16 JULY - 3 AUGUST
12.00pm - 10.00pm
With nearly 50 events all told, it can be baffling to work out which festival performances to attend. One way is to follow the Artistic Director’s Trail – a series of twelve events specially recommended by Petworth Festival’s Stewart Collins. Stewart’s mantra for festival audiences has always been that they should not just attend what they know at the festival. ‘My own personal journey has been to realise that there is excellence in every art form, and a festival is a great opportunity to take yourself out of your comfort zone.’
This year’s trail covers the range of events across the festival fortnight – classical, jazz, world music, comedy and theatre. Starting with the world famous violinist Viktoria Mullova and ranging via The Dad’s Army Radio Show(‘the highest quality theatre and comedy at the same time’), via Matthew Barley’s magnificent collaboration with Asian musicians Soumik Datta and Ustad Sukhvinder Singh, a mad cap production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and the festival’s ‘pay what you like’ contemporary music event with The Riot Ensemble, this could be the answer to the comment we hear year on year – ‘there’s just so much to do, we never know quite what to choose!’
Artistic Director's Trail 2019: Wednesday 17 July Viktoria Mullova with Misha Mullov-Abbado, Thursday 18 July The Dad's Army Radio Show 5pm & 8pm, Saturday 20 July Chineke!, Sunday 21 July John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus, Monday 22 July I Fagiolini - Leonardo da Vinci: Shaping the Invisible, Tuesday 23 July The Brook Street Band - Zimmerman's Kaffeehaus, Wednesday 24 July Imogen Cooper, Monday 29 July Julian Bliss Septet - Gershwin, Tuesday 30 July Kabantu, Wednesday 31 July Matthew Barley with Soumik Datta & Ustad Sukhvinder Singh, Thursday 1 August Much Ado About Nothing and Friday 2 August Riot in Petworth!