This year’s Petworth Festival, which opens on 13 July, offers a feast for piano fans this year.
Thanks to a new partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, Petworth will showcase the first, second and third prizewinners over consecutive years, with current Leeds winner Alim Beisembayev performing at Petworth on 29 July in a programme of music by Haydn, Beethoven and Liszt.
“It is one of the greatest privileges we could wish for to be able to showcase winners of such an important international piano competition as The Leeds….I know they will be a source of great inspiration to young musicians in our area.” – Neil Franks, Chair of Petworth Festival
From a young concert pianist at the start of an international career to a grand statesman of the piano, Piers Lane gives a concert of Nocturnes by Chopin, some of the best-loved piano music in the repertoire, on 17 July.
Another piano treat awaits the next day when Steven Osborne performs Debussy, a glorious programme which includes the much-loved Arabesques.
For jazz fans there’s boogie-woogie with Ben Waters, who celebrates the music of some of his heroes – Fats Domino, Huey Piano Smith, Albert Ammons, Ian Stewart (founder member of the Rolling Stones), Jerry Lee Lewis, Diz Watson – as well as performing his own compositions.
In addition, the Festival welcomes some of the finest chamber pianists – Martin Roscoe, Iain Burnside, Charles Owen, Huw Watkins – joined by, amongst others, violinist Tai Murray, soprano Julia Sitkovetsky, and cellist Natalie Clein,
This feast of music takes place in the lovely West Susssex town of Petworth from 13 to 30 July. The town is easily accessible from London by road and rail, and there is plenty on offer during the two-week festival to satisfy all tastes, including events for children.
Full details and tickets on the Petworth Festival website