Not a lot of people know that….
Not only is the Petworth Festival Souvenir Programme a thing of beauty, but it is also a source of fascinating information and detail which takes the reader way beyond anything that appears on the festival website or in the Festival Brochure. It is also extraordinary value for money at £5 for over 70 pages. Over 70 pages of fascinating and well-researched background information on all 45+ programmed festival events. That’s barely 10p per event!
This year’s Souvenir Programme includes:
- Full programme listings, biographies and artist photos
- Detailed and informative programme notes on all classical events written by expert David Truslove
- Special '60-second' exclusive interviews with Sir John Tomlinson, Rick Wakeman, MILOŠ, Misha Mullov-Abbado and Luke Kempner
- Full listings of festival supporters and sponsors
- Key future dates for your diary
Also look out for the series of quirky snippets about the festival’s composers and their music that have become a quietly enjoyed element of the Souvenir Programme since it was first produced. For example did you know that…
- After the initial failure of William Tell, Gioachino Rossini gave up writing opera and decided to concentrate on cooking. He produced inventive recipes such as Thrush and Chestnut soup and devised a way of stuffing macaroni with foie gras using a silver syringe.
- The 2 year old Mozart on hearing a pig squeal immediately declared the note to be a G#. His father went to the piano and… it was a G#
- Rachmaninov had possibly the largest hands of any musician, which is why some of his piano works are fiendishly difficult for less well-endowed performers. He could span 12 piano keys from the tip of his little finger to the tip of his thumb.