From our Artistic Director

25 June 2020

Dear Friends

The news over the past months has been almost unremittingly bad, but throughout the torrid months we’ve all experienced, my colleagues at the Petworth Festival have been determined that, come what may, the Petworth Festival flag will fly during 2020. That is the happy news we are now in a position to announce.

The happy news is that the Petworth Festival Special will run this Autumn between Friday 16 October and Sunday 1 November, a special on-line mix ‘for 2020 only’ of stellar performances and literary events: more about October’s schedule will be announced on 1 August. The other good news is that between 7.30pm on Tuesday 14 July and midnight on Saturday 1 August, at any point you will be able to catch an on-line concert being specially recorded in St Mary’s Church - a three part mini-celebration that features two remarkable sets of students from the Royal Academy of Music and one of our all time favourite performers, the piano genius, Harry the Piano. Each will give us short performances to remind us of the wonderful chemistry between live music and our beautiful ‘home’ venue.

At the same time we will be making an appeal for your help. The cancellation of this summer’s festival has had a serious impact on the festival’s finances and we make no bones about the need make good the losses we’ve sustained below the water line. The on-line concert will be available free to all, but we will be asking for and urging your support at whatever level you feel you can afford, thank you. Every contribution helps.

For now, the warmest wishes from all of us at the Festival, and we hope you can join us at any point from 7.30pm on Tuesday 14 July.

Sincerely, Stewart Collins and the Festival Team