyone! | 'Best Friends' |

Alternatively, please click here to view all the clips on the festival's YouTube channel.