Petworth Festival

16 October to 1 November

Whilst the arts scene across the country has been massively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, exceptionally good news comes from Petworth where a line-up of stellar names has been announced for this year’s Petworth Festival Autumn Special. Like so many events the annual summer festival was cancelled, but the Petworth Festival team are poised to present a sequence of events that features a top drawer line up of both musical and literary talents.

The undoubted musician-of-the-moment, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his equally lauded sister pianist Isata; guitarist extraordinaire MILOŠ; pianist Mitsuko Uchida; and jazz singers Patti Boulaye and Clare Teal all bring their music to the beautiful St Mary’s Church over an initial week of memorable performance events (16-24 October).

In the second week the focus falls on the literary world, the festival’s 10th anniversary literary week featuring top authors William Boyd, Anthony Horowitz and Joanna Trollope as well as journalist James Naughtie, ‘War Horse’ author Michael Morpurgo, and Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, the mother of ‘the most talented musical family in the world’.

All events will be expertly filmed and streamed online and according to Festival Director Stewart Collins ‘we will be aiming to recreate as much of a live experience as possible with real-time Q&A sessions with the authors as well as small invited audiences at all events to ensure a level of ambience that will make a huge difference to all the participants, most of whom have not performed since March. As much as anything else it will be very special to hear the sound of applause once again!’ 

The full programme will be announced and booking opens on Thursday 17 September

About the festival:

The twin Petworth Festivals (Summer and Autumn Literary) have been in rude health in recent times. Celebrating the 40th anniversary in 2018, the 2019 festivals saw record box office and sponsorship figures, the artistic programmes having been headlined respectively by MILOŠ, Rick Wakeman and Julian Clary, and David Suchet, Prue Leith CBE and Max Hastings.

Both Festivals take place in venues across West Sussex including Petworth Park, The Petworth House Stable Yard, Seaford College and Midhurst Rother College, plus the two ‘home’ venues of St Mary’s Church and the Leconfield Hall. The festival was recognised in 2019 by the National Lottery’s ‘Communities Fund’ for its work in the community and towards attracting new audiences. ‘Eclecticism’ is the word most regularly associated with the Petworth Festival, artists, ensembles and writers from the widest range of performing disciplines and literary genres being the hallmark of twin festivals that attract audiences both from West Sussex and further afield.

For more information or to buy tickets please visit Petworth Festival
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