Petworth, United Kingdom, June 15, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- One of West Sussex’ great success stories on the arts and entertainment front, the Petworth Festival, has enjoyed growing audiences in recent years and a parallel growth in its reputation as a presenter of many types of top quality performance. From its outset, the Festival has been able to attract the biggest names in classical music and this year is no exception with visits from leading British baritone and star of the Last Night of the BBC Proms, Roderick Williams, top chamber ensemble The Coull Quartet, and former BBC Young Musicians of the Year, cellist Natalie Clein, but its recent growth support has been on the back of an expansion of its jazz and comedy programmes. In the latter case this July’s festival sees the second running of ‘Comedy in The Stables’, which features no less than four acts in the fabulously atmospheric stable yard in Petworth House. The comedy night is headlined by the international stars that are the Rainer Hersch Orkestra and top stand up Hal Cruttenden. Rainer’s previous visit to the festival resulted in an extra show being scheduled such was the demand for tickets. Comedy also sees the festival back in Midhurst where Angus Deayton and colleagues will appear as they recreate two episodes from the cult 1980’s Radio 4 series, Radio Active.
Traditional and world music again feature with welcome visits from two remarkable and varied ensembles, variously the Bulgarian Bisserov Sisters, and the Senegalese/ Brazilian/Italian supergroup that is the AKA Trio.
The visual arts are returning to the festival in the shape of Frances Hatch’s Impromptu at the Kevis House Gallery, whilst family and community events also feature with a performance of The Emperor’s New Clothes at Bignor Park, singer/actor Matt Sharp’s brilliant piece of music theatre for the family, Tommy Foggo Superhero, and perhaps the most potentially enjoyable Come and Sing event ever as top choral director Ben Parry invites all-comers to join in a sing-along Sound of Music.
Petworth Festival takes places from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 29 July
Tickets online www.petworthfestival.org.uk and by phone on 01798 344576