From our Artistic Director

In many ways 2020 is likely to go down in history as 'the year that never was' given the amount of normal life that has simply disappeared thanks to Covid-19. In that light we have to offer our profoundest thanks to the many people who helped the Petworth Festival stage a fortnight of events that were unquestionably in the festival's best traditions of variety, notoriety and quality. To have been able to offer a stage to musicians such as the Kanneh-Masons, MILOŠ and Mitsuko Uchida and authors such as William Boyd, Joanna Trollope and Anthony Horowitz in a year like this has been nothing short of thrilling, and the sponsors who enabled us to do so deserve every bit of credit we can offer them.

As I write, 2021 is only just around the corner. None of us know quite what that year or our own contribution to it will look like, but we will definitely be back and hopefully as proudly and positively as we have been following this, the most unpredictable and difficult of years. A happy new year to all of you as and when we get there, and here's to a cracking 2021 festival whatever shape it will take!

Stewart Collins

November 2020