Petworth Festival: This is when it is being held, here are the names of those appearing, and this is how to obtain tickets

Petworth Festival is promising a “superbly varied and inventive” line-up this summer.

Stewart Collins
Stewart Collins

Running from Wednesday, July 13-Saturday, July 30, it will offer 45 events over 18 days.

Festival director Stewart Collins said he was hugely enthusiastic about the prospects for a festival that promises to build on the momentum that has been developing over recent years. “We are absolutely putting the experience of the last two years behind us and once again bringing a range of events to Petworth and the locality that is the measure of any of the region’s top celebrations of the arts and performance in all their many beautiful guises.’

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“Always a diverse and varied festival, the festival again sees a mix of the best in music – classical, jazz, tradition and world – comedy, theatre, family entertainment and the visual arts.”

There will be

• Classical stars including cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Natalie Clein and international stars including trombonist Christian Lindberg and violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky

• Top comedians Milton Jones and Henry Normal

• Rock and pop legends Beverley Craven and Judy Tzuke

“Young classical superstar Sean Shibe heads a line-up of guitarists that also includes blues legend Dave Kelly, Flamenco musical magician Juan Martín, and jazz legends Jon Gomm and Antonio Forcione; the piano line-up features the absolute top of his trade, boogie woogie maestro Ben Waters and a host of top classical names that includes Steven Osborne, Piers Lane and Iain Burnside as well as Alim Beisembayev, a name that will new to many but a rising star amongst rising stars. Alim is the newly crowned winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition and this concert marks the start of a new relationship between the festival and one of the world’s most prestigious platforms for classical piano.

“There is much else new including environmental themed theatre and dance for the family; concerts in the classy showrooms of Fittleworth’s Sofas and Stuff featuring husband and wife pairing of Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and special events tying in with the district wide Culture Spark, a summer of activities across Chichester district.”

The festival’s projects under the Culture Spark banner are

• A lantern making project and parade with pupils from nine local schools in association with The Arts Society of West Sussex

• A promenade theatre production of Wind in the Willows at the Coultershaw Heritage Site

• A choral pilgrimage by vocal group The Gesualdo Six taking in concerts in Easebourne, Graffham and Petworth

Stewart added: “I was going to say that it will be business as usual at the Petworth Festival this year after the hiatus of the last two years but in fact we would never deliver a ‘festival as usual’ – a Petworth Festival should only ever be business as unusual… and we think that’s what we have lined up for this summer.”

Box office open: May 13. www.petworthfestival.org.uk or 01798 344576.

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